Thursday, April 8, 2010

Yellow Dust Attacks South Korea, A Serious Warning!

Cycling in Korea, Arctic to Argentina 2012, TBS 101.3 eFM Seoul, Korea from Brian Perich on Vimeo.

Dave B. April 8 at 9:44am
Dang!!!!! What is the "yellow dust"? Sounds like Korea is taking
its toll on you! Rest up! I will try to get some shots of your bike
in the next week or so. You sure you want it taken out of the
nice packaged box????
Brian 브라이안 Perich April 8 at 10:35am
Take a ride!!! And get photos!!! That bike is designed for
60,000km+ (40,000 mile+) rides, service it, and keep riding!!!
If you take detailed pictures of the kit (tools, extras included),
closeups of the components, etc
you'll see the HELL I've been going through for the past
1.5 months...

Brian in Gangneung
Asian Dust (also yellow dust, yellow sand, yellow wind
or China dust storms) is a seasonal meteorological
phenomenon which affects much of East Asia sporadically
during the springtime months....
Brian 브라이안 Perich April 8 at 11:02am

Dust deposition in Beijing during the 2006 season.
Areas affected by the dust experience decreased visibility
and the dust is known to cause a variety of health problems,
not limited to sore throat and asthma in otherwise healthy
people. Often, people are advised to avoid or minimize
outdoor activities, depending on severity of storms. For those
already with asthma or respiratory infections, it can be fatal.
The dust has been shown to increase the daily mortality rate
in one affected region by 1.7%. Although sand itself is not
necessarily harmful to soil, due to sulphur emissions and the
resulting acid rain, the storms also destroy farmland by
degrading the soil, and deposits of ash and soot and heavy
metals as well as potentially dangerous biomatter blanket
the ground with contaminants including croplands, aquifers,
etc. The dust storms also affect wildlife particularly hard,
destroying crops, habitat, and toxic metals interfering with
reproduction. Coral are hit particularly hard. Toxic metals
progagate up the food chain, from fish to higher mammals.
Air visibility is reduced, including canceled flights, ground
travel, outdoor activities, and can be correlated to significant
loss of economic activity. Japan has reported washed clothes
stained yellow. Korea Times has reported it costing 3 million
won (US $3,000), 6000 gallons of water, and 6 hours to simply
clean one jumbo jet.
Dave B. April 9 at 12:47am
Wow!!!! You would think they (Korea/china) would care
about their emissions? But hey all they care about is
cheap labor and trying to make a buck off it!
Brian 브라이안 Perich April 9 at 4:20am
Yeah, I don't think the Chinese were/are thinking,
this dust is coming from the growing wasteland in
the Gobi Desert. Since the Chinese long-ago deforested
many bordering regions, the Gobi Desert actually grew
larger and uncontrollable desertification is the direct
result. With massive storms (wind and sand storms)
every spring that sand and dust sweeps across all of
East and Southeast Asia (Northwesterly winds). My lungs
are still jacked 5 weeks later, 4 different broad-spectrum
antibiotics, allergy pills, respiratory therapy, and about
7 doctor visits (ENT-Ear Nose and Throat Specialist).
The doctor's office has a regular cue of about 20 people
continuously throughout the day, and he's making a back
off each and every customer (subsidized by the government...
the visit is about $2.50 and medication can run about $5.00
which is reasonable to walk-in and see a specialist without
an appointment and the pharmaceudicals are cheap in Korea).
But who the hell wants to be sick all the time, dependent
on drugs to fight the infections deep down in the lungs,
and have exposure to cancer-inducing toxic materials and
biohazard materials (picked up across China's vast industrial
wasteland)??? Not me, and I'm fighting for my life, drain of
my energy that should be spent in spring training, not to
mention the 5 weeks of diarrhea as a bonus, as the antibiotics
destroy all the healthy bacteria in the digestive system,
you deal with that outcome on top of everything else.

In short, it's a total f&^%ing nightmare out there in the air,
it's the dust you can't see that will kill you if your pushing
hard on the lungs doing continuous aerobic activity.
I'm staying indoors so I won't have to cough up a
lung or start chemo-therapy for cancer in the
near-future, however, if I keep training outdoors
here in this season, I might as well start digging my
early grave!

This serious seasonally occurring health and environmental
problem lays destruction in it's wake. Dave, I could go on
and on, it's like being kicked in the chest by a horse, choked
by a boa constrictor, and food poisoned all packed into one.
I'm definitely planning an escape route for the expedition in
2012-2013, this is a powerful experience to live through to
try to recover on the other side (North, Central, and South
America) while riding my bicycle for healthy renewal/charity
funding/non-profit two-wheeling. Well, I'm about prepped
for mid-term examinations now, still thinking about
riding this weekend, but wondering what it will cost
me to do it, a few more days of my life shaved off???

Thanks China! We are watching that nation destroy the Earth
piece by plastic/manufactured/toxic producing piece, and it's
not getting better over here in Korea either, we lay our own
waste into the sky through filthy industrial practices, fossil fuels,
and 50 million people moving about in a very small landmass.
The whole world is producing and consuming waste, we will
reap what we continue to sow, and it tastes like an industrial
farm that's killing us slowly.

It's time to THINK GREEN, REDUCE, REUSE (I mean it),
and WALK or CYCLE, start using HPV's
(Human Powered Vehicles) or alternative fuels
(Hydrogen, Solar Power) as a way to reduce,
recycle, and reuse the limited "clean-burn" resources
we have left on this Earth....
A living planet that is being trashed by humans.

The Korean Peninsula extends for about 1,000 kilometers
southward from the northeast Asian continental landmass.
Roughly 300 kilometers in width, climate variations are more
pronounced along the south-north axis. Due to these variations,
marked differences in plant vegetation can be seen along this axis.
Generally speaking, the southern half of the peninsula is warmer
than the northern half.

The total area of the peninsula, including the islands, is 22,154
square kilometers of which about 45 percent (99,313 square kilometers), excluding the area in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), constitutes
the territory of South Korea.

News Updates on the Yellow Dust in South Korea
(US Military Monitoring system) which tends to be
"shutdown" or blocked by Korean/US authorities when
levels are at danger levels...we've seen the index well
over 500 this year alone, not a place for humans living
green, a place for machines and refuse.

Peace Dave, this is a great blog update, I will post there later!

Brian Perich "Dust can kill you, LOL!"

1 comment: said...

Wow Brian, Yellow Dust that is crazy. The weather is a bit wild here too, this morning it snowed, last week it was 80 degrees (in Northern Michigan, US.) But Yellow Dust sounds like a nightmare --how long has it been going on? I agree with your plug for being green! Thanks for keeping us up to date...

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Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.

In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.

Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).

Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

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