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2015 Archive

Media Coverage

September 8, 2015 
AirSensors website is #1 on the Toronto Public Library's Research Guide of 25 sources of Toronto maps online. Read more here

December 1, 2015

Suburban drivers to blame for CO2 emissions in Toronto: Report
Metro Toronto 

Dr. Marianne Hatzopoulou, a professor in U of T’s civil engineering department, studies the link between transportation patterns and greenhouse gas emissions in the GTA. Her research shows most emissions in the city are caused by “extreme commuters,” people who work in the old city of Toronto, but live in the outer suburbs and commute by car. Read More

July 20, 2015

The World at Six
CBC Radio 1 Vancouver (CBU-AM)

Dr. Greg Evans, a chemical engineer at the University of Toronto, tests air quality with the roving mobile lab for the said university. Listen here

July 20, 2015

Tracking air pollution online at Toronto 2015 venues
Inside Toronto (Online)

Prof. Greg Evans and researchers from the University of Toronto and the Allergy, Genes and Environment (AllerGen) Network have come up with a cost effective, new device to measure air pollution. Known as ‘AirSENCE’, these devices have been placed near Toronto 2015 Games venues and the results are displayed on an interactive map on their ‘AirSensors’ website. Read More

July 16, 2015

Eyes on the Skies for Pan Am
Metro Toronto

Prof. Greg Evans from the University of Toronto and Dr. Jeffrey Brook from Environment Canada have co-developed AirSENCE, an inexpensive system of air-quality sensors that have been deployed at Pan Am sites around the GTA. Read More

July 15, 2015

New interactive map shows air-quality health index at Pan Am sites
CTV News Online Toronto

A new interactive map that was developed with the help of Prof. Greg Evans and his team map's air quality information based on data collected from AirSENCE devices. Read More 

July 14, 2015

U of T researchers launch interactive air pollution map during Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
UofT News

U of T researchers launch interactive air pollution map during Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Read More

May 20, 20015

Few cars produce majority of vehicle pollution at Toronto test spot
The Globe and Mail

A small percentage of the cars that passed an air-sampling probe in downtown Toronto produced the vast majority of vehicular pollution, according to a recently published study by University of Toronto scientists. Read More

May 12, 2015

A Quarter of Cars on Road Produce Most of the Pollution
NBC News

The University of Toronto researchers made on-the-spot measurements of the exhaust from 100,000 vehicles driving past air sampling probes set up on one of Toronto’s busiest roads. They confirmed that a relatively small number of older or badly tuned vehicles produced the vast majority of harmful emissions. Read More

May 5, 2015

Air pollution from cars and trucks could be spreading 3x farther than previously thought
Treehugger (Online)

UofT Researchers recently published a study in the Atmospheric Pollution Research journal that air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than previously thought. This could change how we have to think about the effects of infrastructure design on public health. Read More

April 23, 2015

Your Neighborhood Has Its Own Very Special Cocktail of Toxic Air Pollution
Vice--Motherboard

According to new research from the University of Toronto, a person who lives near multiple high-traffic roads may be exposed to more pollution than someone in the middle of nowhere who lives near just one, even if its a highway. Read More

April 22, 2015

Map by UofT researchers highlights city's most polluted neighbourhoods
CP24

The neighbourhood you choose to live in could have a big impact on the quality of air you are breathing, according to a soon-to-be released study by researchers at the University of Toronto. Read More

April 22, 2015

U of T studies find harmful vehicle emissions spreading farther than thought across Canadian cities
News-Medical.net

Evans is currently working with Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Metro Vancouver to design, test and install new air quality measurement stations around the cities of Toronto and Vancouver. Read More

April 22, 2015

你家附近空气污染重不重?看你住在哪 (Is the air pollution near your home serious? It depends on where you live)
The 51 – Canada’s Chinese News Service

[article written in Chinese] Read More

April 21, 2015

Vehicle air pollution in Ontario travelling three times farther than originally thought
Global News

News Hour Toronto reports on three news studies from the University of Toronto revealing that half of Torontonians and one third of Ontarians may be exposed to harmful particulate matter Watch the interview here

April 21, 2015

Air quality map shows Toronto’s most polluted neighbourhoods
The Star

If you’re thinking of buying a home at Don Mills and Sheppard or in Riverdale, you might want to take heed. Research carried out at the University of Toronto shows that these neighbourhoods, despite being among the most desirable, are also among the most polluted in the city. Read More

April 21, 2015

Air-quality project reveals Toronto’s most polluted neighbourhoods
Metro Toronto

An air pollution map produced by the team pinpoints Toronto’s air-pollution hot spots, showing that areas near highways and major intersections can have three to four times the average amount of ultrafine particles put out by vehicle tailpipes. Read More

April 21, 2015

Air-quality project reveals Toronto’s most polluted neighbourhoods
Metro Toronto

An air pollution map produced by the team pinpoints Toronto’s air-pollution hot spots, showing that areas near highways and major intersections can have three to four times the average amount of ultrafine particles put out by vehicle tailpipes. Read More

April 21, 2015

Toronto’s vehicle pollution travels farther than previously thought: U of T
Global News

University of Toronto researchers used a mobile lab, similar in appearance to a postal truck, to accurately measure how far ultra fine particulate matter was travelling throughout Toronto. Their work has resulted in three studies looking at the quality of Toronto’s air, and it turns out it’s worse than previously thought. Read More

April 21, 2015

Traffic emissions may pollute one in three Canadian homes
Phys Org

A trio of recently published studies from a team of University of Toronto engineers has found that air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than thought—contributing to varying levels of air quality across cities. Read More

April 21, 2015

Traffic emissions may pollute one in three Canadian homes
Science Daily

In a paper published in the recent edition of the journal Atmospheric Pollution Research, U of T chemical engineer Greg Evans (ChemE) and his partners at Environment Canada have found that concentrations of pollutants from traffic are still double at a distance of 280 metres downwind from highway 400 north of Toronto. Read More

 

News & Achievements

June 23, 2016 
Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou receives the prestigious Discovery Accelerator Supplements award from NSERC. Read more about her research here

November 23, 2015 
Prof. Greg Evans has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of his contributions to air pollution research and his leadership in engineering education.

September 29, 2015 
Professor Greg Evans has been recognized for outstanding teaching by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association. Read more here

June 2, 2015
Prof. Greg Evans has received U of T’s highest honour for teaching. Read more about his teaching and leadership in education here.

July 14, 2015
New research published by Dr. Rob Healy and fellow SOCAAR researchers assess the relationship between black carbon coating composition/thickness and absorption at sites across Toronto. Read the paper here.

March 18, 2015
Jonathan Wang and fellow SOCAAR researchers published a scientific paper on measuring the air pollutant emissions of vehicles and quantifying the contributions from heavy emitters