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Urgent plan to reduce PM2.5 – National Environment Board

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With the air pollutant PM2.5 rising to harmful levels in some areas of Bangkok and increasing in other cities, the National Environment Board has approved an urgent plan. Pollution Control Department chief Atthaphon Charoenchansa says the plan has 12 measures to tackle pollution. It will be submitted to the Cabinet for review.

A “pollution information centre” will be formed with a spokesperson to report on Thailand’s air quality situation and a subcommittee focused on forest fires in 17 northern provinces. The committee would act similar to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration by providing information to the public and working on solutions.

The plan also includes a smartphone application to regulate seasonal burning which contributes to Thailand’s air pollution. The application would be used to book specific times for burning.

The board is also looking into using satellite images through the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency to predict levels of dust pollution and provide alerts with a forecast.

“A 3 day advance dust forecast is the most practical tool to deal with PM2.5 by alerting people in affected areas via SMS.”

According to the Air Visuals, pollution levels are expected to rise this week to an Air Quality Index, or AQI, of 151 to 200, which is considered to be unhealthy. Air Visuals recommends closing windows at home to avoid the dirty outdoor air and to reduce outdoor exercise.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Toby Andrews

    November 4, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    One remedy. Install catalytic converters, but they will not spend the money.
    Anyway now that the citizens are all wearing face masks it does not matter as much

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      Preesy Chepuce

      November 4, 2020 at 10:36 pm

      Whatever remedy is implemented, properly maintained sensors are also needed to monitor whether any measures are working.

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      Don R

      November 6, 2020 at 12:15 am

      Surely that comment about face masks was sarcasm? Not likely to provide much protection from air pollution.

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        James

        November 14, 2020 at 12:22 pm

        Not sure the thai police have anything iike below in place – if not then it should be considered as a fine alone will not actually solve the the problem.

        The Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) has been used by police across England, Scotland and Wales since the mid-1980s.

        VDRS is used to deal with relatively minor defects, like cracked light lenses, blown bulbs, worn tyres or illegal number plates.
        VDRS covers a wide range of vehicles including trailers or caravans towed by vehicles that it covers.
        VDRS may be used alone or together with a fixed penalty notice
        VDRS gives you an opportunity to avoid prosecution by getting defects fixed and examined.
        Police use of the VDRS is voluntary.
        Under the VDRS you’ll have to get any police-noted defect fixed as soon as possible and provide suitable evidence within 14 days that you’ve done it. Without providing evidence, you’ll face the prospect of prosecution, points on your licence and a fine.

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    John

    November 4, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Every year same story and nothing ever is done. Maybe after they open the borders tourists should be asked if they want to visit a dogland where you don’t need a sunscreen, because you can’t see the sun thru the smog anyway.
    Thailand do something about it!

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    Pauli

    November 4, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Ah, it is this time of the year again!

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    James

    November 5, 2020 at 9:01 am

    A “Pollution Information Center”, a subcommittee, an app, and an SMS service to inform people what they can see already … Idiots. Just idiots.

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      thetruth

      November 5, 2020 at 9:57 am

      +1

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    Al

    November 5, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Makes you wonder how many good people are going to be once again, negatively affected by this now annual haze and pollutants? Where’s the care with regards to all of this?
    Oh and yes, this is perhaps a worthy reason to wear that diaper/nappy/muzzle on one’s face – 😉

    Priorities eh?

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    Don R

    November 6, 2020 at 12:17 am

    Hey, improving the air quality is a great idea, considering that 7 million people die every year from air pollution. If I’m not mistaken, that’s more than have died from covid…

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    Michaelamort

    November 6, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    variant3

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    Michaelamort

    November 9, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    variant5

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    Janes l

    November 13, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Every year this nonsense
    They never do anything
    And why always say this In the middle or pollution season
    Incredible nonsense!!

    Nothing is done. Ever !

    Stop saying this nonsense as you never take any action !

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Economic concerns put Bangkok’s ban on 10-wheel trucks on hold

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Officials in Bangkok have decided to delay a proposed ban on 10 wheel trucks in light of the current economic challenges affecting the transportation and industrial sectors. The proposed ban was aimed at reducing PM2.5 air pollution in the capital and was expected to come into force from December 1 – 28.

