The Air Quality in Prince George Last August Was Some of the Worst on Earth

Travis Fortnum


Last summer’s historic wildfires in the North led to some of the worst air quality on the planet.

Greenpeace, an independent environmental organization, released a report on Tuesday ranking global air quality for 2018 – with Prince George making the top 10 worst of the world.

Quesnel, B.C. also made the top 10 for August, 2018.

  1. Padre las Casas, Chile – 93.0
  2. Hotan, China – 91.9
  3. Bhiwadi, India – 83.6
  4. Anderson, California, USA – 78.0
  5. Chelan, Washington, USA – 76.2
  6. Faridabad, India – 74.5
  7. Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada – 74.2
  8. Coyhaique, Chile – 73.2
  9. Prince George, British Columbia, Canada – 72.2
  10. Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA – 70.1

World Health Organization standards label anything between a 55.5 and 150.4 ranking as unhealthy.

“Our province’s vulnerability to forest wildfires has a major impact on the air we all breathe and has serious public health implications,” says Eduardo Sousa, Senior Campaigner for Greenpeace Canada.

The smoke in Prince George was so thick last summer that it actually blocked the sun, turning the sky shades of orange and grey in nearby communities. 

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