Three BC experts co-wrote an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail that highlights the impact on air pollution on our lungs and calls for stronger actions during this pandemic that attacks our respiratory health.
They note that air pollution from some sources have been reduced as traffic and other activities have been reduced. “But that doesn’t mean all drivers of pollution have been eliminated. In British Columbia, other major sources include open burning of agricultural and forestry waste, as well as residential wood heating and road dust.”
In a list of what actions are needed, they write, “First, until the pandemic is over, using fireplaces in our homes should be banned when they’re not needed as a primary heating source.”