Nov 23, 2017 Government & Politics Comments Off on Air quality unhealthy in parts of western Taiwan: EPA
Taipei-The air quality index in parts of western Taiwan was flashing an "unhealthy" signal Thursday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)'s Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network.
As of 5 p.m., the Air Quality Index (AQI) was flashing red in Lunbei and Mailiao in Yunlin County, Puzi in Chiayi County, and Matsu in the offshore county of Lienchiang, meaning that the air was unhealthy for the general public, the network's data showed.
Meanwhile, at 18 monitoring stations in the offshore island of Penghu and in central and southern parts of western Taiwan, the index was flashing orange, indicating that the air quality was "unhealthy for sensitive groups" such as young children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
The areas included Yunlin, Nantou, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, according to the EPA, which advised people in areas with poor air quality to avoid outdoor activities if they have health issues such as eye irritation, cough or sore throat.
It also suggested that young children, the elderly and people with heart, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in those areas avoid physical exertion and wear face masks when going outdoors.
In the rest of western Taiwan and all of eastern Taiwan, the air quality index was either good or fair, as indicated by green and yellow lights, respectively, the monitoring data showed.
The EPA's AQI takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air.
Meanwhile, environmental protection groups said Thursday they plan to hold a climate change rally in Taichung on Dec. 17 in protest against the air pollution in central and southern Taiwan.
The organizers said the protest is aimed at calling the government's attention to issues of environmental injustice, particularly the poor air quality in the central and southern parts of the country.
To address the issues, they suggested, the 30 main sources of air pollution in every city and county should seek to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent and the EPA should show real-time air quality condition on its monitoring network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/).
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel