Are Japanese Pitta Masks effective for use in China?

It’s allergy season again. Spring is here, and the catkin white fluff is in the air!     Lately, I’ve noticed many people wearing these Pitta masks out on the streets of Beijing.     They look sleek, but I wondered whether they actually work. After all, data shows that Japan’s air quality is much better than China’s, so it’s possible that they were designed for things other than […]

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Does the Climate in Bangkok Aggravate the Air Pollution in the City?

I just analyzed Bangkok’s PM2.5 data (what is PM2.5?), and I found it varies systematically by season and time of day. Bangkok Average PM2.5 First, some basics. In 2018, Bangkok averaged 27 micrograms of PM2.5. That puts Bangkok just under three times the WHO annual limit.     Bangkok’s Air Pollution: The Bad News But […]

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