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Another nail in the tourist coffin if you can find a spot amongst the other 1000 nails [emoji23]

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I stopped reading at the word, "swiftly."  LOL What does any Thai government official do swiftly...save collect tea money?

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6 hours ago, SoilSpoil said:

Wow, how and why is the source of all this pollution ignored? 

My take is junta was behind driving farmers to move from rice to sugarcane and now all the burning causes them serious black face problems. So as usual they're arse up to the sun, head buried one feet in the sand.

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The winds blow the Cambodian smoke to Thailand, I'm fairly sure the hapless usurper will stick his mug to the camera once the wind changes and claim he 44'd it away.

 

https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-258.00,11.75,3000

 

Told you so .. 

 

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Just had to add a told you so

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My asthma that normally does not bother me  is greatly affected by the pollution The lack of will on the part of the government to do something about this is gross negligence on  their part   They are worried about the effect it will have on tourism if they take action Well I can tell you the pollution has and will continue to have a great effect on many that will not come to Bangkok because of the pollution

 

General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that "because both human and natural factors contribute to the smog crisis in Bangkok, people should not blame the government for it. They should instead solve the situation by adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle and learning to live by nature"  This is not the answer The government must force the auto industry and business sector to stop polluting 

 

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. 

 

I can tell you that not declaring it a problem will affect tourism. No one in their right mind what to come to a polluted city when there are many other unpolluted places they can go 

 

I had to buy an air cleaner for my condo because my asthma was effected I am now seriously considering moving out of Thailand because of the pollution. I know of many ex-pats who commented about the same.

So pollution is more than a health problem It is a social and economic problem that needs to be resolved or there will be serious backlash from it

 

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

Thammarat Phutthai, a lecturer at Mahidol University’s Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, noted that the efforts by authorities to hose down roads and spray water in the air have been unable to solve the pollution problem.

 

Really??? That's shocking!!!

 

I wonder what actually gave anyone in the government even the remotest idea that pulling those kinds of PR stunts was going to have any meaningful reduction in PM2.5 levels???

 

I'm still waiting for them to dust off the propeller boats again!  Maybe that will be Phase 2, after the airborne water spraying and cloud seeding didn't work...  :ph34r:

 

Ohh, and by the way, hasn't rained lately, has it?  Wonder what became of their much touted rain making flights and plans???  Hmmmm......

 

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This country is doomed to failure-no drive, no incentive, passivity, laziness, lying, poorly educated, corrupt to the core.

It’s not fair to the people that want change-that is why the highly educated move away. The government wants foreign investment, but want to dnothing to entice investment-in fact, they are driving it away.  To bad because most Thai people deserve better 

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13 minutes ago, realenglish1 said:

I had to buy an air cleaner for my condo because my asthma was effected I am now seriously considering moving out of Thailand because of the pollution. I know of many ex-pats who commented about the same.

I doubt anything will be done, especially since near all of Cambodia is in flames and ASEAN is a complete dud, not to mention Thai farmers don't give a rat's arse if they poison the population with their burns as long as there's a few quick baht to be done. If I had asthma I'd be waiting for departing flight at swampy, one way.

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

 “But it also found that the PM2.5 level in the city, especially in the areas along the streetside, always stays above the World Health Organisation [WHO]’s safe limit all year, which can cause negative impacts to people health.”

 

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.

 

Great Thai journalism here... Let's write b.s., but not actually tell our readers the factual truth.... just hint at it.

 

FACT:  Thailand has its own "safe" standard of 50 micrograms of PM2.5, whereas the World Health Organization has a not to exceed standard of 25 micrograms -- half of what Thailand considers acceptable...  And other entities like the U.S. and U.K. also have lower standards that Thailand.

 

But let's not actually bother with telling our readers the truth about that!

 

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I am stunned by the naivity of people who believe there is an instant cure. The dust probably comes from the Sahara are we going to wet that down to prevent it.

 

Stopping using the internet might help?

 

 

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

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.

 

Please, let us bow down to the almighty tourist dollar, and not worry that we're harming the health of everyone who breathes in the current airborne gunk in BKK every day....

 

Good job government!!!!

 

 

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1 hour ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

Really??? That's shocking!!!

 

I wonder what actually gave anyone in the government even the remotest idea that pulling those kinds of PR stunts was going to have any meaningful reduction in PM2.5 levels???

 

I'm still waiting for them to dust off the propeller boats again!  Maybe that will be Phase 2, after the airborne water spraying and cloud seeding didn't work...  :ph34r:....

 

I was half expecting somebody to resurrect that idea by suggesting that people point their fans out of the window and turn them on, and thus create enough breeze to clear the air. It would be as sensible as that proposal about the boats and flooding.

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13 minutes ago, MikeN said:

I was half expecting somebody to resurrect that idea by suggesting that people point their fans out of the window and turn them on, and thus create enough breeze to clear the air. It would be as sensible as that proposal about the boats and flooding.

 

You should be working for the government, with bright ideas like that!!!  :clap2:

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1 hour ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

You should be working for the government, with bright ideas like that!!!  :clap2:

Can I get paid in watches ?

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Pollution control zone?

 

I assume peolple know there is an operating oil refinery in Bangkok?

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