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See the day of the haze! Sun Yat-sen University 'PM2.5 Vision' special exhibition

See the day of the haze! Sun Yat-sen University 'PM2.5 Vision' special exhibition

03 Jan, 2018
See the day of the haze! Sun Yat-sen University 'PM2.5 Vision' special exhibition

See the day of the haze! Sun Yat-sen University 'PM2.5 Vision' special exhibition

PM2.5 fine suspended particles have become an emerging pollutant of global concern, and they are also known as "the invisible killer in the air"; the sky is gray, and you think it is "fog", but in fact it is "haze"! In order to let the public have a deeper understanding of PM2.5 issues, the National Sun Yat-sen University has specially planned a special exhibition " See the day of the haze! Sun Yat-sen University 'PM2.5 Vision' special exhibition", which will last for half a year from today (3) to June 15th. A grand exhibition on the third floor of the Sun Yat-sen University Library is open to the public for free.

Academician Yuan-Tseh Lee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and former Dean of the Academia Sinica, also went south to participate in the opening ceremony today, and then with the theme of "Let us master the future of mankind together", encouraging students to care about environmental sustainability and the future living environment of mankind. Li Yuan-Tseh Lee mentioned that mankind pursues economic development, but on the other hand, it also causes pollution to the environment. In addition to PM2.5, problems such as carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect all need to be solved urgently. When thinking about energy issues, we should reduce carbon at the same time to achieve sustainable development.

Ying-Yao Cheng ,President of Sun Yat sen University emphasized that this special exhibition shows Sun Yat-sen University's strong sense of mission and determination to realize the social responsibility of the university. This exhibition focuses on exhibits jointly designed and planned by Zhongshan teachers, students and partners, combined with the PM2.5 vision series art creation exhibits of the National Museum of Natural Science, and added a number of new exhibitions jointly designed and planned by Zhongshan teachers, students and partners The work is expected to enable more members of the public and students from all levels of schools to gain in-depth understanding of various PM2.5-related knowledge, work together to improve the quality of the environment and protect the health of themselves and their families.

According to data recently released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, PM2.5 exposure has become the fourth leading cause of death from chronic diseases in people. Among the top ten causes of death among people, up to 9 major diseases are directly or indirectly related to PM2.5 exposure. This time there are 22 exhibits. Among them, the three-dimensional installation art "Big Nose and Small Particles" was hand-created by Zhongshan teachers and students. The prototype of the nose is enlarged about 30 times, and the different chemistry that PM2.5 may have is presented from an anthropomorphic point of view. Composition, shape and characteristics, after entering the human body, there may be completely different journeys and encounters. In the exhibition "You Must Know: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and PM2.5", the relationship between Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and PM2.5 exposure was introduced.

Associate Professor Chia C. Wang, the Director of the Aerosol Science Research Center at National Sun Yat-sen University, pointed out that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a very common lung disease with high disability and fatality rate but easily neglected. The cause is caused by harmful particles in the breathing air. Inflammation occurs in the respiratory tract, destroying the interstitial elastic tissue of the alveoli, and destroying the elasticity of the lung. The amount of air inhaled is getting smaller and smaller, resulting in emphysema. Patients often suffer from shortness of breath or asthma. Although it has long been believed that smoking is the most direct and significant cause of COPD, recent studies have found that about 25% to 45% of COPD patients are non-smokers. It is pointed out that environmental exposure has become another important cause of COPD.

This exhibition also specifically introduced possible sources of PM2.5 that are common in life, reminding the public to stay vigilant. Although the sources of PM2.5 are not the most important fixed pollution sources and mobile pollution sources, we may also have various sources of PM2.5 in our homes and workplaces in our daily lives. These PM2.5 generated by various human activities in life, although the percentage of the total PM2.5 total is lower than that of fixed pollution sources and mobile pollution sources, this type of PM2.5 permeates our daily life environment. The risks to human health should not be underestimated. In this exhibition, Sun Yat-sen University also presents special issues related to air pollution in Kaohsiung, including the air pollution relocation village of Dalinpu in Kaohsiung, and the geographical relationship between industrial areas and schools in Kaohsiung. The geographical location map reveals the industrial area. The health crisis implied by the surrounding schools.

 Aerosol Science Research Center of Sun Yat-sen University stated that this is a result of cross-field and cross-university collaboration. The professors participating in the planning of this special exhibition include Associate Professor from the Teacher Training Center of Sun Yat-sen University, Assistant Professor Paichi-Pat Shein and Associate Professor Jiang Yannan of the Department of Chemistry, etc. In addition, Kaohsiung City has established the Campus Air Pollution Prevention and Control Alliance. National Sun Yat-sen University will play an important role as a social think tank. It will jointly develop air quality and PM2.5 issues with the Kaohsiung City Education Bureau and the Campus Air Pollution Prevention and Control Alliance composed of schools at all levels. The environmental education curriculum and textbooks, promote environmental science education, enhance the public’s awareness of environmental protection and scientific literacy, and work together to clear the world!



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