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Air pollution in Bangkok expected to get worse due to “cold spell”




Air pollution in Bangkok is expected to get worse over the next few days as pollutants are getting trapped in the atmosphere thanks to a recent cold spell and a lack of wind to blow the haze away from the city. In response to the unhealthy air pollution, The PM’s Office permanent secretary says he has asked several ministries to step up efforts in combatting the PM2.5 micron ‘dust’ particulate that has blanketed the city.

He says that the issue has been contained so far due to Covid-19 measures which have made many people work from home.

“But vehicle exhaust fumes, construction sites and burning garbage in open areas is not helping.”

“To add to the problem, the cold spell is creating an “inversion layer” as meteorologists call it, which stops air below it from rising and trapping pollutants.”

As usual, Bangkok officials are looking to some of the smaller, localised traffic issues to blame, although the annual “smoke from the north” problem is the key and overriding issue regarding Bangkok’s smog problem months. The local traffic pollutants, whilst ever-present, don’t cause the skyline smog and haze for the rest of the year.

And when the Thais refer to a “cold spell” it usually means the ambient temperature has dropped to the low 20s. In other parts of the world that would be considered a heat wave!

The secretary says police and other officials are being asked to curb traffic build-ups at intersections as some had seen a sharp increase in dust pollution. Motorists are also being advised to take their cars for routine engine check-ups but some owners are refusing, saying their cars are new and not releasing black smoke. Public transportation vehicles are also being checked for emissions that could further add to the pollution issue in the country’s capital.

Meanwhile, PM Prayut has recently asked people to avoid large gatherings out of what he says is “concern” for their health after the recent cold spell from China hit the nation. But, more particularly, he pointed out political gatherings and has also asked everyone to adhere to social distancing and mask wearing to help curb the recent outbreak of Covid-19 that has swept the country in the past couple of months.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Which one kills more people?
    Covid-19 or Airpolution?

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      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:46 am

      Covid-19: 2 million people
      Airpolution: 7 million people
      Traffic: 1.35 million people
      Cancer: 9.5 million people

      First two are obviously made up things ?

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Surely someone high up has got too address this matter. I think it is not just Thailand’s proplem, south – east Asia is in the mix too. & here in oz, all this talk that has been going on for (20) years. Not one thing has been done too rectify it. What do we do I don’t know, people are for & against the Paris agreement.
    We just burn , burn & burn. I wish I had a answer for it. A mans duty is too build & protect.
    So far our report is unsatisfactory, how can we push a camel through the eye of a needle. We have not got enough carpet, too but it under anymore. I am in the mix too, & part of the problem. I use power just like anyone else. Its not fair now or I into tomorrow. The people that we put into our future only tell us lies.
    That’s your government’s all over the globe. They are all paid very well too, for what I ask.
    We can ask ourselves is it money, or is it money. I see the queen, the prince of Wales of england , and the commonwealth, are trying too help in air pollution. It makes me think, I have (4) light globes in my unit.
    I would not like too think how many light globes that they have in there living quarters. What a light electricity bill would that come too. Anyway let’s hope we can get a solution too air pollution 2day….

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      Issan John

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:12 pm

      I’d suggest “the prince of Wales” is hardly a shining light as far as his personal example of anything goes goes rather than his rhetoric.

      The first thing he did when testing positive for Covid-19 was to break the law by flying from Highgrove, in England, to Balmoral in Scotland, with his wife and staff.
      … his example on being eco-friendly is considerably worse …

      As you so rightly say, though, it’s about finding a solution and an alternative and so far nobody’s come up with one other than “stop” without suggesting any alternative, which is hardly likely to be constructive.

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        Colin G

        Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:47 pm

        “his example on being eco-friendly is considerably worse” – you really do spout some rubbish, IJ. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, of course, but I suspect that much of what you post is designed to provoke a response and, clearly, I have fallen into your trap. However, for the benefit of the sane and reasonable, please do at least try to give your witterings some semblance of reality.

        Are you, by any chance, a Flat Earther ?

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    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    The cause is crop burning all around the capital and in the north. Right now the pollution in Bangkok is actually lower than surrounding agricultural provinces which are showing close to 200 and over AQI. LOS – Land of Smog – The cost to peoples health, productivity, thailands reputation, tourism, medical tourism – is staggering. This is utter madness and completely negligent.

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    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    quick…shoot water into the air!!!! lmao

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    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Does it really have to be so complicated to stop the smoke from the north?
    Oh, it’s about the farmers saving costs, thus the cooperations buying their goods.

    Considering that Thailand is blessed with beauty and good people, it seems absurd why the government would pollute the nation, to keep agriculture “competitive”.

    Thailand is at this time behind the developed nations when it comes to using of fertilizers. Is there a limit to how far the nation is willing to go to make a quick buck?

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