Particulates – also known as atmospheric aerosol particles, atmospheric particulate matter, particulate matter (PM), or suspended particulate matter (SPM) – are microscopic particles of solid or liquid matter suspended in the air – Wikpedia

PM2.5 refers to particulate matter (solid and liquid particles) with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres that remain suspended in the air for longer. They can be the result of burning fuel and are the primary cause of smog.

Commenting on the decision to delay the ban indefinitely, Deputy National Police chief Damrongsak Kittipraphas says the relevant authorities agreed the timing is not right.

“The police have discussed with related agencies, including the Department of Industrial Promotion, Pollution Control Department, the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Public Transport Association, and agreed to postpone the rule indefinitely. The members at the meeting were concerned that the rule could obstruct the operation of the industrial and transportation sectors that are starting to recover from the economic contraction. Therefore, the related agencies promised to study the issue thoroughly, as well as explore other options to prevent and reduce PM2.5 air pollution in Bangkok.”

However, Damrongsak says that from December 1, authorities in the capital will be clamping down on large polluting vehicles, adding that those emitting clouds of black smoke are one of the biggest contributors to air pollution.

“We will send officers to perform random checks at bus terminals and truck operation centres. The inspection will be recorded via video camera to ensure transparency of police work.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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New national haze forecast website gives 3 day forecasts at 70% accuracy rate

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Thailand is getting a new national haze forecasting website that is capable of giving a 3 day forecast at a 70% accuracy rate. The Pollution Control Department is unveiling the “Mekong Air Quality Explorer” platform, which was named after the area is was originally designed to monitor. The PCD teamed with the USAID and NASA, the latter of which has permitted the use of its data from its GEOS-5 satellite-which ranks as one of the world’s most accurate parameters for gauging atmospheric levels of PM 2.5, black carbon and nitrous oxide.

Aekkapol Aekakkarararungroj, the project chief, helped develop the new model, which came as part of ongoing efforts to capture the overall picture in the Mekong Region, which has been strongly affected by the burning season in northern Thailand.

“From now on, anyone can access the haze website to check the PM2.5 situation in advance and the department will use the information to better implement measures to limit the impact of air pollution on people’s health and the local environment.”

Aekkapol says the forecasting website will also provide detailed nationwide air quality data right down to the district level, as it has begun importing air quality and PM data from its air monitoring stations in Bangkok and surrounding areas. Additionally, it is using data from 14 other provinces nationwide.

Today, PM2.5 levels are forecasted to be moderate with a small rise to be seen tomorrow in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathum, Samut Sakhon and Nonthaburi provinces. Aekkapol says people living in these areas should expect guidance from local authorities on the best steps to take to minimise their exposure.

Thailand’s PCD Director-General Attapol Charoenchansa says that further development is underway to enable an even more precise estimates, right to the sub-districts and individual highways.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Residents express health concerns as smog engulfs Pattaya

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Pattaya residents have expressed concern over air pollution, as the eastern coastal city finds itself engulfed in smog. The Pattaya News reports that the deterioration in air quality has been ongoing for a number of days, with a cloud of haze obscuring the bay and neighbouring islands.

Residents are advised to wear masks when outside and to limit outdoor exercise, according to officials, who have so far not clarified what the cause of the pollution might be. It comes as mass sugar cane burning is taking place in farming communities around the country, an activity that has caused air pollution problems in the past. While sugar cane burning is technically illegal, residents say the law is not strongly enforced, resulting in an annual rise in air pollution levels.

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Netizens are urging the government to do more to prosecute farmers and large companies found indulging in the practice. They are also calling on sugar cane customers to reject burnt produce, in the hope it will force producers to use cleaner harvesting methods.

In the past, officials have pointed to tourist traffic, including airplanes, boats, and buses, as being a possible cause of the pollution. However, with air quality continuing to deteriorate, despite the current significant decline in air travel and tourist numbers, that hypothesis seems unlikely.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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