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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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