In the News

July 27, 2020

New Canada Research Chairs boost research into clean air and sustainable resource extraction

Professor Arthur Chan is one of two U of T Engineering professors to have been awarded new Canada Research Chairs.

Professor Arthur Chan (ChemE) is the new Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry and Health.is the new Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry and Health. Read more

July 16, 2020

Personal exposures to traffic-related air pollution in three Canadian bus transit systems: the Urban Transportation Exposure Study

SOCAAR researcher Keith Van Ryswyk, publishes his findings on the assessment of the personal TRAP exposures of the bus transit systems of Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver. Read more

July 6, 2020

Evolving evidence of airborne transmission of virus

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Prof. Greg Evans speaks to Dawna Friesen on The Global National News about the potential for airborne transmission of COVID-19. Read more .

June 3, 2020

Modelling the health benefits of electric cars

Professor Marianne Hatzopoulou and her team have modelled the potential human health impacts of a large-scale shift to electric vehicles across the GTHA. Read more

May 25, 2020

Why some Toronto businesses are betting improved ventilation will cut the risk of COVID-19

University of Toronto engineering professor Jeffrey Siegel says improving ventilation and air filtration could be a good way to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Read more

May 21, 2020

COVID-19 economic slowdown has cut air pollution in Canadian cities

Miriam Diamond, a professor of earth sciences at the University of Toronto, said even a temporary drop in air pollution can have a positive impact on human health. Read more

April 29, 2020

Air pollution, climate change and COVID-19

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Professor Miriam Diamond describes how lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic could help the fight against climate change.

April 23, 2020

Make our communities healthier with better air quality during and post-pandemic: CANUE

The abrupt change in our lives brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is and will continue to affect us all deeply. There are obvious changes of limited movement and social interaction with many more hours indoors. While we adopt public health measures such as physical distancing, we are all also likely missing our physical communities within cities, suburbs or small towns. As the COVID-19 situation evolves we too need to adapt to the “new normal”. This can be a reflective moment to consider our communities and how they are designed. Read more

April 22, 2020

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

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Prof. Greg Evans speaks to CityNews on Earth Day about ways we can create wins for the economy, environment and climate--like investing in electric vehicles and working remotely from home. Read more

April 9, 2020

Can lowering emissions improve the odds against COVID-19? A U of T Engineering expert examines the evidence

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With countries shutting down large sections of the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, many regions have seen strong improvements in air quality in a very short time. As cities decongest, U of T Engineering Professor Greg Evans (ChemE) is using this unprecedented global experiment to study the effects of air quality on the spread of COVID-19. Read more

April 9, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions cut downtown Toronto pollution levels by almost half, researchers find

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Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered a substantial reduction in pollution levels in the downtown core since the province announced measures to curb the the spread of COVID-19, including shuttering schools and non-essential businesses. Read more

April 1, 2020

Greg Evans' interview with CBC News about exposure to air pollution and COVID-19

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Prof. Greg Evans talks to CBC News about recent satellite images showing a reduction in air pollution levels in the GTA. He also provides insight on the relationship between exposure to air pollution and respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Read more

March 20, 2020

Air filtration and COVID-19: Indoor air quality expert explains how to keep you and your building safe

Professor Jeffrey Siegel says filtration systems can be a part of an overall risk mitigation approach but is not generally regarded as a solution by itself. Read more

February 26, 2020

Highway TRAP: Whose job is it to tackle highway air pollution?

This two-part series explores why Weston and North York have some of the highest rates of air pollution in the city. In Part 2, we look at the biggest emitters of highway air pollution and options for curbing them. Read more

February 13, 2020

Pollution affects some more than others, says Marshall

“Just” Cities: Traffic-related air pollution and justice in the context of urban sustainability,” a Distinguished Lecture by Professor Dr. Julian Marshall of the University of Washington, drew a large audience to U of T’s George Ignatieff Theatre on February 5. An online audience of 250 attended via Twitter livestream @civmin. Read more