By: By Christie Chen and Zoe Wei, Central News Agency
The air quality in southern Taiwan was poor on Monday due to a lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, according to data from the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
As of 1 p.m., the index for fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) was as high as level 8 on the 1-10 PM2.5 index in Kaohsiung’s Fongshan and Cianjin districts, and as high as level 7 in Kaohsiung’s Daliao, Zuoying and Xiaogang districts, as well as in Chaozhou Township in Pingtung County, according to readings from EPA stations in those areas.
Level 7, or concentrations of 54-58 micrograms of PM 2.5 particulates per cubic meter, or above are severe enough to cause tangible discomfort and health problems, the EPA has said. [FULL STORY]