Air Quality in Tierra Amarilla on February 5, 2024


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Chile has taken steps to improve air quality in the country. Eight out of the ten cities with the worst air quality in South America are located in Chile, making pollution a major issue for the nation. According to a report by IQ Air, a Swiss air quality technology company, the most polluted cities in South America from 2017 to 2021 include Angol, Coyhaique, Padre de las Casas, Coronel, Temuco, Traigue, Nacimiento, and the capital city, Santiago. Worldwide, the most contaminated countries in the last year were Bangladesh, Chad, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and India. Among the most polluted capitals were New Delhi, Dhaka, N’Djamena, Dushanbe, and Muscat.

Chile is the third member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with the highest average annual concentration of particulate matter (PM) 2.5. This has led to the implementation of measures to improve air quality in various cities, including Tierra Amarilla. These measures include restrictions on the use of wood heaters, control of visible fumes from heaters, and restrictions on vehicles and motorcycles based on their emissions.

The Air Quality Index referred to Particles (ICAP) has been established to monitor air quality and define situations of environmental emergency. It is important to use masks on pre-emergency and environmental emergency days, prefer public transportation or car sharing, keep vehicles with gas checks up to date, and change engine oil before its expiration. Other recommendations include not smoking inside, purchasing certified heaters, not burning leaves or garbage, and reporting those who do not respect the measures adopted for alert, pre-emergency, and emergency days.

Proper use of heaters is also emphasized, including using dry firewood, starting fires with paper and dry kindling, and keeping the flue open for at least 10 minutes after starting a fire. It is also recommended to replace old heaters with lower emissions and greater efficiency, and to use alternative fuels such as gas, electricity, briquettes, petroleum derivatives, and pellets. All firewood dealers must have a municipal license, tax, and forestry documentation to ensure the legal origin of the firewood.

These measures aim to improve air quality and reduce pollution in Chile, especially in cities with high levels of particulate matter. By implementing these measures and following the recommendations, it is hoped that air quality in Chile will improve, leading to a healthier environment for its citizens.

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