Air pollution in London due to road traffic

Cyclists should wear an effective air mask or better move away from the busy roads. That’s the conclusion I got when looking at the animated 3D ‘Pollution map’ video of London. The orange yellow color, mainly along the main roads, indicates high level of air pollution where the blue color are area with better air quality. It is intuitive to think air pollution level is higher along the main roads and lower away from the main roads, but I could never imagine the differences can be so huge!

In the short video below you can see the highest air pollution concentrated right along the main roads and junctions, likely the result of slow moving vehicles there. Most of the area away from the main roads are much better.

If you are waiting for the green light at any of such junctions, hold your breath. Because the ultra fine particles (0.1-0.3 micros, currently not being regulated) can travel deep down into the lungs and stay longer there than their bigger brothers (>2.5 microns). Ultra fine particles reduces the health benefits of physical exercise. There are increased evidence showing these ultra-fine particles are the silence killer closely links to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Cyclist! Wear an effective mask, or move away from the busy roads!

Donation to Japan children Clinic

April 14, 2011, Japan

Kakuta children clinic logo

Dream Lab One Pte. Ltd. today announced Kakuta Kodomo(Children) & Allergies Clinic in the Miyagi Prefecture has accepted the donation of Totobobo masks and filters from FI Corporate, the main distributor of Totobobo mask in Japan.

Kakuta Children Clinic was specially designed for pediatrics, allergic diseases (children and adult), sick building syndrome, chemical sensitivity and heart disease in children. Several advanced features make Totobobo mask useful to provide respiratory protection for children who is still recovering and with weak immune system. Totobobo mask is made of transparent anti-microbial plastic which is soft and flexible, the comfortable elastic strap is tested and does not trigger any allergic reaction. Most of all, the mask can be cut with a pair of scissors to fit different sizes and shapes of children’s faces. The mask can be easily clean and reuse, simply by changing the filters.

Dream Lab One and Japanese partner, FI Corporation managed to donate 50 Totobobo masks and 500 pairs of filters to Kakuta Kodomo(Children) & Allergies Clinic in the Miyagi Prefecture, the area recorded the strongest ground movement of 7.0 during the 9.0-magnitude undersea earthquake off the coast of Japan on March 11th. The earthquake has triggered strong tsunami which in turn has damaged the Tokai nuclear power plant in Fukushima. The National Police Agency has confirmed 13,498 deaths, 4,916 injured, and 14,734 people missing across eighteen prefectures.

Front gate of Kakuta Children and Allergic Clinic


Staff of Kakuta Kodomo (children) & Allergies Clinic

Donation of Totobobo masks and filters

Cool Tools review

cool-tools.org, a popular website which provide reviews of innovative new ‘tools’ posted an approving review of Totobobo mask by Pamela Bumsted.

Unique features of Totobobo mask

Unique features of Totobobo mask

This is a new design of respirator which has advantages for mass distribution, emergency preparedness, and multi-ethnic populations. I’ve been using/testing it for 5 or 6 years in the Unorganized Borough in Alaska.

The respirator can be cut with scissors to fit faces properly. Because they are clear, fit is easily ascertained. A clear respirator may mean they are more acceptable culturally (the face is not hidden).

The filters are replaceable. They allow a lot of air to pass through so can be useful in bike riding and outdoor work. They also allow moisture to pass through; I haven’t found the exhaled moisture to be a problem except in subzero temperatures (quite a bit of condensation then).

Instead of storing respirators of every size, only one size needs to be stored for emergency use. One doesn’t need to check sizes before distributing the respirators. Respirators can be cleaned and re-used by the individual (replace filters). I have seen them be used for pandemics, volcanoes, dust, woodworking, and cycling, and I am hoping to continue testing them in Alaska where we have faces from many different populations.

— Pamela Bumsted

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Japan

While the footage of the devastating triple-disaster (Earthquake, Tsunamis, Reactor leak) in Japan dominate the international media and our TV screen, it is difficult to imagine life goes on in some other parts of Japan. At one point some even believe that the radioactive dust has reached Hong Kong and soon to Singapore and therefore everyone should stock up Betadine. It is hard not to over react when the media keep feeding the dome news.

Over the last week, we have the privilege of hosting a student, Keisuke, from Fukuoka, Japan. The group of Japanese students were on a mission of cultural exchange between Singapore and Japan, called APCC mission. Through the faces of this group of cheerful, innocent students, I started to appreciate the resilient characters of human nature. Life has to go on and we just have to deal with the situation at hand, step by step: Rescue, Rebuild, and Rethink how to reduce our energy footprint in the future.

Say hi to the camera, Little India, Singapore

Say hi to the camera, Little India, Singapore

APCC mission: Japanese student from Fukuoka

APCC mission: Japanese student from Fukuoka

APCC mission: Japanese student from Fukuoka

See? my hand

APCC mission: Japanese student from Fukuoka

APCC mission: Japanese student with Singapore host

APCC mission: Japanese student from Fukuoka

APCC mission: Japanese student from Fukuoka

APCC mission: Japanese student from Fukuoka

Cool right?

APCC mission: Japanese student from Fukuoka

APCC mission: Japanese student with Singapore host

APCC mission: Japanese student from Fukuoka

Sayonara!

For the month of April, 15% sales of Totobobo mask from Japan address will be donated to the Red Cross and Merci Relief to help their effort in Japan. More detials in flyjin.com