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Metro Vancouver’s Air Quality Is Worse Than Beijing And Delhi Right Now (GRAPH)

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Metro Vancouver has issued yet another air advisory as black smoke continues to darken BC skies.

As a result of hundreds of wildfires ranging across the province, officials have declared a state of emergency. Troops are being sent in from across the country, and residents evacuated.

Of course, residents of Metro Vancouver haven’t had to leave their homes; however, the level of pollution in the Lower Mainland is staggering.

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In fact, a website called BreezoMeter has developed a global air quality index that gives the most accurate indication of pollution in real-time, at street level. Shockingly, parts of the Lower Mainland, far from the fires, have some of the worst air quality worldwide.

For example, the reading below states that as of Wednesday, August 15th, Burnaby’s air pollution registered at 142, or unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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Photo: BreezoMeter

The map has a grimmer reading for Kelowna, at 157, which is registered as unhealthy for everyone.

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Photo: BreezoMeter

Notorious for its poor air quality, Beijing looks squeaky clean. In spite of being densely populated, the global city registers at 43, or excellent. As such, it is ideal air quality for outdoor activities. China has been proactive in trying to reduce their greenhouse gases, which leads to the cleaner score.

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Photo: BreezoMeter

Contrastingly, Delhi’s air quality registers at 115, or unhealthy for sensitive groups. With that being said, Burnaby’s score indicates much poorer environment, even though they are both unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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Metro Vancouver Air Advisory

While the wildfires are creating the smoke, lung irritation doesn’t come directly from the smoke, but rather the smog.

Specifically, ground-level ozone is not emitted directly into the air; it is formed when nitrogen oxides (pollutants emitted when fuels are burned) and volatile organic compounds (emitted from solvents) react in the air in the presence of sunlight.

As a result of these conditions, people should avoid strenuous outdoor activities during mid-afternoon to early evening. Indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.

In addition, exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease and asthma.


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