2. What environmental health threats (from explosions, everyday pollution, climate change, etc ) are there in this setting?


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Tim Schütz's picture
April 22, 2021
  • Air pollution
  • Cancer Rates 
  • Decrease of watermelon production (from two harvesting seasons down to one; less revenue from wholesalers)
  • Flooding (yearly worship ritual to prevent the floods
  • Dioxin in duck eggs (not directly related to Formosa, but important controversy about lack of regulation)
  • Illegal factories near a elementary school (西港國小   / 頂庄國小 )
Tim Schütz's picture
March 15, 2021
In response to:
  • Explosions in 2010, 2019, July and October 2020 (faulty pipelines)
  • Release of plastic pellets 
  • Dumping of lead paint at the Naphtha cracker -- environmental cockroaches
  • Routine air pollution (but shifting with seasons and weather patterns, even the height of the chimneys. Different areas are affected differently -- and people recognize it)
  • Pollution of the seafood and other livestock (pigs, cows)