Environment and natural resources

Pollution and waste

Experts call for uniform air quality indicator in Asean ahead of transboundary talks in S’pore

The need for a common indicator to track air quality in South-east Asia has become more urgent, with drier weather conditions and the likelihood of the warmer El Nino weather phenomenon developing in the coming months.This call from experts comes as Singapore is set to ...

Five ASEAN countries to discuss transboundary haze in Singapore

Representatives of five ASEAN member states – Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand – plan to gather in Singapore from June 7-8 to discuss transboundary haze.It will be the 24th meeting since the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution was signed in 2002.Malaysian Minister of ...

Thailand air pollution leads millions to seek medical help

About 2.4 million people in Thailand have sought hospital treatment for medical problems linked to air pollution since the start of the year, health officials said, as toxic smog chokes parts of the country.Bangkok and the northern city of Chiang Mai were among the most ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thailand’s new space laboratory joins battle against PM2.5 smog

Thailand is deploying its new space laboratory to combat seasonal PM2.5 haze that has sent the Kingdom soaring to the top of the world pollution rankings for the last few weeks.On Tuesday, Chiang Mai was again listed as the world’s most polluted city by the ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand Seeks Help From Myanmar, Laos to Tackle Haze, Hotspots

Thailand urged leaders of Myanmar and Laos to take urgent steps to tackle hotspots that’s worsened air pollution in some of the Southeast Asian nation’s popular tourist destinations. Thai premier Prayuth Chan-Ocha held a virtual meeting with Laos Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone and Myanmar junta leader ...

Pathom Sangwongwanich

Thailand: Chiang Mai suffers from serious fine-dust pollution

Government agencies in Thailand’s Chiang Mai were ordered to let staff work from home to protect their health as levels of PM2.5 smog surged to almost unprecedented levels.Local residents have been requested to limit going outdoors amidst hazardous levels of air pollution.On April 7 morning, ...

Waste plants cause stink

Rather than protecting the environment and people from garbage pollution, the government plans to tackle overflowing waste by promoting small localised waste-to-energy projects. This could bring about even greater environmental adversity and haze pollution, environmentalists say.Keep reading ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thailand issues warnings after smog blankets major cities

Thai authorities have urged children and pregnant women to stay indoors and people to wear masks outside, as toxic smog covers vast areas of the country, leading more than one million people to seek medical attention, officials said. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha begged farmers to stop ...

Air pollution has made over 1.3 million Thais sick this year

More than 1.32 million Thai people have reported sick in 2023 due to PM2.5 pollution, the Disease Control Department (DCD) said.A total of 1,325,838 patients suffered from air pollution-related diseases during the first five days of January, department director-general Dr Opas Karnkawinpong said.“The PM2.5 [particulate ...

The Nation Reporter

Solutions sought as North ravaged by toxic PM2.5

The National Environment Board (NEB) will beef up preventive measures against PM2.5 ultrafine dust after 17 northern provinces have seen smog pollution hit crisis levels.Siwaporn Rungsiyanon, a spokeswoman of the Centre for Air Pollution Mitigation (CAPM), said the 17 provinces have been seeing PM2.5 levels ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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