Cause And Effect Of Haze

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CAUSES OF HAZE PROBLEM I. Introduction What is haze? The haze we see in our city skyline is caused by tiny particulates suspended in the atmosphere. Haze can even travel as far as the neighbouring countries. For example, when there are extensive open burning in Indonesia, the haze will spread to Malaysia and Singapore. In these countries, the situation is further aggravated by the pollution from vehicles and factories. The haze is an unwelcome visitor. Its effects are health problems, serious injuries or lives to be lost and the environment. II. Body A. One effect of haze is the health problem. 1. Among healthy individuals, short term exposure such as continuous exposure to unhealthy daily average PSI levels over a period of a few days to high levels of haze particles may cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat in healthy individuals. (Health Promotion Board, 2012) a. Depending on how sensitive people are, the severity of the haze and the time of exposure, they may experience the following short-term adverse effects such as irritated eyes, runny nose, throat irritation or headache. (Wee, 2015) b. The haze particles may irritate the eyes, nose and throat in healthy individuals. In most cases, the irritation resolves on its own. (Tan, 2013) 2. Studies have shown that a person living overseas with continuous exposure over several years to high ambient pollution from fine particles may have a higher risk of getting cardiovascular effects such as heart

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