Environment and natural resources

Pollution and waste

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

Thousands of fire hotspots in North

A total of 2,201 hotspots were detected across the North on Tuesday, most of them in conservation forests, the Region 3 centre for prevention and mitigation of air pollution reported on Wednesday. Of the total, 1,388 hotspots were in the upper part of the region ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Bangkok's air quality reading crosses safe levels again today

As of 11am on Sunday, 35 air-quality monitoring stations reported most of Bangkok was covered in a haze of unsafe air.PM2.5 readings were between 38 and 70 micrograms per cubic metre of air (μg/m3) in most parts of the capital. PM2.5 are particles less than ...

The Nation Reporter

Over 500 fires in northern Thailand spark alarm

More than half of the 1,005 fires recorded in Thailand on Wednesday were in the North, causing dangerous levels of pollution, according to the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency.The three provinces with the highest number of fires were Chiang Mai (205), Tak (156), and ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand cuts the use of plastic bags by over 148,000 tonnes in three years

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) on Wednesday credited its campaigns among the public for the sharp reduction in the use of single-use plastic and plastic shopping bags, totalling more than 148,000 tonnes in about three years.PCD director-general Pinsak Suraswadi said the department had launched the ...

The Nation Reporter

Industry president urges long-term fix to PM2.5

The president of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is urging the government to speed up solving the Bangkok’s PM2.5 problems in the long term, fearing that if the situation remains unchanged, it affect the economy and tourism. FTI president Kriengkrai Thiennukul on Saturday said the ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

PM2.5 pollution hits unsafe levels in 19 Bangkok districts

Much of Bangkok was blanketed in hazardous smog on Tuesday morning, with monitoring stations in almost two dozen districts showing PM2.5 particles had exceeded the safe level of 50 micrograms per cubic metre.The Bangkok Air Quality Division reported that 19 of its monitors showed PM2.5 ...

U.S. supports clean air law, a solution to wild fire and haze in northern Thailand

Co-hosted by the U.S. Consulate General and USAID’s Mekong for the Future Program, the workshop, entitled “Sharing Thailand-U.S. Experiences: A Path to Cleaner Air and Healthier Communities” was to bring together key stakeholders from northern Thailand to discuss air quality challenges and best practices for ...

Renewed push to sort, recycle waste

Despite its reputation of being one of the world’s top tourist destinations, litter can literally be seen all over Bangkok.According to the Department of Environment and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) figures, the capital produces more than 8,000 tonnes of municipal waste every day.Keep reading ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Air pollution returns to Bangkok

The annual problem of air pollution has returned to Bangkok, with PM2.5 fine particle dust levels measured above the set safe level of 50 microgrammes per cubic metre at 65 spots at 7am on Wednesday.The highest level of PM2.5, 80 microgrammes per cubic metre, was ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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