Wednesday I went to an Astronomy observatory one on of Santiago 's hills in one of the "good" neighbourhood, for a meeting. I took the following picture :
I woke up at 5:30 full of energy, worked 1.5h, and felt exhausted and cold and depressed, yet unable to sleep... The remedy: pinging on Skype each of my brothers, putting music on louder than usual (not so loud as to wakeup the neighbours who parties all night!), and baking pies to warm up the appartment (it's winter in the South Hemisphere).
Today, I etched my Pirate flag on a metal mug:
When I went to see the doctor one day later (Monday), she told me that the pollution in Santiago this year has reached record heights and duration, and that even the government admitted that those levels had not been reached since 1999, 16 years ago. Given that I don't watch TV nor listen to radio, she advised me to install an application on my phone to monitor daily the quality of the air, or at least before doing any kind of sport, even on a static exercise bike in the afternoon (which means almost every day for me).
- The World Health Organization's recommended maximum PM2.5 level is 25 μg/m3, while Chilean's norms consider a value of 46.5 µg∕m3 of MP 2.5 as "bueno" on [2015-07-06 Mon]. On [2015-06-22 Mon] it was 98.8 µg∕m3 of MP 2.5 as "alerta"...
- The World Health Organization's recommended maximum PM10 level is 50 µg/m3. At Parque O Higgins on [2015-07-06 Mon], it was 74.1 µg∕m3 or "bueno". On [2015-06-22 Mon] it was 173.6 74.1 µg∕m3 or "regular"....
I was advised to move to another place: many colleagues live in "Las Condes", which is higher in the mountains and where the air ratings are consistently better, with a commuting time ranging between 2*40mns driving a car and 2*1.5h taking public transportation. Some staff live well outside the city, and commute for 2*2h a day, sleeping and reading in the bus. The air quality is better in general, but even those places were affected during the air quality emergency.
- http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs313/en/ for the recommendations from the World Health Organization mentioned above;
- http://portal.mma.gob.cl/pronostico-rm/ for the map generated by the Chilean government;
- http://southernpacificreview.com/js/airquality.html for an analysis of the air quality by US's standards in real time; and
- http://southernpacificreview.com/.../santiago-air.../ for the explanation of how the table is computed.