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What are the human health concerns?

posted on 12:50 PM, June 7, 2016

Particulate matter in the air is monitored because of negative impacts on human health. PM2.5 is of greatest concern because these are tiny particles that can travel deep into the lungs, become lodged and lead to chronic respiratory conditions such as cardiorespiratory disease, decreased lung function, increased respiratory stress, bronchitis, asthma and premature death. Young children, the elderly and people with pre-existing cardiac and respiratory conditions are most susceptible.

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The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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