Air pollution levels in Taiwan - grim reading

Because reducing pollution is out of the equation.

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You can guess that, but after 4+ years of “masks” almost exclusively meaning something else the speaker and media really have a responsibility to make it clear what kind of masks are being referred to.

Otherwise, it’s just going to be overwhelmingly read as bobbing on yet another useless surgical mask, which isn’t doing shit for air pollution or people’s lung cancer.

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Umm, haven’t you heard? Taiwanese are actually pretty good at math. Not sure if you got your memo, but it’s kind of a thing…

Incoming…

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment warned of overseas pollution brought in by the northeasterly wind, which may accumulate in downwind central and southern regions.

“Orange alerts” for air quality have been issued for northern, central Taiwan, the Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan regions and outlying Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, the ministry said, adding “orange warnings” could be issued for other areas duringthe day.

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Already bad, or the “overseas” pollution haven’t been merge with the local yet?

Murky Kaohsiung

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I noticed yesterday was pretty hazy

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Its exactly like that in Taipei today also.

Its been pretty shit in general this year.

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Where have all the people that just see blue gone? It’s not fun anymore when we all just agree we are breathing poison.

But i must say, that forest on the mountain is a pretty shade of blue :see_no_evil:

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As a result, they’re going to recommend wearing masks more often.

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They’re decreasing the standard from 15 ug/m3 to 12.5 ug/m3, but I wonder what that quite small reduction means in real terms and how they’re going to actually regulate for lower emissions.

Apparently “we considered the economic and health costs and calculated that they intersect at a PM2. 5 concentration of 12.5 ug/m3.”

Translation: this is their take on balancing the “make $$$$$” / “kill people” equation.

Call me crazy but I’ve always felt the decision-makers in Taiwan have their fingers firmly on the left hand side of the scale. :money_mouth_face:

Guy

Yeah, that’s how I interpreted it too. I’m not sure how reassuring I’ll find that if I ever develop lung cancer.

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I love the subtlety of this sentence:

Every day, the air we breathe contains industrial fumes, vehicle exhaust, and pollutants blown into Taiwan.

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So knowing that, as an avid cyclist, are you going to continue cycling as hard as you do? I’m asking myself the same question.

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What can we do. Besides, the north is not as bad and once out of the city is generally good. Which is insane taking into consideration that pollution is being poured into Taiwan.

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It’s also being created in Taiwan. A lot! End of the day we can only control our own production, not that of the international communities and weather patterns. Our geography and climate is already pretty lucky that much of it can be blown away and/or washed away. Which should be that much more alarming given how bad it still is.

Seems more like a small inch by inch measure. We need to grind down our pollution creation dramatically, but doing what we need to tomorrow with probably halt the economy. Certainly political suicide, which is a bit sad. We are so setup for dirty and wasteful practices in taiwan, it’s going to take years to try and wind things back, even a bit, to more normal levels of pollution. That is, if we collectively even care enough.

Lung cancer, liver and kidney problems, digestive organs etc diseases are already SUPER high in Taiwan. Eventually the right people will be important enough and dead that we get the odd knee jerk jumps in making our living space cleaner. We can’t keep relying on an over spent NHI system to put bandaids on problems we should be preventing and keeping us alive, though messed up, long enough to keep our stats up.

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It’s just plain bad luck that China is targeting Tainan today while we are here. At least we have a mainly indoor activity.


I wonder if the PRC has some huge fan along the coast, with which they can redirect the particles more precisely, aiming today at William Lai and Hsiao Bi-khim’s Big Day. :upside_down_face:

Guy

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