Pollution and Air Quality

Between 4,680 and 6,240 metric tonnes of face masks will pollute the world’s oceans this year, according to a new report from Oceans Asia. (Gary Stokes/OceansAsia)

1.56 billion face masks will pollute oceans this year, says Victoria researcher

Each mask takes up to 450 years to break down, according to the OceansAsia report


Styrofoam blocks and buoys washed up on the beach. (Ashley Tapp)

Heli-clean that North Vancouver Island beach

Volunteers got 17 cubic metres of ghost gear off a remote west coast beach last weekend


A video on the Breathe Clean Air Comox Valley website shows smoke trapped over the Valley. Image, screenshot

Breathing always hard for some Vancouver Island residents

Regulations on burning due to COVID-19 bring to light ongoing issue of smoke