pollution

  • Environment NewsUPDATE: Chief in Phuket says black water is “not from businesses”

    UPDATE: Chief in Phuket says black water is “not from businesses”

    THE LATEST After a popular Facebook page claimed this week that dirty black water at a Phuket beach is being caused by nearby businesses, an official insists it is not. The page, titled Monsoon Garbage Thailand, posted a damning video of the water flowing into the ocean at Kamala Beach. But Kamala Tambon Administrative Organisation Chief Jutha Dumlak told The Phuket…

  • Environment NewsBangkok authorities look to tackle air pollution

    Bangkok authorities look to tackle air pollution

    After unsafe levels of smog and smoke blanketed Bangkok last month, the city’s authorities are now looking to tackle Bangkok’s notorious air pollution. The deputy permanent secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has said that this year, the BMA aims to work with other government agencies to deal with the air problem. He said that the BMA’s pollution control operations…

  • Environment NewsUnsafe levels of smog and smoke blanket Bangkok – VIDEO

    Unsafe levels of smog and smoke blanket Bangkok – VIDEO

    Unsafe levels of PM2.5 ‘particulate’ cloud Bangkok and surrounding areas today. Phasi Charoen district, on the western side of the Chao Phraya, is the worst affected area, while other dangerous areas include: Phutthamonthon 1 Road in Taling Chan district, Lat Krabang Road in Lat Krabang district, Hirunrujee Road in Thon Buri district, and Charoen Nakhon Road in Khlong San district.…

  • World NewsSurvey shows no country in the world met WHO air quality criteria during 2021

    Survey shows no country in the world met WHO air quality criteria during 2021

    A survey of air pollution data in 6,475 cities shows that not a single country met the World Health Organisation’s air quality standards in 2021. According to a Reuters report, smog even returned to pre-pandemic levels in some regions, after a brief respite during Covid-19. The data was collated by Swiss firm, IQAir, a pollution technology company that monitors air…

  • Northern Thailand NewsAgency reports deteriorating air quality in Thailand’s North and Northeast

    Agency reports deteriorating air quality in Thailand’s North and Northeast

    Air quality in Thailand’s North and Northeast is deteriorating mostly due to farmers burning waste, and villagers lighting fires in forests. Thai PBS reports that the air quality “may” pose a risk to people’s health. The country’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency said that on Tuesday there were 1,060 ‘hot spots’ across Thailand. 110 of the hotspots were in…

  • Thailand NewsThick smog in Mae Hong Son causes pilot carrying acting US ambassador to detour

    Thick smog in Mae Hong Son causes pilot carrying acting US ambassador to detour

    Due to poor visibility caused by haze above Mae Hong Son airport in nothern Thailand, a private plane flying the acting US ambassador this morning cancelled a landing and returned to Chiang Mai International Airport. Smog has been a longstanding problem in northern Thailand and kicks up every year during burning season from February to April. Today, the local air…

  • Environment NewsSwimmers, beach-goers advised to avoid 3 areas of beach affected by Rayong oil spill

    Swimmers, beach-goers advised to avoid 3 areas of beach affected by Rayong oil spill

    Red flags have been placed at Rayong’s Mae Ram Phueng beach, following a recent oil spill in the eastern province, with officials advising swimmers to stay away, again. According to a Thai PBS World report, the Pollution Control Department says high levels of total petroleum hydrocarbon have been detected in the areas and people should not swim in the water…

  • Thailand NewsVolunteer teams clean trash and weeds from Phuket canal

    Volunteer teams clean trash and weeds from Phuket canal

    Two volunteer organisations are joining forces to clear garbage and weeds from the Bang Yai Canal, which runs from Samkong into Phuket Town on Phuket’s east coast. The organisations are the Royal Thai Volunteers and the Rak Bang Yai Club, who announced the cleanup plan on video teleconference yesterday. The groups say they hope to clear the “bad smells” coming…

  • Technology NewsSamsung builds phones with old fishing nets, bets you’ll pay premium prices

    Samsung builds phones with old fishing nets, bets you’ll pay premium prices

    Your next Samsung smartphone will certainly come with a hefty price tag, despite presumably less premium materials. But you can feel good about it because, who knows, you might be saving the whales. In a Sunday press release on their website, Samsung announced it has created a new material “made with repurposed ocean-bound discarded fishing nets,” which it plans to…

  • Environment NewsRayong officials say no contaminated seafood found following crude oil leak

