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‘Declare Bangkok a pollution control zone’


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Prospective tourists from Europe and the Americas are already aware of the disasterous pollution in Thailand. Photographs and news in the newspapers and tv everywhere. Who will want to go on holidays to a country where you can’t breathe ? The Chinese and Indians maybe , who are used to this pollution ? I’m usually one of those people who take things like this with a pinch of salt, but now I’m beginning to think that I’d better find somewhere else to spend my time.

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Why do people only care about bkk? I woke up to this reading this morning spiked at 257 by 8am which is relatively normal here. Local officials told us they would never do anything to fix anything because its what thais do. Um, racist much? All my neighbours are clinically dumb. Pollution causes it. My closest neighbour just lit there charcoal pot to make charcoal to sell which is actually illegal but jo one would dare say boo about it. They burn the forest to get easy access to trees to cut down then burn them for 5days in a clay pot for which the clay is also taken from the forest to make the charcoal which is made at the wrong temperatures making it all the more toxic to humans. All resterants like sukishi import charcoal. The pm2.5 will now be over 500 for the next 5days... If we complain we are in trouble. This is the problem with a population dum from pollution. You cant explain anything scientific to them.

Oh and people its NOT DUST its particulate matter which is fine particles of different matter thats formed with combustion small enough to get in to your blood stream. To test the chemicals its a different device. Everyone now thinks dust is the problem becuae of stupid people..

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After related agencies attended a meeting yesterday, Pollution Control Department director-general Pralong Damrongthai said the agencies had decided that the smog was still not critical enough to declare the capital a pollution-control area. Also, he said, doing so might affect tourism and the business sector

 

 

 

 

So the population can get slowly poisoned in particular old people and children ( care segments Thailand prides itself) because it might affect tourism and the business sector.

 

Memo to Pollution Control Department

Putting aside the disregard for citizens health.

 

The business sector depends on tourism.  Tourists don’t visit unhealthy locations.  Those that do and are negatively impacted spread the word to avoid.  Therefore you decision toward in action brings about the the exact outcome you want to avoid.

 

The issue is the answers aren’t easy and are painful.  The good news is there are answers all which take time.

 

 

 

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Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said yesterday that his ministry did not favour a policy to attempt to lower traffic volumes in the capital and tackle the smog problem by designating certain days for vehicle use based on the licence plate numbers, as has been successful in other countries. 

This would drive folks to getting two sets of plates....one for even numbered days and one for odd number days.  The underground License Plate Making business would boom!  

 

And it's not hard to see a vehicle on Bangkok roads without any license plates.  Or have vehicles with no registration sticker...or the person driving it having no drivers license....or having no/expired insurance.  But they will always have a lottery ticket. 

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Check the fire maps. Sub Saharan Africa, Thailand and especially Cambodia now on fire.

Sure you can get rid of the old buses and stuff like that but …...

Here in Chiang Mai it's already dirty and the serious burning hasn't even begun.

200 plus readings are normal here for more than 2 months a year already.

Stop your crying, Bangkok, you filthy dump.

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Of course, Thailand already has the laws to deal with the problem. Thailands problems have nothing to do with a lack of laws on the books, the problems of Thailand are routed in the lack of enforcement of laws and regulations.

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Witsanu noted that even though the level of PM2.5 in the rest of the year mainly remained within Thailand’s safe standards, and was thus considered by authorities to be harmless, he insisted that in order to ensure the public’s well-being, the WHO’s safety guidelines should be applied.

What Thailand says is safe and what the rest of the world thinks is safe are as we know two entirely different things.

Thailands junta doesn't give a thought to the people, if it declares a problem it will look as though they have lost some sort of control... and we all know that that will never happen.

 

I watched on the TV news this morning a water spraying machine being used to spray water into the air, camera men were running around doing photo shoots with the "important" people lining up to get their smug faces into the shot.
Little do they know that this attempt at doing something looked utterly pathetic.

100 metres away nothing had changed, just a pool of water lay on the floor & people walking in opposite directions to stay out of the way. When evaporated the particles would go back up into the air with the water vapour.

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5 hours ago, SoilSpoil said:

If you could find one. Even Phuket is in the yellow zone today. The whole country is covered in 'fine dust'.

Beautiful breezy day up here outside Udon Thani, PM 2.5 ~10, was 16c at 07:00, now 27c humidity 43%, perfect - don't tell anyone! 🤐

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46 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

I watched on the TV news this morning a water spraying machine being used to spray water into the air, camera men were running around doing photo shoots with the "important" people lining up to get their smug faces into the shot.
Little do they know that this attempt at doing something looked utterly pathetic.

100 metres away nothing had changed, just a pool of water lay on the floor & people walking in opposite directions to stay out of the way. When evaporated the particles would go back up into the air with the water vapour.

But for those few minutes (or seconds) the air in that immediate area got cleaner some govt bureaucrat will get another ribbon for his white dress uniform.  A ribbon for the Battle of Bangkok Pollution.  Plus he knows a stuffed envelope from the water cannon seller is probably heading his way.

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