Pollution and waste

Air pollution

Blitz on smoky cars to curb PM2.5 smog

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) aims to reduce PM2.5 air pollution by 25% by imposing the maximum punishment under the traffic law on any driver whose vehicle produces black smoke caused by poor maintenance.According to PCD chief Attaporn Charoenchansa, the department has been closely working ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

Higher PM2.5 levels may return from late October, could exceed health standard in Jan, Feb

The Pollution Control Department said the PM2.5 dust situation is presently at the standard level of 5-27 mcg/cu across Thailand.The department said that until the end of October, the overall situation is expected to be “good” due to a general air buoyancy ceiling and increasing ...

The Nation Reporter

Fixing Thailand's killer air pollution

Air pollution is a persistent, deadly problem in Thailand. Time after time we watched as thick white smog rolled through the maze of roads to settle among buildings. We knew something was very wrong. After all, clean air should not be visible.We have been living ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Phayao gets North’s first air-purification tower to combat PM2.5 smog

The city of Phayao has erected Thailand’s third “Fahsai” (Clear Sky) air purification tower to combat seasonal smog conditions that are among the worst in the North.Rising more than 5 metres into the air, the Fahsai 2 at Phayao is designed to help alleviate PM2.5 ...

The Nation Reporter

Fight the PM2.5 war for clean air now

The annual toxic haze season in over, and now that the public has into forgotten about it, there’s another health hazard — known as Covid-19 — to worry about.The pandemic is expected to begin petering out months (or at worst, a year) after the world ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Cabinet okays THB6-billion subsidy to further reduce burning of sugarcane fields

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a THB6.056 billion subsidy for sugarcane farmers who cut fresh cane for sugar factories instead of burning them, in a bid to reduce air pollution caused by the burning of plantations, deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek said.The move was proposed ...

The Nation Reporter

PM slammed over clean air bill decision

The main opposition Pheu Thai Party has accused Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of preventing MPs discussing a clean air bill in parliament by having it declared finance-related legislation.Wattanarak Amnansoradet, chairman of Pheu Thai’s environment and natural resources committee, said it was a pity that Gen ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Report attributes 32,000 premature deaths in Thailand to air pollution

According to the State of Global Air 2020 Report, around 32,000 premature deaths in Thailand, back in 2019, have been attributed to air pollution. The report cites the PM2.5 pollution particles as the main culprit as particles in that size range are the most likely ...

Northern Thailand Hit with Dangerous Levels of PM2.5 Dust Particles

Northern Thailand, especially Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, are suffering from extremely poor air quality conditions. Both northern provinces were found to have PM2.5 dust particle levels which exceed the 50-micron safety standard, with Wiang Pang Kham sub-district in Chiang Rai recording 247 microns.The Pollution ...

Don't take toxic air problem lightly

If April is the month of Songkran, surely March is known for its pollution, especially in Northern Thailand, at its peak. With burning season in full swing, air quality readings in cities like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Pai have become rather unsettling — yet ...

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