The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a new tool that measures air quality in your community and reports it on a scale from 1 to 10. Learn more about the AQHI and what the air quality around you means to your health by visiting Alberta Environment and Parks page.
Air quality information collected the previous hour becomes available about 15 minutes after the current hour. Information is available for the previous 45 days. Archived data (older than 45 days) is available at the CASA Data Warehouse.
Monitoring air quality
Monitoring stations measure the outdoor ambient air quality. Data from a number of stations, collected over time, are used to determine air quality in a particular area.
Several different methods and techniques are used but continuous and passive monitoring equipment are commonly used in Alberta. All monitoring data undergoes quality control and quality assurance procedures. The data is posted to the CASA Data Warehouse (Alberta Ambient Air Data Management System) website.
The Alberta monitoring network provides core information for the evaluation of long-term trends and inter-relationships of air quality in the province. Alberta Environment is responsible for conducting province-wide monitoring.
Clean Air Information is a valuable resource to Albertans. Each page below includes links to more detailed information available from:
- Alberta Environment
- Inside Education
- The Lung Association - AB & NWT
- Mewassin Community Council
- Sierra Club
Interested in Taking Action towards improved Air Quality?
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.
The Mesothelioma Treatment Community
The Mesothelioma Treatment Community presented on TreatMesothelioma.org has designed their website to be the first step towards understanding malignant mesothelioma cancer. They’re dedicated to inspiring hope while helping you or a loved one take control of a recent mesothelioma diagnosis. They understand that there is much to learn, with a wide variety of topics, statistics, and treatment options and that is why they have created an outlet to offer you all the information you may need, in the most simplistic and comprehensive ways possible. They offer over 120 pages of information, multiple educational videos about mesothelioma as well as infographics to help cater to all the various forms of learning and if by chance you still have a question, there is a live chat box option to speak with one of their volunteers.
TreatMesothelioma.org, Together We Are Stronger.