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I'm in central Thailand, not the north, but riding my bicycle in the wee hours of the morning, have discovered that a lot of burning goes on at night. Orange glows all over the place. Makes me wonder if this were banned, how would it be policed.

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7 minutes ago, sweatalot said:

and enforcing the ban would be even more important

I saw yesterday acres of land that had just been burnt. It seemed to me, anything that was brown and next to a rice/corn crop was just burnt. All around the Nut trees, there were just acres burnt. The locals just don't care. Wait till the mountains around Lumphun lite up in the next couple of weeks so the locals can go up into the mountains to collect the mushrooms that spurt growth after the fires. That is a cash crop for the poor and a local delicacy but is killing us all slowly from the output.

 

It will never stop but it was never this bad when I first came here 10 years ago, so something has changed. 

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1 hour ago, Vacuum said:

Why wait until March 1?

Good question, but unfortunately it makes some sense.

The fact is that they can't put a complete ban for 5 months, which is what would be needed (assuming that they can enforce it, that's another issue). Farmers and big crop companies would be up in arms.

So, if you choose two months, which ones? Knowing that the moment you lift ban, everybody will be burning the accumulated crops of 2 months and make you choke to death within a few days, then better have this on May 1 when there is some probability of rain, than on say April 1 when it's still mostly dry.

 

Every year same story, and no solution in sight. Go away if you can (and add some pollution of your own when you fly or drive).

 

 

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As far I know for Chiang Mai specifically the burning in Myanmar contributes a lot to it. This complicates everything much more than it already is.

Have to say it is not too bad in Sansai and Doi saket but you do not want to be living in the city or in hang dong / close to the mountains.

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16 minutes ago, tabarin said:

As far I know for Chiang Mai specifically the burning in Myanmar contributes a lot to it. This complicates everything much more than it already is.

Have to say it is not too bad in Sansai and Doi saket but you do not want to be living in the city or in hang dong / close to the mountains.

You must have put your rose tinted contact lenses in if you think Sansai & Doi Daket aren't too bad!

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2 hours ago, SammyT said:

 

Agreed, it would seem everyone is just burning their stuff early. Yesterday was such a nice clear day as well...

I noticed the last couple of days that the air here in the north-east has been clear for a change, compared to the thick smoke, everyone burning in the evening.

 

I also noticed that the speaker system in the village is working twice a day now, i.e. 6am and 12pm, must be telling people not to burn ?

 

Hope this is the case, and I hope it is not a band aid solution, enforcement needs to be ramped up with fines and or jail for some offenders who don't give a rats a$$, once that is done word of mouth will spread and people will think twice.

 

They could even advertise "dial a burner in" totally anonymous as soon as someone lights up, that would make me a very happy farang.

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Update the worst air quality I have seen in the ten years I have been here its rancid in Hang Dong like smoking without the fags🤔

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34 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

Update the worst air quality I have seen in the ten years I have been here its rancid in Hang Dong like smoking without the fags🤔

The worst air quality I have seen in CM was about 3 years ago. I couldn't even see a neighbouring hotel from my condo, no more than 500 metres away. The current crisis seems to be arising from people trying to beat the March 1 ban.

Education that ploughing in rice stubble and corn waste, instead of burning it, is needed. IMHO the Thai elite has no interest in educating rural Thais - too dangerous for their current privileged position.

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3 hours ago, totally thaied up said:

Yesterday I was way up in the Mountains of Lampang, and the smoke was just starting to come in. I could see it on the horizon and many of the places I drove past showed the signs of fires starting and finishing. When I got up, this morning in Chiang Mai and went to Hang Dong to get my brother-in-law who fell ill from the pollution, I could not believe in how that in 24 hours, this place has become such a toxic trap. However these fires start, and where/who are starting them; it seems like it is a joint venture from everyone to just slash and burn all at the same time. I thought this year may not be too bad, but today I have shut up the house, put the air filters on and the air con. Let's hope this blows over quickly.

 

Only after booking my short holiday in CM did I realise that it might coincide with these sort of conditions.

 

I'm in the vulnerable category and could have ended up like your BIL.

 

Happily I left on the 7th.

 

Very impressed by the oneprice, 20baht, aircon bus system.

 

Must be good for airport arrivals.

 

I travelled by train, a lovely journey through the valleys.

 

 

 

 

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Without enforcement, bans are just window dressing

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Words, words and words...bla bla bla. While taking at same time a breathe of this f****r pollution

 

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