Smoky summer skies a new reality for B.C. (Dr. Don Sin)

The nearly two-week stretch of poor air quality that has socked Metro Vancouver in a hazy fog is a palpable reminder that climate change will directly affect human health, says a UBC professor who studies the link between the warming climate and respiratory disease.

“I used to think that these fires were going to be a day or two of bad air,” said Dr. Chris Carlsten, an associate professor at UBC’s department of medicine.

To put it in perspective, Vancouver currently has worse air than Beijing, a city notorious for its polluted air, said Dr. Don Sin, head respirologist at Providence Health.

Jen St. Denis reports

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