Human Health

Wildfire Smoke Impacts on Air Quality in Alberta

Air quality is monitored by Alberta Environment and Parks and airsheds using continuous air monitoring stations in more than 30 communities across Alberta. Real-time data from these continuous stations are used to inform the public on current air quality conditions through the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). During wildfire smoke events, portable air quality monitors […]

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Monitoring Air Quality in Alberta: A Tale of Two Metrics

In Canada, provincial and federal governments use a variety of tools to monitor, regulate and maintain our air quality. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and the Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are two of the tools used to assess air quality in Alberta.

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Environmental Monitoring’s Role in Climate Change Leadership

Appropriate environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting vital to successful implementation to Alberta’s Climate Change Leadership Plan…

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The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)

What is the AQHI? The higher the AQHI number, the greater the health risk. Typically ratings will not exceed 10, unless the amount of air contamination is extremely high. An example of an instance in which air quality might receive this rating would be during a forest fire smoke event, when smoke is transported into […]

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Why We Monitor Mercury

Human activity is an increasingly prevalent cause of mercury release. As an example, coal-burning power generation facilities are the most common source of mercury in the environment1. In Alberta, the majority of mercury emissions are through the air2. While mercury is a naturally-occurring element, it can be harmful to the environment and wildlife if it […]

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