Air Pollution Essays

Air pollution has been living alongside out since a long time ago. We have been trying to battle it out but it takes time to completely eliminate this problem. Which is why, for the time being, it is better to protect ourselves while fighting the air pollution. As much as it is important to protect yourselves, it is also important to know what you’re protecting yourself from in order to further enhance your protection.

Here we have, compiled a list of information and studies that are related with air pollution. It is a little wordy but definitely worth your time to read! 

“Inhalation of smoke of firecrackers is very harmful not just to the asthmatic and the elderly but also to health human beings and can cause cough, fever and can also cause acute eosinophillic pneumonia.”

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“Cyclists should wear an effective air filter mask or better move away from the busy roads.”
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“What is haze? Where does it come from? What can we do?”

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“However, that doesn’t mean we are that much better off indoors. In fact, the air in our homes can be far more polluted than the air outside, even in a major city.”

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“Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have determined that the very air we breathe can be an invisible catalyst to cardiovascular disease.”

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

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“Study linked pregnant women’s exposure to smog and air pollution to lower IQ in their babies. How concerned pregnant women should be?”

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“Cycling to work may seem the healthy option, but a study has shown that people riding in cities inhale tens of millions of toxic nanoparticles with every breath, at least five times more than drivers or pedestrians.”

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“Air pollution causes premature death for thousands of people in Hong Kong each year.”

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“While riding a bicycle is a healthier alternative to driving a car or sitting on a bus because of the physical activity it entails, poor air quality in urban setting counteracts those benefits.”

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A research published on 13-3-2009 in the Particle and Fibre Toxicology Indicates that wearing a respirator may reduce the risk of heart attack.”

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“Unfortunately, most buses are powered by diesel engines that actually pollute the air inside the bus. Studies show the pollution gets trapped inside the bus, where kids breathe it in.”

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“Smoke particles from burning incense were found to cause cancer of the upper respiratory track.”

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Enough of the tedious information, now lets have a look at how some of our users have enjoyed using our Totobobo Mask and how it has helped them battle air pollution!

“Whatever is on the filters, glad that stuff is not in my lungs!”
John from London, U.K.”

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“After using it for a more than a month, she was happy with the performance of Totobobo and can really recommend it.”

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“From my personal experience of using a mask over the last five or six years I would say is particularly effective at preventing infections such as flu and is very good at hayfever prevention and preventing dust from triggering my asthma.”

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“I can actually smell fresh air when I inhale. I can bike. I can walk outside to buy groceries.”

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“Wearing a good mask has played its role in sustaining my interest in commuting over the years — so I buy a mask if it seems interesting to me and give it a spin. ”

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“Since I began commuting to the centre of London where traffic pollution is worst, I started using double 96% filter for my mask.”

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“Overall, the performance was solid, and is an excellent choice for those concerned about air quality.”

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“For extended periods of time the mask was comfortable even during the intense workout of a day-long bike ride.”

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“I’ve been using it for 2 months and I like my job again. It cuts out the general air pollution around but if you’re right behind a truck or similar you still breathe in some gas but if you know how to avoid and dodge that while your riding then this mask really helps.”

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“Totobobo might not look sturdy but looks can deceiving, if you use it properly the mask last for a long time.”

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I researched many masks, but still feel Totobobo is the best mask I can get.”

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“My experience using the mask has generally been excellent, and I have recommended it to many people. Using the mask is very easy. Once it’s on, it is very comfortable and I tend to forget about it.”

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“We do feel protected – Totobobo Mask sent us specially customized masks for our toddlers.”

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We hope the information provided above has helped you have a deeper understanding into air pollution and how Totobobo Masks are able to fight together with you!

 

How serious is the air pollution in Hong Kong?

Why Hong Kong is becoming more polluted? How bad is the air pollution.

The air pollution reached a new high on September 24, 2009 in Hong Kong, triggering a warning for people with heart or respiratory illnesses, according to the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department. I have the impression that the air pollution in Hong Kong is getting worst due to the industrial activities in the nearby southern China, especially the Pearl River delta area. But I have no idea how bad the pollution is. When I am travelling there I feel the air is OK but it is certainly more polluted than Singapore.

