Construction and cars are biggest offenders
A new study by Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) shows fine particulate matter from construction and traffic has more than doubled in the Santiago metropolitan region over the past eight years.
The USACH study uses data gathered by the National Environmental Commission (CONAMA) to measure levels of particulate matter (PM) and identify its source. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is particularly dangerous because its microscopic size means it is easily absorbed into the lungs and can cause a variety of health issues.
Pamela was born in Osorno Chile but grew up gringa in Cleveland, Ohio. After spending four wonderful years in Toronto she had a choice: Stay on the corporate train headed to Phoenix or get off. She (and her fantastic husband) closed their eyes, sold all their belongings, and jumped. Following three months of delightful do-nothingness she joined the Santiago Times to pursue her interest in writing.