Three-year study of the effect of PM 2.5
Taiwan’s National Health Research Institute studied the impact of PM 2.5 on the pulmonary function of 1,000 children for three years. Results show that exposure to every 6 micrograms/cubic meter of PM 2.5 reduces the children’s lung function by 2%.
The study covered the impact of PM 2.5 on inflammation of the respiratory tract and asthma on 1,000 children from birth to 10 years of age and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on seniors 65 years old and older.
In 2016, PM 2.5 concentrations of various locations in Taiwan were estimated to average 24 micrograms/cubic meter in areas south of Taichung and as high as 30 micrograms/cubic meter in the Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas.
PM 2.5 pollution causes harm to the liver, the lungs, the kidney, the respiratory tract and increases the risk of getting liver cancer, and metabolic dysfunction. In the Kaohsiung area, PM 2.5 is blamed for lowering kidney function, increases insomnia and causing depression.
The government of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party is being accused of rushing towards a “nuclear free homeland by 2025” by increasing coal fired thermal generation of electric power. The government of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party are imprisoning the Taiwanese people in a “poison gas chamber” filled with PM 2.5 pollution, and “nobody is protecting the rights of the people to breathe clean air”, says a Kuomintang legislator.
The average PM 2.5 concentrations in central and southern Taiwan are: Miaoli (24-26 micrograms/cubic meter), Taichung (24-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Changhua (26-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Yunlin (24-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Chiayi (26-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Tainan (26-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Kaohsiung city (30 micrograms/cubic meter), and Kaohsiung county (< 24-28 micrograms/cubic meter).
The sources of PM 2.5 air pollution include vehicular exhaust, industrial release, coal burning, heavy oil burning, burning of biomass, aluminum smelting, iron smelting, steel making, and particulates from sprays of sea water and sea salt, and dust.