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What is Air Pollution?

WHAT IS AIR POLLUTION?

Air pollution consists of undesirable airborne particles, liquids, and gases with chemical properties that are harmful to human health and the environment. Particulate matter (PM) is the most serious kind of air pollution in British Columbia. Most other airborne pollutants are contained within this category. Although they generate specific health risks related to their chemistry, fine particulate matter initiates a broad range of predictable negative health effects related to the extremely tiny physical size of the particles.

The amount of PM in the air is directly linked to overall air quality and to related health outcomes for resident communities. It is the main air quality concern in B.C.

PARTICULATE MATTER - THE KING PIN POLLUTANT

WHAT ARE FINE PARTICULATES
PARTICULATE MATTER AND HEALTH
MEASURING PARTICULATE MATTER
HISTORY OF PM SAMPLING IN PORT ALBERNI
OBJECTIVES AND STANDARDS FOR PARTICULATE MATTER

CRITERIA AIR CONTAMINANTS

PARTICULATE MATTER
NITROGEN DIOXIDE
OZONE
CARBON MONOXIDE
SULPHUR DIOXIDE
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS

NON-CRITERIA AIR CONTAMINANTS

TOXIC SUBSTANCES
PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS
HEAVY METALS
HAZARDOUS

GREEN HOUSE GASES