Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hazy Hwangsa

Hwangsa is when yellow dust from the deserts in China blow into Korea and a few other Asian countries carrying pollutants like sulfur, soot, and dozens of other pollutants I'd rather not think about. You can read about it here.

People are advised to wear masks, and not go outside as much, but honestly I've only seen a few elderly people with masks and life goes on at its normal pace. Korea and Japan have made efforts to plant trees to block some of the sand and endorse using sulfur filters in factories, but air quality doesn't seem to be a top priority for the Chinese government these days.

Taken on the roof of the YWCA in Suwon on 3/16/2009