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The Smog Season is Here

Posted by MP / May 25, 2007

20070525_smoggies-1.jpgSince unhealthy toxic gases are lingering in the air, I wonder if breathing through my nose might help retain what cognitive function I have left.

The Montreal City Weblog pointed out that the STM strike has exacerbated our first smog warning of the year. Local transportation produces these unwanted toxins, and if you wonder just how bad the air quality is, then I have the link for you.

Thankfully, the Réseau de Surveillance de la Qualité de Air has connected their 12 monitoring stations and put them online for any and all to see. They’ve been doing this kind of work for decades, and the website now allows inspection of any station for a given day. I dug out my direct link to their report which is a good consideration before doing any exercise this summer. However, I have read that the ‘benefits of exercising outside probably outweigh the risks of exposure to smog’.

20070525_smoggies-2.jpgLooking at Station 61's reports from Boulevard Maisonneuve downtown, you can see that the air quality went sour for the first time tonight. Judging by the breeze we had all day, maybe we can blame our mortal enemies (aka Smoggies) in Toronto for the increased emissions.

Interestingly enough, the website’s history section mentions that all the toxins they measure are going down except for Nitrous oxide (NO2) and Ground-Level Ozone (O3). Both come from internal combustion engines which can only be reduced with less cars or smarter cars.

One possible answer to the problem might be the electric car. While there has been constant debate about who killed GM’s first attempt, the technology is still emerging. Companies like Tesla are working on adapting useful batteries, but they still take up too much weight and size. However, once technology passes these hurdles, smog in Montreal might become forgotten.

Story by Richard Owen
Photo from Environment Canada

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Nick / August 17, 2007 at 06:41 am
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Dude...did you just watch "Shawn of the Dead" before you wrote that...I mean..come on...Exacerbate?
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