Characteristics of emissions of air pollutants from burning of incense in HK temples

B. Wang, S. C. Lee, K. F. Ho

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Abstract

Field investigations of target air pollutants at two of the most famous temples in Hong Kong were conducted. Each temple was investigated at two periods. One was the peak period, 1st or 15th day of Chinese lunar during which more pilgrims appeared at each temple for blessing and another was the non-peak period, non-1st or non-15th day of Chinese lunar. The target pollutants included particulate matters (PM10, PM2.5), carbonyl compounds, carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), methane (CH4), non-methane hydrocarbon (NMHC), organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC) and inorganic ions (Cl-, NO3-, SO4 2-, Na+, NH4 + and K+). The pollutant levels of the two temples during peak periods were shown to be significantly higher than that during non-peak periods, which implies the existence of health impact on those visitors staying in the temples during peak periods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHB 2006 - Healthy Buildings
Subtitle of host publicationCreating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, Proceedings
Pages307-312
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
EventHealthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, HB 2006 - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 4 Jun 20068 Jun 2006

Publication series

NameHB 2006 - Healthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, Proceedings
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceHealthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, HB 2006
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period4/06/068/06/06

Keywords

  • Burning of incense
  • Formaldehyde
  • Particulate matter
  • Temple

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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