Thursday, March 23, 2006

Hong Kong air: fit to breathe?

Earth's atmosphere is a layer of gases surrounding the planet Earth and retained by the Earth's gravity. It contains roughly 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen, with trace amounts of other gases. This mixture of gases is commonly known as air. The atmosphereprotects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation and reducing temperature extremes between day and night.
Source: Wikipedia
Air can hurt you too
Air can hurt you too
Some people say not to worry about the air
Some people don't know shit about the...
Talking Heads, Air, Fear of Music (1979)

Had a bad air day? Hereabouts, bad air days (and nights) are getting more and more frequent. . .

Namely, increasing volumes of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide and, as they say in the trade, respirable suspended particulates. Respirable? That means breathable. In other words, you can breathe those suckers in. . . But who's to say you can breathe them out?



Dr Martin Williams is circulating an email about a local Friends of the Earth petition to be forwarded to Hong Kong Government. The petition is fairly innocuous, but every email to government helps.

At the FoE page, scroll down for link to petition.
FoE: English
FoE: Chinese
For Doc Martin: and
Thanks, Martin!

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