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Air pollution hit “unsafe” levels in 19 provinces across Thailand this morning with levels of the ultra-fine dust PM 2.5 exceeding the official safety limit 50 micrograms per cubic metre, according to the Pollution Control Department.

Those areas include: Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Lampang, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Kamphaeng Phet, Pichit, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Lopburi, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi, Chachoengsao, Ratchaburi, Chon Buri, and Rayong.

The department also reported PM2.5 levels in different regions across the country…

  • North: 17 to 68 μg/m3
  • Northeast: 16 to 38 μg/m3.
  • Central region and West: 42 to 62 μg/m3
  • East: 47 to 65 μg/m3.
  • South: 11 to 29 μg/m3.
  • Bangkok and its vicinity: 39 to 80 μg/m3

Poor air quality can be harmful to the elders, children, and patients with respiratory diseases, so they are recommended to monitor their health conditions and avoid outdoor activities as much as possible.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Anthony

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    The Thaiger has already done great work to educate Thailand about the real cause of PM2.5 problems in Thailand. I would add to it this informative video that explains the science of PM2.5 and uses an evidence-based approach to pin point the cause of PM2.5 in Thailand. Perhaps The Thaiger would be willing to share it:

    PM2.5 in Thailand Explained | The role of pre-harvest sugarcane burning in air pollution
    youtu.be/18bTj0P56kM

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    Mel Burn

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Interesting. Feb 4, 2021, Updated on Thursday 1:00 Bangkok PM2.5 is around 150.

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      James Pate

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:03 am

      Yeah. I have 2 different apps on my phone and sometimes the numbers vary widely. I usually go with the one that has a sensor closest to my home, which I rarely leave these days.

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    Terry

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Why the Health Minister doesn’t do something about it is beyond my understanding as he seems to be too passive and doesn’t know what to do at all. Instead, it seems like it is ok to burn the fields and letting cars puke out black fumes and poison the people. Spraying water in the ear is the dumbest solution I have ever heard about…DO SOMETHING THAT HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT!

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Thai as a race haven’t much idea of solving any problem.
    Basically they are still peasant farmers, fishermen, traders with stalls.
    I’m always surprised they are not wearing their trousers back to front.

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      Jeff

      Monday, February 8, 2021 at 4:35 pm

      Thai isn’t a race, it is a nationality. Thais are mostly part of the Asian race.

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    Sierra

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:12 am

    It seems the Junta is happy to let the population of Thailand mire in the worlds worst air pollution. It seems this is being done to save megacorps a few baht with Crop Burning. This short sighted view is quite amazing. Whats more amazing is that the children of the Junta (those still in Thailand) must endure this too. They will have underdeveloped lungs. Underdeveloped brains. Higher risks of cancer, asthma etc.. Quite incredible that anyone would allow this for a few cheap baht.

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    dispensed

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Selfish Asians. “But… I need muh scooter to go to 7.11!”

    Why don’t they ride bikes? Given the population density and prevalence of mass transit in East Asia, there’s not really much justification for so many cars and scooters, and certainly not if millions of people are dying!

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Chiang Mai 3rd most polluted city in world in yesterday’s air quality ratings

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Chiang Mai ranked as the 3rd most polluted city in the world yesterday, according to AirVisual, following Lahor in Pakistan and New Delhi in India. The northern Thai city’s was recorded to have an average PM2.5 dust level higher than 200.

All 4 air quality monitoring stations in the municipal area reported the PM as exceeding the safe level, with the deputy chief of an air pollution command citing some 928 hotspots detected across the nation’s 17 northern provinces.

In Tak province, its PM2.5 and PM10 ratings exceeded the safe level for 4 consecutive days, affecting people’s health and road visibility. Mae Sot district yesterday saw the PM 2.5 and PM10 measured at 114 and 171 µg/m3 with people being advised to avoid all outdoor activities and stay away from areas with high air pollution.

The governor of Tak says the province has initiated measures to prevent forest fires and to prohibit the burning of old crops for 2 months starting from March 1. Those who are caught burning or carrying hunting equipment will be charged by forest patrol officers.

The Department of Health Director-General says tropical storms in the northern part of Thailand would help reduce the PM2.5 in Bangkok, the Central Plains, the East and the lower North over the next few days. But some areas in the north, northeast and central plains may see more pollution due to burning in the country and smoke from neighbouring countries.

The Director advised people to protect themselves by wearing a face mask when going outside and follow air pollution news on the official website of the Department of Pollution Control.

According to IQAir, Chiang Mai’s air quality index is at 176, with the PM2.5 measured at 103.9 µg/m³, sitting at unhealthy levels.

Meanwhile, the PM2.5 air pollution was behind approximately 160,000 deaths in the world’s 5 most populous cities in 2020, according to a Greenpeace Southeast Asia analysis of IQAir data from a live Cost Estimator.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Driver says thick smog led to 3-vehicle pileup in Chon Buri

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A driver in a serious 3-vehicle pileup in Chon Buri blames the thick smog for the accident, saying it limited visibility. Two people were injured in the accident, including a 30 year old man who was stuck inside his sedan and rescuers used the “jaws of life” hydraulic tool to remove him from the vehicle.

Another 39 year old man was found lying on the road and his 150cc motorcycle was nearly. Police say he had minor injuries. A 31 year old trailer truck driver told police that the haze from the air pollution made it hard to see.

“I was about to make a U-turn and I was quite positive that there were no vehicles behind me but it was difficult to see due to the low visibility in the air.”

A car driving at a high speed crashed into the truck as the driver was preparing to make a U-turn. The motorcyclist then crashed into the car.

Chon Buri’s air quality has reached “unhealthy” levels over the past week with the amount of the ultra-fine dust pollutant PM2.5 exceeding limits classified as safe, according to IQAir.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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600 factories ordered to monitor emissions to help reduce air pollution

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To reduce air pollution, hundreds of factories across Thailand are ordered to monitor their emissions. Air quality in Bangkok has reached unhealthy to even hazardous levels in recent weeks due to the excessive levels of the ultra-fine dust PM2.5, according to IQ Air.

Under the new regulations set by the Industry Ministry, factories that are most likely to emit PM2.5 dust are ordered to install continuous emission monitoring systems, or CEMS, that will closely monitor emissions 24/7. Around 600 factories, mostly steel and stone mills as well as factories in petroleum industries, are under the order. The factories that don’t properly monitor their gas emissions fine of up to 200,000 baht.

Currently, 74 factories in Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, and Chonburi as well as 5 in the industrial estates in Eastern Thailand already have the CEMS. The government is expected to have more factories installed with the CEMS to better cope with the air pollution problem.

Air quality in most parts of Bangkok is expected to drop on Monday because the changing wind patterns this week will likely trap dust particles over the city.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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