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North-east wallows in heavy air pollution, Bangkok improves

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Bangkok has had a respite in the past week from almost two months of heavy air pollution. Whilst the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority, government and pollution control department dithered around with spurious explanations, the pollution persisted.

Water cannons, fire departments spraying water from atop city towers, amateur drones flying tiny ‘clearing’ missions and asking factories to shut down, kept the media fed with material but did little to nothing to solve the chronic central issues – old buses, old diesel-engined vehicles, plantation burn-offs to the northeast of the capital and heavy traffic.

To tackle any of the real pollution contributors would have been unpalatable in the lead-up to the election. Pushing smoke-bellowing cars and trucks off the road, cancelling bus services and telling northeastern farmers (and voters) to stop burning off their crops, would have risked a political backlash.

But nature came to the city’s rescue this week with some winds and light rain that pushed the heavy smog on.

Meanwhile the north-east provinces of Thailand are now suffering under crippling air pollution, mostly from the burning off of cane and rice crops. Again, whilst noting that the annual burn-offs are contributing to the problem, the Khon Kaen Governor, and others, have resisted discussing alternatives with farmers.

Today, Bangkok’s smog problem is very low whilst Khon Kaen, in the heart of the north-east, is suffering bad air quality.

The northeastern region had only three air quality-monitoring stations, in Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen and Loei, while the PM2.5 measuring devices are only stationed at Loei and Khon Kaen.

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Poor air quality and smoke continue to dog Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai continue to suffer from a smog and haze crisis. Residents are suffering the affects of the poor air quality for the second week in a row in the northern Thai city.

A high reading of 176 has been recorded just north of the city centre but the areas all around Chiang Mai are registering high readings recorded as ‘Unhealthy’ today (midday). The readings are on the cusp of starting to cause health problems for people with long-term exposure to the polluted air.

Poor air quality and smoke continue to dog Chiang Mai | News by The ThaigerThere are controlled plantation fires as well as some local scrub fires which are contributing to the city’s woes today. Helicopters are being used to stop the burning and bring the fires under control.

Random water spraying is also being conducted in the city area to limit the effect of PM 2.5 particles in the immediate air.

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Air quality for Thailand – February 22

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Central Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

Air quality for Thailand – February 22 | News by The Thaiger

Northern Thailand

Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.

Air quality for Thailand – February 22 | News by The Thaiger

Southern Thailand

Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

Air quality for Thailand – February 22 | News by The Thaiger

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Air quality for Thailand – February 21

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Central Thailand

It is a great day to be active outside.

Air quality for Thailand – February 21 | News by The Thaiger

 

Northern Thailand

Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.

Air quality for Thailand – February 21 | News by The Thaiger

 

Southern Thailand

It is a great day to be active outside.

Air quality for Thailand – February 21 | News by The Thaiger

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