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Air pollution at “unhealthy levels” in 64 areas in Bangkok

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Get out the anti-pollution masks and turn on the air purifier, air pollution in Bangkok is at unhealthy levels. 64 locations in Bangkok have reported high levels of the air pollutant PM2.5, according to the Pollution Control Department. People are advised to avoid outdoor activities.

As a cold weather front in China weakens, air circulation is also slowing down, causing dust to accumulate and drop to a lower altitude, according to the director-general of the Pollution Control Department.

Drivers are advised not to keep the vehicle’s engines running while parked. Farmers are also asked not to burn farm wastes in open fields. Everyone should reduce outdoor activities, he says.

64 areas in Bangkok recorded the dust particles reaching unhealthy levels. The highest PM 2.5 levels were reported in Amphoe Muang of Samut Sakhon and were classified as “very unhealthy.”

Air pollution at "unhealthy levels" in 64 areas in Bangkok | News by Thaiger

 

As of this morning, Bangkok ranked 20th on the list of cities with worst air quality, according to IQAir, but this is subject to change as the list is updated frequently and air conditions continuously fluctuate.

SOURCES: Bangkok Biz News | Thai PBS World | IQAir

 

 

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    Sierra

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Its very simple. They were burning tons of crops in the north the last 3 days. The air circulation has brought all of that smog to Bangkok and combined it with the putridly neglected air here as well. The end result is toxic air which is tremendously harmful to adults and children. This national disgrace could be averted by enforcing anti-burning laws but the political appetite seems to be lacking.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:27 am

      Actually “they” weren’t, as the sugar cane season isn’t at that stage yet.

      … and it’s not “tons of crops” that get burnt but tons of waste, which will almost certainly continue until someone comes up with an alternative way of disposing of it.

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        Stu

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:22 am

        From December to April during the sugarcane harvest season, Thai sugarcane growers burn sugarcane stalks before harvest to get rid of dried leaves.

        So I guess by “they” he means Thai sugarcane growers. Or perhaps other farmers burn other crop waste too. Im not sure.

        Now that you have berated Sierra for his poor grasp of agricultural techniques in the Thai sugarcane industry perhaps you can add a comment worth reading as to why the pollution has increased….instead of just being a pompous tool….:)

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          Issan John

          Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 8:28 pm

          Actually very few “burn sugarcane stalks before harvest to get rid of dried leaves.”

          That’s the old way and they not only get around 25% less from the factories which buy the cut cane but they have to pay the cutters more to cut the cane as it makes their job a lot more unpleasant.

          It’s seldom done anymore except either at the end of the season before the factories close or when the canes are being replaced every 3 or 4 years, and even then it’s not popular.

          … and FWIW, most other crop waste isn’t burnt off to anything like the same extent. Corn waste is used to feed the cattle, like hay or straw, as is rice bran which can also be used to produce rice bran oil commercially, but there’s nothing productive farmers can do with sugar cane leaves.

          As I’ve said elsewhere, burning the leaves after cutting undoubtedly produces vast amounts of pollution but what’s the alternative for the farmers?

          Genuine question, as I don’t know but at least I’ve suggested some alternatives which is more than you or anyone else has, here or anywhere else.

          “Why has the pollution increased?”

          Well, actually that IS “pretty simple”. In no particular order:

          1. The sugar cane leaves are only burnt off after the cane’s harvested, Dec – Mar, as no one’s come up with an alternative.

          2. The sugar cane factories are only open from Dec – Apr, when they produce enormous amounts of smoke and pollution 24/7.

          3. It’s stopped raining and Dec – Apr is dry season, so there’s nothing to “damp down” any pollution.

          Simple enough?

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        Sierra

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:07 pm

        Thats a very pedantic point you made Issan John. Very pedantic and very incorrect. Crop Waste, the stalks, are in fact crop derivatives. Hard to be wrong on two points in a single comment but you somehow managed. Your other incorrect statement was that burning season hadnt started yet. In fact it started in November. I passed fields set on fire by Mid November and any simpleton looking at a fire map can see the fires raging accross Issan and other areas of Northern Thailand. I suggest you open your eyes, how else do you explain the horrendously poor air quality throughout Northern Thailand?

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          Issan John

          Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 8:53 pm

          Far from “pedantic” and far from “incorrect”, Sierra.

          The “stalks”, as you call them, ARE the sugar canes. THE “STALKS” ARE THE CROP!!!

          The “stalks” are NOT “Crop Waste” and they’re not burnt in the fields by the farmers. THE “STALKS” ARE WHAT THEY SELL TO THE FACTORIES to process, you complete buffoon!

          What’s burnt off in those fields you passed “set on fire” are the leaves!

          … and of course you passed “fields set on fire by Mid-November” but that ISN’T the main season which is NOW.

          … and “how else do you explain the horrendously poor air quality throughout Northern Thailand?”

          The same way that the experts have been explaining it for years:

          1. The sugar cane leaves are only burnt off after the cane’s harvested, Dec – Mar, as no one’s come up with an alternative.

          2. The sugar cane factories are only open from Dec – Apr, when they produce enormous amounts of smoke and pollution 24/7.

          3. It’s stopped raining and Dec – Apr is dry season, so there’s nothing to “damp down” any pollution.

          Which of those three don’t you understand?

          (probably any and all of it if you think the farmers are burning their sugar cane “stalks” as “Crop Waste” instead of selling it. 🙂 ROFL)

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    chupapi

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Few days ago there was a nice breeze and the Bangkok skyline was amazing. Yesterday and today looks like being into a Blade Runner movie 🙁

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Quite a lot of it is caused by cement.suprised me when i first found out about it.

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      Fred glue

      Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      Mr cynic, it has surprised me too , what you say can you give more information on it… just interested that’s all thanks..?

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        Mr cynic

        Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 5:10 am

        Just do a web search using cement concrete and air pollution,plenty will come up on the subject.
        It’s a major issue, particularly when you consider the amount of high rise developments in bangkok.

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