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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

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

MNRE launches campaign against farm burn-offs

In an effort to reduce forest fires and smog, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has launched a campaign to discourage farm burning, with targets to reduce hotspots by 20% and manage 1,000 tons of combustibles in forest areas.The Ministry of Natural Resources ...

NNT Reporters

Thailand enforces strict laws to reduce smog in Bangkok and big cities

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has ordered relevant organizations to enforce laws strictly to reduce smog and ask operators and people to cooperate.Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanit, spokesman of the deputy prime minister, said the order responded to the high levels of particulate matters 2.5 microns ...

Report claims air pollution “kills thousands”, costs billions annually

“In mere months, major cities around the world have lost tens of thousands of lives and well into the tens of billions of dollars in economic productivity.”New data released by environmental groups makes claims that air pollution in Bangkok alone has caused some 6,800 deaths ...

Smog returns to southern provinces from Indonesian fires

Smog caused by fires in Indonesia reached the southern provinces of Songkhla, Satun, Narathiwat and Yala on Sunday.Thananchai Suwansuk, head of environment office of region six, said that 19 hotspots had been detected in Sumatra Island of Indonesia on Sunday, up from 12 spots on ...

The Nation Reporter

Air quality in North still 'critical'

Air pollution across the upper North remains at critical levels with authorities monitoring almost 400 active hotspots in Chiang Mai alone on Sunday. The air quality did not improve on Monday morning, with IQAir recording “very unhealthy” air quality and hazardous, ultra-fine PM2.5 dust levels ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Smog continues to blanket the North

Severe smog was recorded at air quality monitoring stations in five upper northern provinces on Tuesday, the Department of Pollution Control (DPC) reported.The department reported that severe PM2.5 pollution was detected by eight air quality monitoring stations in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phayao, Mae Hong ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Smog again covers Bangkok

Unhealthy smog blanketed most of greater Bangkok on Thursday morning, blamed on traffic congestion and stagnant air, the Pollution Control Department reported.Of the 58 air quality stations, 50 reported unsafe levels of particulate matter 2.5 micrometres and less in diameter (PM2.5) in Bangkok and adjacent ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

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