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Government of Alberta
Learn more about the Government of Alberta.
Many air quality issues are local, so province-wide solutions may be inappropriate and inefficient. Airshed zones allow local stakeholders to design local solutions to address local air quality issues.
An airshed zone can be defined on the basis of emissions sources and volumes, dispersion characteristics, impacts, and administrative characteristics. Collaboration among zones improves access to, and sharing of, resources.
The airshed zone approach makes it possible to:
- improve existing monitoring in the region
- make local and regional monitoring systems more efficient
- collect date to address regional air quality concerns
- obtain information about regional air quality
To date, CASA has endorsed nine airshed zones throughout the province, using approved Airshed Zones Guidelines.
Learn more about Alberta Airshed Zones.
Alberta Airshed Council
In 2006, the Alberta Airsheds Council (AAC) was formed to coordinate the efforts and operations of Alberta’s airsheds.
Formation of the AAC recommended after CASA’s In the Zone conference in October 2005. It recognized the need for a forum where airshed zones could discuss common issues.
Alberta Water Council
Established in 2004, the Alberta Water Council (AWC) is a multi-stakeholder partnership created to monitor and steward implementation of Alberta’s Water for Life strategy.
The Alberta Water Council and CASA collaborated to produce the Consensus Decision-making Toolkit, as a resource for any group, experienced or not, choosing to explore and use consensus decision-making. The toolkit helps identify elements to help the consensus process succeed. A hands-on workbook, the toolkit helps identify possible problems that could develop during the process, with practical suggestions for dealing with those problems constructively.
The Enhanced Collaboration with Water Council project team concentrated on three goals:
- Identifying opportunities for leveraging resources, increasing efficiency, avoiding duplicate efforts, and building on each other’s’ successes.
- Educating and raising awareness regarding the activities and processes of both the Water Council and CASA.
- Demonstrating a commitment to, and help build on, the important linkage between air, land and water at the strategic level
Synergy Alberta, a provincial not-for-profit society, is a network of multi-stakeholder, community-based groups which address pressures and opportunities of energy/resource development. They provide an opportunity for communities to have more meaningful, ongoing participation in decisions that directly affect them.
The Importance of Clean Air in Education
Continuing to tackle climate change, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, improving working conditions for millions of people – an impressive list of achievements we’ve all been jointly responsible for over the past few decades. So what’s the next target? Something that concerns each and every one of us – clean air.
Read more about the importance of clean air in education at www.envirotec.co.uk
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body’s internal organs, known as the mesothelium.
There are three recognized types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum and pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart.
An individual may be at risk to develop mesothelioma if he or she was exposed to asbestos in the workplace or at home. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of asbestos particles. In most cases, mesothelioma symptoms will not appear in an individual exposed to asbestos until many years after the exposure has occurred. Those with a past asbestos exposure history experiencing symptoms should consult a physician with experience in accurately diagnosing mesothelioma. The earlier mesothelioma is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be caught at an early stage. At earlier stages of mesothelioma progression, more treatment options are available and oftentimes a better prognosis is given.
Additional mesothelioma information and statistics can be found in this section. Read stories of hope from mesothelioma survivor’s as well.
Find out more here.
The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center
The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center provides the most up-to-date information about asbestos, and asbestos caused illnesses. Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral that can be found in walls, insulation, ceilings, etc. This puts anyone who is around those materials at risk because once this fiber is damaged or broken, it becomes airborne and has the potential to get trapped in the body simply by inhalation. Although some illnesses don’t usually appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure, The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center aims to stop this from happening by providing resources to learn about risks and preventative measures.
For more information, please visit the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center website here.