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    Add any news articles or discussion regarding the current pollution problem in Bangkok to this thread!

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    Last edited by news junkie; 01-28-2019, 05:17 AM.


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          Bad air over greater Bangkok

          The Pollution Control Department reported unsafe smog levels in greater Bangkok on Wednesday morning, but the air in other regions was at good to very good quality.

          Particulate matter 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter exceeded the government's safe threshold of 50 microgrammes per cubic metre of air over the past 24 hours in most areas of Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, the department reported at 7am.

          PM2.5 was at 26-98 mcg/cm over greater Bangkok.

          In the capital, PM2.5 peaked at 98 on Ma Charoen Road in Nong Khaem district, followed by 87 on Klong Thawi Wattana Road in Thawi Wattana district and 76 in Bang Kae district.

          Elsewhere, PM2.5 levels averaged 12-46 in the North, 8-22 in the Northeast, 16-50 in the Central Plains and the West, 13-22 in the East and 3-26 in the South, according to the PollutionControl Department.:

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            Govt mulls pollution crackdown

            Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered government agencies to take decisive action to fight the air pollution that has plagued Bangkok and its surrounding provinces in recent days.

            The PM said the government had continuously implemented measures against the surging PM2.5 levels but the problem had deteriorated due to the current weather.

            He urged commuters to use public transport as much as possible and said the government would consider introducing alternate-day private travel only in the capital.

            The government's focus was on suppressing black emissions and the use of vehicles whose licences had expired, he said.

            As for agricultural burning, one of the main causes of the PM2.5 crisis, Gen Prayut said the problem lay with farmers lacking the proper equipment for non-burning waste disposal.

            The government would inform a sub-regional committee of the current air pollution problem in Thailand since the sub-region's climate was inter-connected, he said.

            Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has instructed the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to work with the Interior Ministry, the Transport Ministry, the Industry Ministry, police, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Public Health Ministry to implement agreed measures, enforce the law vigorously and continuously tackle the worsening air pollution.

            Gen Prawit has instructed the Interior Ministry to take action against outdoor burning by farmers and work with the Industry Ministry to inspect pollution emissions at industrial plants, said his spokesman, Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich.

            Traffic police in Bangkok have been told to set up checkpoints on roads in congested areas to check vehicles emitting black fumes, Lt Gen Kongcheep said.

            Meanwhile, Bangkok governor Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang said the BMA had asked the Highways Department to continuously wash roads in an effort to reduce excessive PM2.5 levels in many areas across the city.

            The BMA has told all 437 schools under its jurisdiction to skip outdoor morning assembly and large construction projects have also been ordered to stop for the next two to three, the governor said.

            The BMA's urgent measures to tackle the ongoing air pollution include spraying water to wash away tree leaves and along roads, as well as cleaning public property such as bus stops, postboxes and pedestrian bridges.

            Construction site companies are being urged to spray water into the air to prevent dust from spreading and City Hall has begun spraying water in the capital's streets.

            People working outdoors are being strongly advised to wear masks.

            BMA spokesman Pol Capt Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said Bangkok's district authorities and police are working together to vigorously enforce the law to prevent pollution spreading in the city after PM2.5 levels rose to an average of 74.6mcg/cm from 60mcg/cm on Dec 14.

            The safe level in Thailand is 50mcg/cm, higher than most countries. Bangkok and surrounding provinces had excessive PM2.5 levels in 66 districts on Tuesday.

            The safe AQI threshold is 100, and 190 is in the range of unsafe for health.

            Pol Capt Pongsakorn warned that the smog would probably prevail in Bangkok for another two months.

            At construction sites, the BMA is only allowing work that does not create dust particles, such as interior decoration and painting, and is even considering whether to close schools temporarily.

            The Pollution Control Department on Tuesday reported Bangkok's highest PM2.5 level of 118mcg/cm on Din Daeng Road in Din Daeng district, followed by 102 on Charoen Nakhon Road in Klong San district, 100 on Ma Charoen Road in Nong Khaem district, 94 on Srinakarin Road in Prawet district and Tha Phra intersection in Bangkok Yai district, and 93 on Sam Sen Road in Phra Nakhon district.

            The department also said air pollution in Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Samut Sakhon and Pathum Thani has worsened due to PM 2.5 dust particles.

            Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa said he had asked the Agricultural and Cooperatives Ministry to prohibit agricultural burning for the next three days in Bangkok and surrounding areas.:

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              Govt tackling air pollution 'at its source'

              State agencies are working hard to tackle pollutants at their sources before the New Year, in a bid to reduce the fine dust pollution affecting large cities across the country, said the Centre for Air Pollution Mitigation (CAPM).

              The centre, which is under the supervision of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, is coordinating with relevant agencies to control the sources of pollution, CAPM's spokesman, Siwat Pongpiajan, said on Thursday.

