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Air pollution alert for Friday

By The Nation

 

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Air pollution is expected to get worse in Bangkok on Friday following a slight improvement in weather conditions on Thursday.

 

Fewer locations reported fine particle dust higher than safe levels on Thursday, while the Thai Meteorological Department issued a warning about a high pressure area hovering over Laos and Thai Northeast that will cause a temperature drop by 1-3 degrees Celsius in Greater Bangkok on Friday.

 

The Pollution Control Department (PCD), meanwhile, reported that 16 roadside areas and nine general areas (away from main roads) of Greater Bangkok had unsafe levels of particulates smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in the air. The safe limit is 50 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre of air. 

 

In Bangkok, a roadside area on Paholyothin Road in Chatuchak district, another spot in front of Kasetsart University in Bang Khen district, and another area near the Thanon Tok Intersection in Bang Kho Laem district each reported an unsafe level of 62 micrograms.

 

The PCD also reported that the air quality on Friday would be "moderate" and cited the weather bureau as saying there would be no rain in the capital city and five surrounding provinces.

 

In the wake of air pollution, various agencies have this week implemented dust-reducing measures such as the suspension of construction work January 16-22 for the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand's Orange, Yellow and Pink electric rail lines. 

 

Bangkok Mass Transit Authority checked vehicles and weeded out exhaust-spewing buses from roads, while traffic police nearly doubled checkpoints from the previous 12 to be 20 to seize exhaust-spewing vehicles. 

 

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration sent workers to clean and spray water at risky spots daily.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30362423

 
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5 minutes ago, MaxLee said:

As always conflicting reports, same days bad, sometimes good and "yeah I don't know", "IH UUUH AAAHH don't worry...", Mai pen rai.... 

Pollution levels fluctuate at the same location, often from hour-to-hour, due to changes in wind and other weather conditions - and, of course, changes in traffic density.

 

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1 hour ago, mommysboy said:

Surely not- say lie, speak new- the powers that be have it all under control with their cloud seeding.

So showering the dense population of the city of Bangkok with silver iodine which has been rated as a hazardous chemical is a good idea. Harmful not only to humans but to livestock and fish.

Even mild toxicity absorption via nose, lungs and skin can cause gastro irritation, renal and pulmonary lesions, and mild blue or black discoloration of the skin. 

No worries folks the caring junta has your welfare at heart. If the smog doesn't get you the cloud seeding will.

 

 

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Still air, higher particulates predicted for today

By The Nation

 

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A trains runs through along a track as bad air pollution continues to affect Bangkok yesterday. // EPA-EFE PHOTO

 

POLLUTION is expected to get worse in Bangkok today following slight improvements in weather conditions yesterday.

 

Fewer locations reported fine particle dust beyond safe levels yesterday, while the Meteorological Department issued a warning about a high-pressure area hovering over Laos and the Northeast that will bring temperatures down by 1 to 3 degrees Celsius in greater Bangkok today. 

 

According to the department’s director-general Phuwiang Prakhammin, there will be a slight dip in temperatures from yesterday to Saturday thanks to the high-pressure area. However, once the cooler air mass withdraws, still air will hover over greater Bangkok and it will combine with fog. The level of fine particle dust may peak on Sunday.

 

Though the air may be less toxic because rain on Tuesday and Wednesday washed away some of the dust. 

 

The Pollution Control Department (PCD), meanwhile, reported that 16 roadside areas and nine general areas (away from main roads) in greater Bangkok still had unsafe levels of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in the air. The safe limit is 50 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre of air. 

 

In Bangkok, roadside areas on Phaholyothin Road in Chatuchak district, a spot in front of Kasetsart University in Bang Khen district and the area near the Thanon Tok intersection in Bang Kho Laem district each reported an unsafe level of 62 micrograms.

 

The PCD also reported that the quality of air today will be “moderate” and cited the weather bureau as saying there will be no rain in the capital and its five surrounding provinces. 

 

In the wake of pollution, various agencies have this week implemented dust-reducing measures such as suspending the construction of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand’s Orange, Yellow and Pink electric rail lines until January 22. 

 

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority has been checking vehicles and keeping exhaust-spewing buses off the streets, while traffic police have nearly doubled checkpoints to 20 from the previous 12 to catch and seize polluting four-wheelers. 

 

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has sent workers to clean and hose down risky spots on a daily basis. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30362474

 
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8 minutes ago, KhunProletariat said:

Whats rubbish? The fact that old buses spew out most of the exhaust fumes and they should be banned?

 

Seems logical to me.

 

KP.

I meant that I think it's absolute rubbish that they're keeping them off the streets. Well, if this morning was anything to go by.

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What amuses me is that Chiang Mai has had appalling smog every burning season for many years and nothing has been done, but as soon as it's reported that Bangkok has some, oh the horror, suddenly they're spending lots of money, panicking & coming up with all sorts of hairbrained solutions.

 And they wonder why the North and Northeast aren't impressed with the government or any of the political parties based in Bangkok?

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If I am not mistaken, the BTS and MRT run on clean energy. The problem is that they are expensive means of transportation for most natives. And the trains are not run frequently and are often crowded. 

Take the money they are spending to spray water 20 meters into the air (absolutely kindergarten science) forceably retire most buses which cannot be fixed, and subsidie BTS/MRT travel. Get additional revenue from any vehicle not following traffic laws through hefty fines, and confiscate and sell any motorcycles riding or parked on the sidewalk. 

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