The Taiwan Electric Vehicles Association is leading the charge in educating Taiwanese about the benefits of switching to electric vehicles, and the harsh reality of air pollution.
According to the latest research from the College of Public Health at National Taiwan University (NTU), PM2.5 particles will not only increase risk of pulmonary tuberculosis, but also increase death threats of chronic diseases. It is estimated that over 6,000 people died from the exposure of PM2.5 last year.
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) warns, starting from 5 pm on December 15, PM2.5 will start spreading all over Taiwan at about 70 to 100 micrograms per cubic meter. Adding on to the existing serious air pollution, the air quality of Taiwan will become even worse.
In the latest smog in Beijing, 23 out of 35 environmental monitor stations recorded a sixth-level pollution lasting for five days, which was two days longer than what the red alert standard regulates. The government did not issue the red alert in time and raised controversy.
Lung Cancer Cases Increasing in Taiwan and Medical Community Calls On People to Demonstrate against Air Pollution
Li Wu-po, supervisor of Changhua medical Alliance for Public Affairs, says that according to latest statistics issued by the Health Promotion Administration, lung cancer has been the top cause of death for five consecutive years and 9,167 people nationwide died of lung cancer last year. He notes that the population growth rate in Taiwan within these 30 years accounts for 28%, but the growth rate of lung cancer has gone up to 131%.
This artist who calls himself, "Peanut Brother," said on his Weibo account that he started planning this project since 2013. He wanted to use a vacuum cleaner to collect the dust in the air of Beijing in 100 days, and then use the dust he collected to make a brick. This brick will ultimately be used as construction material and, "disappear among the millions of bricks. Just like dust," said Peanut Brother.
New regulations now state once the PM2.5 concentration reaches an urgent 350 micrograms, all outdoor activity such as tourism or sports, and painting, as well as asphalt-laying for either industrial or commercial purposes, will be prohibited. All transportation, other than public transportation and electric vehicles, are banned while local governments will allow parking on red and yellow lines temporarily.
The average PM2.5 level in the US is 12 micrograms, bringing about 110 thousand premature deaths. According to this estimation, there ought to be 30 thousand to 60 thousand casualties in Taiwan, making air pollution more deadly than typhoons.