Dust is a major source of particulate matter (PM) emissions in the Prince George airshed during the spring and summertime. Dust is harmful to our health, not only because the airborne particles are small enough to penetrate our lungs, but also because it contains heavy metals and organic compounds originating from the wear of breaks, tires and motor exhaust.
But don’t just take our word for it. The charts included in the infographic below are adapted from the Prince George Air Quality Emissions and Modelling report, prepared by researchers at UNBC. Light- and dark- brown bars represent road and commercial dust concentrations in different PG neighbourhoods, averaged over a 3-year period between 2013 and 2016.
For tips and tricks about how to keep the dust down, review the infographic below. Your efforts could help your neighbour, a friend, or a family member breathe easier.