So this is a bit of troublesome information. Check out the information on asian dust, “yellow sand” as they call it here (hwangsa is the Korean word for it). It’s basically a swirling mass of dust that travels south from China and carries “Sulphur (an acid rain component), soot, ash, carbon monoxide, and other toxic pollutants including heavy metals (such as mercury, cadmium, chromium, arsenic, lead, zinc, copper) and other carcinogens, … as well as viruses, bacteria, fungi, pesticides, antibiotics, asbestos, herbicides, plastic ingredients, combustion products as well as hormone-mimicking phthalates.” (wikipedia)
Tuesday I noticed that it was particularly overcast and dusty-looking in Pyeongnae, where I live. I didn’t think much of it, but I saw a large amount of people, more than usual, wearing the doctor masks. Not to mention that the Korean teachers didn’t want to walk to dinner because of the air, so we drove. I had no idea it was really such an issue though.
I may have to invest in a mask!
Here’s a link a friend sent me. It shows the daily asian dust counts as monitored by the U.S. army.