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51 Day Burning Ban From March 1st Announced to Combat Growing Smoke Problem

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51 Day Burning Ban From March 1st Announced to Combat Growing Smoke Problem

by CityNews

 

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CityNews – This year’s no-burning period has been set at 51 days between March 1st and April 20th this year to combat the amount of smog created by agricultural burning that occurs this time every year.

 

According to the government’s latest reports, the PM10 AQI in Chiang Mai measurements read between 35 and 103 micro-grams per cubic metre, below the government’s maximum safe level of 120. Many local air quality readers also measure PM2.5 levels that have produced results of up to 170 on the AQI index.

 

In an attempt to reduce the amount of smoke and smog pollution in Chiang Mai, the local government have announced a 51 day no-burning period where burning in an open air space will be illegal.

 

Last year, Chiang Mai Governor Prawin Chamniprasart led a 60-day blanket ban on all burning from February 20 to April 20. This year the ban will be dealt with independently by each district chief officer and is nine days shorter than 2017.

 

Full Story: http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/news/51-day-burning-ban-march-1st-announced-combat-growing-smoke-problem/

 
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The next 21 days are going to be hell if that is all the time left to burn everything that needs to be burnt.

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Right.  If past history is any indication, the ban will not be enforced. 

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yes, and i heard not wearing a helmet is illegal also.

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The PM 2.5 levels have been way above 100 for a few days now ☹️

 

They announce a ban weeks in advance , so the burning is now spread over 3 months instead of 1. I feel very sorry for the majority of people who do not have air purifiers in their homes. 

 

My daughters school ( international ) has already got their air purifiers out of storage and put them in the classrooms  and don’t allow the children to play outside when the air quality is so poor.   

 

I hope the local schools also do this, but probably not ☹️

 

Very sad that the people in charge don’t seem to care about the long term health implications. It’s the one thing that may cause us to leave here one day ?

 

 

 

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Chiang Rai has lengthened the ban this year to 67 days. Why would Chiang Mai shorten it?

People up here are in a dash to get the burning done this week.

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Around where I live last years ban was very effective, almost everyone abided by it and I was surprised - baby steps and we'll get there.

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2 minutes ago, terminatorchiangmai said:

Should be banned all year round  !

Yes, and all the rural farmers should be made to buy mulching equipment and tractors to plough under their farmland, that land that is too steep to plough can be done by helicopter ploughs. And smoke that's blown in from across the border, we could build a Trump style wall perhaps, just to keep it out!

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13 hours ago, heybruce said:

Right.  If past history is any indication, the ban will not be enforced. 

But GAWD HELP YOU if you are throwing darts in a bar - BiB are ON to you!

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SURE, that will stop the problem...

You would have to be out of your cotton picking mind to visit this country, Malaysia, Indonesia during the burning season. 

Malaysia and Indonesia are a health hazard worse than I have ever experienced in my life.

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So what do you suggest the farmers do, how do hill farmers and subsistence farmers clear the ground to plant the next crop?

 

And:

 

if Thailand cracked the burning problem and farmers stopped burning, what are we going to do when we find out that has hardly changed the air quality since much of the pollution is blown in across the border?

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