    Rayong officials say no contaminated seafood found following crude oil leak

    Officials in the eastern province of Rayong continue to test seafood from the surrounding waters amid contamination concerns but so far, all’s good. So says Rayong’s public health chief, Dr Soonthorn Rianphoomkarnkit. Concerns were raised following a devastating oil spill on January 25 that has affected the surrounding waters. The crude oil leak, from an undersea pipeline owned by Star…

  • Environment NewsRace against time to prevent Rayong oil spill reaching the shore, 3 kilometres away

    Race against time to prevent Rayong oil spill reaching the shore, 3 kilometres away

    Officials in Rayong are pulling out all the stops to protect the eastern province’s beaches from an oil spill 3 kilometres off-shore. According to a Nation Thailand report, provincial governor Channa Iamsaeng says the crude oil is currently headed for the beaches of Mae Rampueng and Khao Laemya. Workers have placed a “beach boom”, or barrier line, in the sea,…

  • Pattaya NewsChon Buri villagers complain of air pollution from burning crops

    Chon Buri villagers complain of air pollution from burning crops

    Residents of a Chon Buri housing estate complained to local authorities that crop burning at nearby plantations has been causing not only air pollution, but ash has been falling on their cars, houses, and clothes. They say sugar cane plantations in particular were creating the ash in the air through illegal burning, causing poor air quality for the people living…

  • Environment NewsHarmful dust levels reported in Greater Bangkok – Pollution Control Department

    Harmful dust levels reported in Greater Bangkok – Pollution Control Department

    Thailand’s Pollution Control Department is warning of harmful amounts of fine particulate dust in Greater Bangkok during today and tomorrow, as well as this coming weekend. The dust has been caused by stagnant air over the city. This morning, the department stated that over the past 24 hours the level of PM 2.5, which is fine particulate matter around 2.5…

  • Environment NewsPrachuap Khiri Khan, Koh Samui beaches have the cleanest water

    Prachuap Khiri Khan, Koh Samui beaches have the cleanest water

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has just completed their 2021 Environmental Quality Audit of Thailand, and Prachuap Khiri Khan and Koh Samui dominated the list of cleanest sea water beaches. All top 5 beaches with the cleanest sea water were in the Gulf of Thailand. The best seawater was one of 4 categories assessed by the study, which…

  • Environment NewsBangkok 14th worst air quality globally, more PM2.5 next week

    Bangkok 14th worst air quality globally, more PM2.5 next week

    Not quite as pride-inducing as being ranked the number 1 city for a workation in the world or the 4th best place to live in Southeast Asia, but Bangkok has recently been listed as having the 14th worst air pollution globally on the World Air Quality Index. The dubious honour was awarded on Wednesday as Bangkok faces more days where…

  • Bangkok NewsBangkok officials to pause Skytrain construction, close schools if pollution levels rise

    Bangkok officials to pause Skytrain construction, close schools if pollution levels rise

    With levels of the air pollutant PM2.5 rising in Bangkok, city officials are considering pausing construction on the BTS Skytrain and closing schools in an effort to improve the air quality if the levels rise to unhealthy levels. Officials plan to also be more strict when it comes to enforcing laws on vehicle emissions and advising the public to carpool…

  • Environment NewsPollution Control Department sets checkpoints for black exhaust

    Pollution Control Department sets checkpoints for black exhaust

    Not only has the Pollution Control Department set up 20 checkpoints to find vehicles with black exhaust emissions on the roads going in and out of Bangkok, but they announced tighter regulations for next year as the country attempts to reduce the PM2.5 air pollution issue. Cars older than 7 years, along with trucks and diesel cars were being stopped…

  • Environment NewsControl measures set to reduce pollution in Bangkok from vehicle emissions

    Control measures set to reduce pollution in Bangkok from vehicle emissions

    To tackle the seasonal haze in Bangkok, Thai officials are coming up with ways to reduce pollution from car and truck exhaust. Road checkpoints will be set up to look out for vehicles emitting clouds of black smoke and drivers of vehicles emitting exhaust that exceeds legal limits will face a 5,000 baht fine. According to the National News Bureau…

  • Environment NewsBangkok and surrounding provinces warned to prepare for dust pollution

    Bangkok and surrounding provinces warned to prepare for dust pollution

    Now’s a good time to shore up your collection of PM2.5 masks and make sure your air purifier is running smoothly, with dust pollution forecast to hit Bangkok and its surrounding provinces from the end of October. According to a Thai PBS World report, weather conditions – namely the arrival of high atmospheric pressure – will be ripe for the…

