#15 PM2.5

PM2.5 are extremely small particles. The WHO estimates that every year PM2.5 is responsible for 2.4 million premature deaths worldwide. What is the cause? According to a study conducted by Kyoto University, PM2.5, which enters the body through the respiratory organs, can damage cells and cause inflammation, worsening various diseases. It has also been linked to COVID-19. How do we deal with this invisible threat? In this program, we'll examine countermeasures and look at the latest research on prediction using space technology.

Reporter: Lemi Duncan
Lungs of a healthy mouse (left), and lungs of a mouse exposed to PM2.5 with inflamed areas (right)
Concentration and distribution of aerosols observed by the Himawari-8 weather satellite