Ball pen sketch by Wyser Chu 2009
Hong Kong air pollution

Air pollution causes premature death for thousands of people in Hong Kong each year. It strikes hardest at those who need our care most children, the elderly and people who are already sick. What happens when you inhale pollutants? Tiny particles (PM2.5, PM10) and gases move deep into the lungs and into your bloodstream. The insides of your lungs can become damaged and inflamed, making it easier for you to get sick. Over time, air pollution can cause permanent changes to your lungs, just like smoking.
Worried about your children breathing dirty air? You have good reason to be. Their lungs are still developing, and since they breathe faster and tend to spend more time outdoors being active, air pollution affects them much more.

According to the Hong Kong Lung Foundation:
– Children living in areas with heavy traffic have more chest problems, such as chest infections and asthma, than those living in cleaner environment;
– During days with high air pollution, more people with asthma, chronic lung diseases or heart diseases have to see their doctors or are admitted to hospital because their disease get worse. Some may even die;
– A small increase in lung cancer risk has also been reported as a result of living in heavily polluted cities;
– Shorter life expectancy of people living in polluted areas compared with those living in cleaner environment by 2 to 3 years.
– Respirable suspended particles (RSP) Causes inflammation of the lungs and airways
– (RSP) Fuel from traffic- Most harmful to health among pollutants, mostly diesel, Construction and road dust. Most harmful to health among pollutants
– Incineration

Dylos laser particle scanner
Dylos laser particle scanner: Nathan Road particle pollution count

Over the last few weeks I brought along a portable laser particle scanner (Dylos). The scanner is able to measure the number of particles of 0.5micron and 2.5 microns. This handy machine allows me to quantify the level of particulate pollution first hand. Air quality rating above 3000 is considered to be very poor, rating below 1000 is good. I was eager to find out if the machine agree with my impression. To be honest, I got a shock the first day. soon after I touch down- the rating on the particle scanner is 10,900 near the west part of Hong Kong island. The normal rating in Singapore is around 1000 to 5000. Over the 10 days I collected data from different part of Hong Kong. The worst rating were obtained along Nathan road (37,000) and Tai-Kok-Tsui (36,000).

The best rating was from Lok-Ma-Zhou (2500), the less busy border between China and Hong Kong. The rating at the Lo Wu station was 10,000. It is necessary to mention that these rating were taking at different days and time, so they should not be taken as an absolute indication for these area.

A day trip (2009-12-22) from Hong Kong to GuangZhou produced an impression of the relative pollution level between the two cities:

Pollution data from Hong Kong to Guang Zhou
Pollution data from Hong Kong to Guang Zhou within a day

@ 7:45 Shek Tong Tsui (Hong Kong Island) 20500
@ 8:50 Sheung Shui (Near border) 26000
@ 10:50 Guang Zhou 30000

It is clear that the pollution level get worst as we approach GuangZhou from Hong Kong.

Anther day trip (2009-12-30) from Hong Kong to Guang Zhou via Shenzhen gave another perspective:

@ 8:35 Shek Tong Tsui (Hong Kong Island) 10000
@ 10:00 Lok-Ma-Zhou (2nd border) 2500
@ 11:15 ShenZhen 8100
@ 18:40 Guang Zhou 17000
@ 20:35 Lu Wu station (1st border) 10000

The air seems to be equally bad from the Hong Kong island all the way up to the Hong Kong/Shenzhen boarder (8100~10000). But interestingly there is an obvious “clean air zone” around the Lok-Ma-Zhou area (2500), which is next to the largest wet land under preservation in Hong Kong.

Lok Ma Chau- better air quality due to large area of wetland
Lok Ma Chau- best air quality in Hong Kong due to large area of wetland

Judging from these data, the pollution level in Hong Kong is indeed worrying. The rating of 10000 to 20000 is 3~6 times the “very poor” indication.
Given that it is a densely populated urban area and it’s proximity to the “factory of the world”, I wonder what can be done to improve the air quality in Hong Kong?