  • Phuket NewsReturn of the tar balls on Phuket’s northern beaches

    Return of the tar balls on Phuket’s northern beaches

    The tar balls are back. During a scheduled beach clean yesterday along Phuket’s north-coast Nai Yang Beach, volunteers noticed the return of the mysterious tar balls that were washing up along the coast in the weeks before Phuket’s Sandbox started on July 1. Michelle from Sustainable Mai Khao Foundation contacted The Thaiger this morning with the news of the return…

  • Crime NewsSamut Prakan facility to burn about 28,000 kilograms of drugs today

    Samut Prakan facility to burn about 28,000 kilograms of drugs today

    A large quantity of illicit drugs, which have been stored in an Food and Drug Administration warehouse for evidentiary purposes, are being burned today. The thousands of kilograms of drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and ecstasy, are said to have a street value of more than 29 million baht. A court order gave the go-ahead to destroy the drugs in Samut…

  • Environment NewsTurtle full of plastic waste being treated in Phuket

    Turtle full of plastic waste being treated in Phuket

    An alarming sign of pollution was found in a young green turtle rescued from a Phuket beach last month and found to have over 150 pieces of garbage and plastic clogging its stomach and intestines. The turtle was first found on Kata Beach in Phuket on July 23rd looking weak and sick. The sea turtle was taken in by veterinarians…

  • Environment NewsEnvironmental groups urge government to ban the import of plastic waste

    Environmental groups urge government to ban the import of plastic waste

    The Thai government is being urged to push ahead with a ban on importing plastic waste, instead promoting the recycling of domestic plastic waste. Over 100 environmental groups say this is essential to protecting the environment, as well as creating a circular economy. According to a Bangkok Post report, 107 groups have released a joint statement calling for a ban…

  • Thailand NewsMore than 80,000 people affected by chemical factory fire in Samut Prakan

    More than 80,000 people affected by chemical factory fire in Samut Prakan

    The massive fire at the chemical factory on the outskirts of Bangkok, billowing toxic gas into the air, affected around 80,000 people. An explosion at the Ming Dih Chemical polystyrene factory in Samut Prakan, just outside the capital, led to a chemical fire that took more than 25 hours to put out. Those in Bangkok could see the smoke. A…

  • World NewsBangkok fiddles whilst Chiang Mai burns – who’s behind the annual smoke season?

    Bangkok fiddles whilst Chiang Mai burns – who’s behind the annual smoke season?

    OPINION In the December 2020 outbreak of Covid in the seafood markets along the coast of Samut Sakhon Burmese migrant workers, many of them entering Thailand illegally, bore the brunt of the blame. The Thai media reported widely that it was the fault of the illegal migrants. But the source of the migrants, trafficking gangs working for larger corporations to…

  • Environment NewsChiang Mai’s air pollution sends over 30,000 to hospital, ranked worst in world today

    Chiang Mai’s air pollution sends over 30,000 to hospital, ranked worst in world today

    Air pollution in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, is allegedly responsible for over 30,000 people visiting the hospital seeking treatment for respiratory illnesses. The city, known for its burning season, that blankets the air with smoke, has recently taken the top spot of having the worst air quality in the world. The IQ AirVisual air monitoring website listed Chiang Mai…

  • Thailand NewsThailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

    Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

    Thai Airways has submitted a rehabilitation plan in accordance with a Central Bankruptcy Court order after the the receiver’s appointment last September. The airline’s acting president says the rehabilitation plans aim to fully restructure and help the national flag carrier to regain profits. The company has revealed its planned recovery to the media and says the savings and new profit…

  • Transport NewsThailand aims for 30% electric vehicle production by 2030

    Thailand aims for 30% electric vehicle production by 2030

    By 2030, Thailand aims to have 30% of car production to be electric vehicles in an effort to minimise air pollution as the air quality in a number of provinces in Thailand, especially Bangkok and Chiang Mai, has been at levels classified as unhealthy and even hazardous in reports by IQAir. Electric vehicles would include cars, motorbikes and buses. Industry…

  • Environment NewsAir pollution in Bangkok expected to get worse due to “cold spell”

    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…

  • Thailand NewsTower of Babble, commenting about your comments – Tuesday, January 19 | VIDEO

    Tower of Babble, commenting about your comments – Tuesday, January 19 | VIDEO

    Tower of Babble is where we read some of your comments made on The Thaiger YouTube videos, as well as our website thethaiger.com and Facebook page. Some are insightful, some are interesting, some need to be shared! And some are just plain funny. If you leave a comment under any of our videos it may be shared on our Tower…