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              According to air quality surveys, the haze was generally within an acceptable level, except in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Nong Khai, Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima, where the PM2.5 index exceeded the "safe" range set by the government.

              The Pollution Control Department considers PM2.5 readings of above 50 microgrammes per cubic metre (µg/m³) as unhealthy.

              Mr Siwat said government agencies, including the Royal Thai Police, Department of Land Transport, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, along with the Interior, Agriculture, Transport and Industry ministries, are implementing strict measures to control pollution at its source.

              For example, the Department of Land Transport has issued a temporary ban on the use of vehicles which belch black smoke, ordering vehicle owners to rectify the problem before the ban is lifted.

              In addition, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged state employees to work from home where possible before the four-day New Year long weekend, which starts next Thursday.:

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              • #8
                I have been told the pollution testing if someone wants to bring their vehicle into Thailand are quite onerous, yet locally they allow some of the most polluting vehicles (including their own buses) on the planet.


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                  I’m not sure if the “news junkie” was aware of AQI when he started this thread.

                  Bangkok Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI):
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                    Thai farmers to be told to stop burning farm waste or face legal action

                    All provincial governors in Thailand have been told to stop the burning of agricultural waste in their provinces. The burning is being blamed for the current air pollution in Bangkok and its suburbs, and in several northern and central provinces.

                    The accumulation of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere, mainly caused by outdoor burning of waste, especially on farms, combined with poor air circulation, has been posing a health risk for the past several days, said Lt-Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich, a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

                    He said the poor air quality has prompted General Prawit to order all provincial governors to send teams to warn farmers to stop the burning or face prosecution.

                    Meanwhile, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Woravuth Silpa-archa has ordered officials of the Pollution Control Department to coordinate with those from the Interior Ministry and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to intensify efforts to reduce emissions of PM2.5 dust fromvehicles and factories.

                    PM Office Permanent Secretary Thirapat Prayoonsit said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants officials to enforce the law against the air polluters strictly, including diesel-fueled trucks.

                    Thiraphat went to an air quality checkpoint near Rim Khlong Thawee Wattana station today, to observe officials performing their duty. It was discovered that the area was congested with traffic, which is blamed for the air pollution in the area.

                    The Pollution Control Department reported that all of Bangkok and its suburbs were found to have excessive amounts of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere, ranging from 61-122 microns. The safety level is 50 microns.:

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                      Poor air quality in 68 areas of Bangkok and its suburbs on Thursday morning

                      People in most areas of Bangkok and its suburbs are having to deal with excessive amounts of PM2.5 dust on Thursday morning, but the pollution levels are expected to improve throughout rest of the day as wind strength increases, according to the Meteorological Department.

                      Mr. Somkuan Tanjarn, director of the weather forecast division, said today that morning fog and excess amounts of PM2.5, compounded by poor air circulation and increased humidity flowing up from the Gulf of Thailand, made Bangkok appearhazy this morning, but he said that, as the wind is expected to gain strength this afternoon, the sky over Bangkok will become clearer and airborne dust will reduce.

                      Bangkok and some parts of the northern, northeastern and central regions may experience slight up to moderate rainfallfrom Sunday through Tuesday as westerly airflow from Myanmar is expected, said Mr. Somkuan.

                      Only four areas of Bangkok have less than 50-microns of PM2.5 in the atmosphere. They include Phyathai sub-district in Phyathai district, Plabpla sub-district of Wang Thong Lang district, Khlong Chan sub-district in Bang Kapi district and Bang Pood sub-district in Pakkred district of Nonthaburi.:

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                      • #12
                        Middle of the night on April 8th, 2021 - Bangkok Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI):

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                        • #13
                          Burning season should be starting soon.

                          Warning of excessive PM2.5 dust in and around Bangkok on December 15th-18th

                          People living in Bangkok and its surroundings have been advised that accumulated PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere will exceed safety levels from Wednesday through Saturday of next week.

                          Atthaphol Charoenchansa, director-general of the Pollution Control Department, said air quality across the country, including Bangkok, remained well within the safety standard of 50 microns since measurements were taken at 7am this morning.

                          The readings today were:

                          15-39 microns in the northern region
                          11-28 microns in the north-eastern region
                          12-38 microns in the central and western regions
                          14-25 microns in the eastern provinces
                          8-19 microns in southern provinces
                          21-47 microns in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces.

                          Provinces with the best air quality yesterday were Lampang, Chiang Mai, Phetchabun, Roi-et Mukdahan, Buri Ram, Lop Buri, Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri, Rayong, Chon Buri, Trat, Yala, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phuket.

                          Atthaphol said, however, that PM2.5 dust has been accumulating in the atmosphere over Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani and is expected to exceed safety levels by Wednesday.

                          He asked motorists in these provinces to reduce the use of their private cars and advised people in these areas to protect their health, refrain from outdoor activities and to wear face masks all the time when they are outdoors.:

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