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UploadedAugust 6, 2011
TakenOctober 4, 2010
Exposure1/320 sec at f/9
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Focal Length11.5 mm
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Metals in air are mostly attached to particles either in elemental or in compound form. Some metals can persist in air as a vapour, especially mercury. Coal smoke has a varied profile of metal emissions and domestic coal emits metals in quantities potentially harmful to human health.

Those of concern are: lead, arsenic, chromium and mercury but there are others which are poisonous and domestic smoke exposure combined with that from other sources may mean an exceedance of safe limits for many.

How can I protect my health?

Exposure to some level of traffic pollution is unavoidable in most urban and rural areas. Nevertheless, there are some steps you can take to reduce exposure to air pollution and minimise the risk for health effects:

Check the daily air quality forecasts for your city or town and use this information to plan your activities: when pollution levels are high, avoid energetic outdoor activities or do them in the morning or late in the evening. Avoid exposure, especially in the afternoon, when ozone levels tend to peak.

Avoid walking along busy streets with lots of traffic fumes. Avoid exercising near areas where traffic is heavy, especially during rush hour.

Remain indoors and close external doors and windows on smoggy days.

If you live near a busy road, close windows and doors during peak traffic hours.

Try to find a house and workplace not too close to a busy road or highway.

If necessary, you can use an effective breathing mask outside, for example when bicycling.

For people with respiratory disease it is important to:

Regularly follow your prescribed treatment.

Carry with you your rescue medication.

Talk with the health care professional who treats you about actions to take during peak air pollution, if necessary.

11 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (6 Aug 2011):

    That can't be good for the environment!!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (6 Aug 2011):

    Fantastic entry. So meaningful

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (7 Aug 2011):

    WoW, the colours are fantastic here, the meaning is also deep as usual expected from you!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (7 Aug 2011):

    Very good picture...and surely shows what we are doing to our air. :-(

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (8 Aug 2011):

    great photo

  • Syble Brabham

    Syble Brabham said (8 Aug 2011):

    yep very bad for the air-but a very nice shot...

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    Killer capture.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (9 Aug 2011):

    While out and about I often think of the land and it's stages. I think of the Indians that once had to walk thru miles and miles of trees. No clearing as far as they could walk in days. I think of the rivers and how clean they must of been. I think about how hard they fought to keep the land sacred. Then I think of the generations that have come since then and the changes they have made to the land. I am sad for my grandchildren. A powerful capture.

  • Nikola Matovina

    Nikola Matovina (Deleted) said (14 Aug 2011):

    good photo...

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    hea foto

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (8 Sep 2011):

    Powerful indeed...a great evil...the ignorant say it does not hurt..they are wrong...

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