Government to Help Farmers Tackle Air Pollution

Cristina Cross
January 16, 2019

She would be the first person in Britain to have her death legally linked to air pollution as charities and pressure groups bid to raise awareness of the impact poor air quality has on health.

He said Bangkok's PM2.5 levels recently peaked at 102 microgrammes per cubic metre and on Monday was sitting under 90.

The Pollution Control Department told reporters that the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation expects the rainmaking to be done tomorrow, but it depends on wind and humidity levels.

The environment group Greenpeace said Bangkok was now the 10th most polluted in the world, rivalling some cities in China.

Almost a week since the PM2.5 level in Bangkok rose significantly, forming a thick layer of smog over the city, the air in Bangkok yesterday remained severely polluted.

The China-based air-pollution monitoring site aqicn.org reported that the PM2.5 AQI in Bangkok on Sunday reached a peak of 195, an unhealthy level, while some areas such as Bang Khen district were at hazardous levels, with PM2.5 AQI at 394 on Sunday morning.

Health experts say the pollution is a "silent killer", which at current levels is extremely harmful to anyone stepping outside.

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Amid worries that prolonged exposure to a cloud of PM2.5 (airborne dust particles 2.5 microns in diameter or less) will lead to a spike in health conditions and diseases in the long run, Rungsrit Kanjanavanit, a medical lecturer at Chiang Mai University, urged relevant agencies to tackle air pollution at its root.

But Greenpeace's Thailand director Tara Buakamsri said immediate action should be taken by the authorities, such as reducing the number of cars and closing schools in high-risk areas.

Local authorities are cleaning the busiest roads with gallons of water and will spray water over the sky of greater Bangkok to try producing artificial rain.

The Thaiger publishes national air quality readings daily.

However, the Pollution Department played down the dangers of the persistent haze.

The most polluting log burners will be banned within three years while coal could be outlawed under the Government's new air pollution strategy.

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