Have a look at this article published by the CBC. Where it discusses the impact of air pollution both in China and how it having an effect on the rest of the world.
CBC News: Import air pollution from China
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This articles focuses on the important on transit oriented development to help provide both sustainable development and smarter regional planning. It states that to decrease the amount of green house gas emissions in the region it must focus on providing affordable housing near transit routes. This is due to that people of low-income are likely to drive their vehicles to get to work instead of taking public transit if it is too far from them. Research has shown that there is correlation between low-income housing near transit hubs and miles travelled. This imitative looks at providing affordable housing near transit routes to decrease the amount of emissions coming from vehicles.
The article provides a strong quote on the topic of housing and transportation –
“If cities and regions really want to get serious about climate protection, sustainable development, and regional resiliency, they’ll have to start incorporating affordability and equity measures, as California is doing now,” said Scott Bernstein, President of CNT. “As our research in California and across the country shows, location efficiency is key to keeping housing and transportation options as convenient and affordable as possible, and to minimizing our contributions to climate change.”
Read more about this article here: Affordable Housing Near Transit Will Help California Combat Climate Change
The City of Mississauga is currently is currently thinking of enforcing an anti-idling by-law to help reduce vehicles that idle, especailly those in drive-throughs. The Mayor, Hazel McCallion stated that it was contrary to have an anti-idling by-law in effects, yet still have drive-throughs in the City.