Air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups in southern Taiwan

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-05-07

Much of Taiwan, including Taipei in the north was experiencing “good” to “moderate” air quality on Sunday. But authorities were urging sensitive groups in the south to be on alert.

The Environmental Protection Administration’s Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network showed mostly yellow – or “moderate” – markers in the north, with a scattering of green markers which denote “good” air quality.

But by 9am, areas in central Taiwan, including parts of Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, were flashing orange markers. That means the air quality is “unhealthy” for young children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

The EPA’s six-color scale takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air.

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