Dr. Michael Brauer of UBC is lead author of a new study of the global burden of disease, focusing significantly on the adverse health effects of air pollution, reported here in the New York Times.
Founding head of the UBC School of Public Health, Dr. Brauer has this to say about air pollution, "Air pollution is the fourth-highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease." He went on to note the sunny side - "Reducing air pollution is an incredibly efficient way to improve the health of a population."
More information about the study is here.
Dr. Brauer is well known in Smithers from his studies related to wood stoves, linked here.