Metro Vancouver air quality improved over last decade

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A new report from Metro Vancouver says air quality has improved over the last ten years, despite a growing population.

The report says initiatives such as the Wood Stove Exchange Program, which allows you to trade in your old wooden stove for a $250 rebate towards a low-emission appliance, have helped clean up air quality over the past decade.

International regulations for marine fuel have also drastically cut sulphur dioxide emissions.

Despite the promising results, Derek Korrigan, chair of Metro Vancouver’s Climate Action Committee, says it’s important to keep striving to improve.

“While air quality in Metro Vancouver is generally very good, we can’t be complacent,” he says.

“We especially need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whose main sources are cars, trucks, and heating.”

This report comes in the wake of the end of the AirCare program in December of last year.

Metro Vancouver runs the Air Quality Monitoring Network, which includes 28 stations from Horseshoe Bay to Hope, and tests air quality every hour, seven days a week. Real-time data is available here.

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