We inhale about 21,600 times a day. It could be a fresh sea air or a little bit of chemistry. Do we know what kind of air we breathe?
We invite you to the opening of the exhibition – “PARTICULATE MATTER”. By the set of macro pictures, we present the particulate matter collected from six sites in Klaipėda, and a study completed by scientists from the University of Klaipėda which reveals their inorganic composition.
The particles smaller than 2.5 µm are the most dangerous to health. Once inhaled, they enter our bloodstream and remain in our bodies for up to several years.
Particulate matter can cause for some of you – stroke, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease . Their carcinogenic effects can endanger primarily lung and bladder cancer.
According to the data of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Lithuania during 2018 prematurely died 3,350 people because of air pollution, while 170 people lost their lives on the roads.
EPA performs continuous monitoring and reporting about the concentration of particulate matter in the air. In Klaipeda, during 2018 the highest recorded concentration was 135 µg / m³ – similar to that in Alytus at the time of the fire.
The research presented at the exhibition helps us understand the health effects of particulate matter, identify sources of pollution and take steps to reduce them. So far, the composition of particulate matter in Lithuania has not been thoroughly investigated.
Exhibition Architect: Marius Ščerbinskas
Sound Design: TYKUMOS (Donatas Bielkauskas, Kristijonas Lučinskas)
Research: Dr. Paul Rapalis
Macro photography: Dr. Mindaugas Žilius