Monday, May 02, 2005

Air pollution kills an estimated 5900 Canadians every year

Health Canada released a report today stating that deaths from air pollution are up 900 from 3 years ago.

Health Canada conducted health studies and used complex statistical models to derive the estimate, which was based on air pollution and mortality data from Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, Calgary and Vancouver.

Health Canada's science serves as a basis for strategies that aim to improve air quality, such as the Canada-U.S. Border Air Quality Strategy and Canada's Clean Air Agenda. The science also informs the Canadian public about actions they can take to reduce air pollution and their risk of being negatively affected.

The Government of Canada's Clean Air Agenda commits money and resources for government, industry and communities to work together to improve air quality by addressing the following aspects: transportation, industry, transboundary pollution, monitoring and reporting, scientific research and public outreach.


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