Everyone deserves clean air to breathe. Breathing polluted air can lead to respiratory (lung) and cardiovascular (heart) problems. Certain groups of people, such as children and the elderly, are especially vulnerable.
Wood smoke contains lots of fine particles called particulate matter. Home fires are responsible for about 80% of all particle air pollution produced in the region.
Learn about the rules that apply to wood burners and how to become a better burner.
There are a wide range of pollutants in traffic emissions – we use nitrogen dioxide as the main indicator of traffic-related air pollution. Around 95% of nitrogen oxides produced in the region comes from traffic.