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Motor vehicles responsible for most pollution, Get ready for Corpus Christi, Yaku faces political headwinds, Bolivia to celebrate Andean New Year

Jueves, 6/6/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Exposición – “Grupal – Medios Mixtos” will open el 13/6 a the “Galería Ombligo” (Coronel Tálbot 7-38 y Pres. Córdova). The gallery, created by Sally Lincoln in a historic house, has the goal of supporting independent artists in Cuenca.

Música e ilustración – A Digital Illustration and Music event will be held mañana a las 19:00 in the Casa Victoria (Simón Bolívar 10-31 y Padre Aguirre). Cost: $3.00.

Corpus Christi starts June 20.

Exposición – “Des-terrado,” 25 paintings by Matías Naranjo, opened hoy a las 19:00 in the galería Paul Cézanne at the Alianza Francesa.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Concierto – RD Maravilla will perform at the discoteca Hangover (El avión – the plane), mañana el 7/6 a las 21:00. His hits are ·El goloso”, Te lo hundo”, and “Hola, bebé.” Cost: $10.00.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Caos vehicular y contaminación (Vehicle chaos and pollution) – <Quickly now – How many Cuencanos does it take to create a vehicular chaos?> Data from an air quality monitoring network indicates 73% of the pollution in Cuenca is from vehicles. El Arenal and its surroundings is a perfect example where vehicles share the road with not just motos and pedestrians, but estivadores (stevedores) with handtrucks. EMOV has started controlling the trucks unloading and loading on calle Roberto Crespo. They are supposed to do that between 2-6:00 and then leave.

About 150,000 vehicles circulate in the Cuenca each day but in 2018, only 85,235 were approved by the Revisión Técnica Vehicular (Technical Vehicle Inspection). Most of the pollution is emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate material which on average, is at 35.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The World Health Organization recommends a maximum of 20 mg per m3, and Ecuadorian Air Quality Standard specifies 50 mg./m3. In the past year, the WHO standard was exceeded 14 times. Rain helps disperse the particulates out the air and pollution is worse in the dry months of sep, oct & dec. <So the stuff goes into the rivers and we’re drinking it instead of breathing it?>

Blood donations – The Ecuadorian Red Cross of Azuay and the Chamber of Industry, Production and Employment along with public and private companies have a campaign called “Embajador de vida” (Ambassador of life). Their goal is to collect 2,000 pints of blood each month which is the ideal amount for Azuay which currently only collects 500 pints. You can donate at the Red Cross Blood Bank (Pres. Borrero 6-57 y Pres. Córdova) from lunes a domingo, 8-20:00. The Red Cross hopes to create a culture of donation. To donate you need your ID, be between 17 & 65 years old, and weigh more than 50 kilos.

Derrumbes y grietas (Landslides and cracks – your word for the day and it applies to plaster as well as soil. Remember this for conversations with your landlord.) – An almost 6 m. deep crack around an area of 3.4 hectares is threatening to plug a stream in Gualaceo. 3 houses are at risk and one was evacuated yesterday. The crack is horseshoe shaped with stream across the open part of the horseshoe at the bottom of the slope.
Two roads were closed by landslides yesterday afernoon due to the winter weather. The first is on the vía Sígsig-Chiguinda-Gualaquiza at km. 4+820 after the Molón bridge which connects Azuay and Morona Santiago. The other is the vía Méndez-Morona. Both roads have been covered with by the slides. The Santa Barbara River also flooded, obstructing the road behind the Sígsig school.

Tasa Solidaria – One of Yaku Pérez’ campaign promises was to eliminate this tax, but he doesn’t have the votes in the Provincial Chamber to do it. None of the 15 mayors of the cantons in Azuay or the 7 parish presidents (who were elected to represent the 61 parish councils) are in his party. The parish presidents have two issues – mining and the tasa solidaria which they want to keep since the money collected goes to rural roads. <I wonder if this promise was to attract votes from the cities which I think contribute proportionately more but don’t get the benefits.>

Broken street lights – La Empresa Electrica Regional Centro Sur announced you can report damage street lights at number 136 to receive timely attention. There are repair teams on standby for these kinds of reports.

Corpus – Candy makers are getting ready for Corpus Christi which starts on 20/6. So far prices for their raw materials have not increased. Rocío Juca, 73, and Mayra Iñiguez, (25) both make Corpus sweets all year around at their fixed locations on Hermano Miguel, and at parque San Blas, respectively. <Call your dentist now for your appointment in early July. My teeth hurt just thinking about all those tons of sugar.>

Bolivia – Bolivia will celebrate the Andean New Year of 5527 on 21/6 at more than 200 indigenous sacred sites. The festival is called “Willka Cuti,” or the return of the sun.

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –

Jeanne

One thought on “Motor vehicles responsible for most pollution, Get ready for Corpus Christi, Yaku faces political headwinds, Bolivia to celebrate Andean New Year

  1. Contaminants in the air we breathe are not terribly complicated. Some under our direct control; others that call for common action, such as good governance.
    The World Health Organization estimates 4 million deaths per year due to outdoor (ambient) air pollution. > https://www.who.int/airpollution/ambient/en/
    The WHO particulate database shows fine particulate, PM2.5, measured in micrograms per cubic meter. PM2.5 essentially enters the lungs and does not exit, making it a key concern for lung disease. Cuenca had yearly average of 10 in 2016 and 11 in 2017, with the WHO calling for no higher than 10 for yearly average. See database linked to page > https://www.who.int/airpollution/data/cities/en/
    WHO also plots PM2.5 and PM10 data on a map > http://maps.who.int/airpollution/ While it’s interesting to compare cities, countries and continents, the WHO map data may be calculated rather than measured.
    You can track your own exposure, and check exposures in “real time” around the world, with PurpleAir on-line map tool > https://www.purpleair.com/map?#2.88/8.31/96.74
    Simply enter your_location.purpleair.com, for instance Medellin_Colombia.purpleair.com. Check weekly particulate level versus real time. Sadly, no PurpleAir device delivering this data is operating in Ecuador.
    Many air pollution problems are from indoor sources and items we bring into our residence. WHO estimates another 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to household air pollution > https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/household-air-pollution-and-health
    In addition to WHO guidance, EPA has a nice guide to understand indoor air quality (IAQ), and identify and correct unwanted exposure > https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/protect-indoor-air-quality-your-home
    Another way to understand pollution health impacts is in years of life lost. Air pollution leads ALL causes of reduced life expectancy, on average reducing lifespan 1.8 years worldwide. > https://news.uchicago.edu/story/air-pollution-reduces-global-life-expectancy-nearly-two-years

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