Air Clean Up
Air quality worsens in British Columbia
Sep 22 2009
Air quality is said to have deteriorated in parts of Canada due to record-breaking temperatures and smoke from wildfires.
Residents of Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the British Columbia Interior have been experiencing worsened air quality conditions because of smog caused by a combination of heat and smoke from forest fires, according to Metro Vancouver staff.
Air quality planner Laurie Bates-Frymel told the Vancouver Sun that the air quality index was at level six out of ten.
A rating of eight or nine on the scale would signal a "high risk" of the pollution having an effect on the health of the general population, which would lead air quality planners to urge the public to remain indoors.
Meanwhile, a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California revealed that the percentage of Californians who think that poor air quality in the state is a "big problem" has dramatically decreased over the past few years.
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