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A man pulls his kids behind an electric bicycle near the pier in Huntington Beach, Calif. Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register via Getty Images

E-bike incentives are a costly way to cut carbon emissions, but they also promote health, equity and cleaner air

Many incentive programs promote e-bike use, but they aren’t necessarily targeting the right people for the right reasons.
Thick wildfire smoke blankets the landscape near Water Valley, Alta., in May 2023. Evidence linking wildfire smoke with adverse health effects has been accumulating for years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Wildfire smoke is an increasing threat to Canadians’ health

The notion that wildfire smoke is ‘natural,’ and therefore less harmful than other types of air pollution, is not supported by the evidence. Wildfire smoke has been linked to adverse health effects.
Thick smoke rolling in from Canada’s 2023 wildfires was a wakeup call for several cities. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

AI can help forecast air quality, but freak events like 2023’s summer of wildfire smoke require traditional methods too

Air quality forecasting is getting better, thanks in part to AI. That’s good, given the health impact of air pollution. An environmental engineer explains how systems warn of incoming smog or smoke.
Smoke from wildfires hangs over Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 6. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Wildfire smoke FAQ: What’s happening with air quality right now and why? What are the risks? How do I protect myself short-term? What about long-term protection? Is this the ‘new normal?’

Answers to some of the most common questions about wildfire smoke, health risks and the air quality situation affecting most of North America.
Thick plumes of heavy smoke fill the Halifax sky as an out-of-control fire in a suburban community quickly spreads, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents on May 28, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark

Wildfire preparedness and response must include planning for unhoused people and other vulnerable populations

There is an alarming lack of disaster preparedness plans in Canada that consider the unique risks and needs of unhoused people during wildfires.

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