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Evaluation of indoor air quality in high-rise residential buildings in Bangkok and factor analysis

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Air pollution: The overlooked disaster

Air pollution: The overlooked disaster

By RISC | 1 month ago

Are we overlooking something?​In winter, along with cooler temperatures come particulates, which affect our health. The ground becomes cooler than the atmosphere above, trapping particles inside an "inversion layer".​Air pollution is a leading global problem we cannot ignore. More than 7 million people die each year from air pollution, making it one of the 8 top causes of death worldwide. In Thailand, the main particulate issue we face is PM2.5. These tiny particles cause over 22,000 premature deaths, according to Greenpeace research, with a huge impact on health and the economy. Bangkok was the most affected city last year, followed by Chiang Mai.​The Pollution Control Department lists the sources of Bangkok’s particulates this year as:​- 72.5% from traffic (especially 144,630 trucks and 99,652 diesel vehicles)​- 17% from industry- 5% from agriculture and field burning​- 5.5% from other sources​Reducing pollution requires action on vehicles, industry, and field burning. Thailand also has initiatives to tackle particulates such as...​- Increasing the potential of area-based management (emergency and crisis solutions)​- Pollution reduction and prevention from sources (2019-21 and 2022-24 plans)​- Increasing the potential of pollution management (2019-21 and 2022-24 plans)​In the next post, we’ll look at how different countries are tackling their air pollution.​Information: WHO, Pollution Control Department, Greenpeace, NGThai ​Author/Editor: Phetcharin Phongphetkul, Sustainable Designer, RISC​

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Cognitive decline happens to all of us – but how fast depends on stress.

Cognitive decline happens to all of us – but how fast depends on stress.

By RISC | 2 months ago

  When you are stressed, your hypothalamus alerts the pituitary gland and the adrenal cortex, which releases glucocorticoid. This stress hormone then affects your memory and concentration. The areas it impacts include the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and amygdala, which processes external stimuli and memories linked to emotions. Our ability to form long-term memories therefore deteriorates.So how can we manage stress to protect our brains?Regular mindful meditation can slow down brain decline, boost memory areas, and help control emotions including pain, according to scientific research.Exercise can also protect your brain. When our muscles move, growth factor is released to the brain, helping regenerate neurons, dilate blood vessels, and keep the brain active.Neurotechnology can also help. A brain computer interface (BCI) can check your brain stress and help you alter your behavior. You can also train your brain with cognitive games or stimulate it with weak electrical and magnetic waves.Want to know more about slowing down brain deterioration? Take a look at “RISC Talk Vol.2 / 2020: The Secrets of Body and Brain for Silver Age Residential Development". Discover from Dr. Sirawaj Itthipuripat, a neuroscientist at the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Lab at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, how to protect your brain at https://youtu.be/WP7nfXPZN3Y#Brain #CognitiveDecline #Stress #MindfulnessMeditation #BCI #RISCwellbeing #Sustainability #Innovation #Research

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