Less than five per cent of Metro Vancouver’s air pollutants on average comes from offshore, although that can increase to 25 per cent on certain days, says Michael Brauer of UBC’s School of Population and Public Health.  Photograph by: Mark van Manen , PNG

Pollution from China harming air quality on West Coast: study

A new international study showing that pollutants from China are affecting air quality on the west coast of North America is partly payback for western consumers having their goods manufactured there, a University of B.C. professor said Wednesday. “Why are they having these high emissions?” asked Michael Brauer of the school of population and public health. “Part of it is the stuff they’re producing for us. Some of it is coming back to bite us … through our consumption.”

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