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Calls for schools in Chiang Mai to close as haze crisis worsens


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39 minutes ago, RotBenz8888 said:

So what'll happen in the long term, as this problem will go on for a long time, make the children illiterate? All we ever hear about is the short term actions.

yes, it will 'go away soon' you just wait and see.

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30 minutes ago, Jimbo2014 said:

The government can stop this in a heart beat.  Here are a few suggestions:

a) Stop blowing useless water into the air and use the same resources to patrol for illegal fires.

b) Impose impartial monitoring of all crop purchases for burn marks

c) Impose monitoring of all farm lands for burning

d) Impose huge legal penalties including confiscation of land for any violators

e) Cut all sale of deisel vehicles in Thailand and phase out diesel completely.

f) Relocate all factories out of zoned urban areas.

 

The only problem is that these actions require accountability, foresight and intelligence.

 

Ok, but sadly it’s pure utopia and not only for this country.

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And of course all Thai homes have top of the range air purifiers and are well sealed! So parents also need to take time off work to keep their kids inside all day?

Closing schools is a convenient but pointless reaction.

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1 hour ago, Jimbo2014 said:

The government can stop this in a heart beat.  Here are a few suggestions:

a) Stop blowing useless water into the air and use the same resources to patrol for illegal fires.

b) Impose impartial monitoring of all crop purchases for burn marks

c) Impose monitoring of all farm lands for burning

d) Impose huge legal penalties including confiscation of land for any violators

e) Cut all sale of deisel vehicles in Thailand and phase out diesel completely.

f) Relocate all factories out of zoned urban areas.

 

The only problem is that these actions require accountability, foresight and intelligence.

 

Re (e)

In Europe modern diesel vehicles to Euro 6 specifications are clean, it is all the old trucks and buses in Thailand that are the problem.  The same technology as Euro 6 is available worldwide.  In fact if you ran a Euro 6 diesel vehicle in Chiang Mai right now the air coming out of the exhaust is cleaner than the air entering the engine.

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21 minutes ago, Mises said:

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In Europe modern diesel vehicles to Euro 6 specifications are clean, it is all the old trucks and buses in Thailand that are the problem.  The same technology as Euro 6 is available worldwide.  In fact if you ran a Euro 6 diesel vehicle in Chiang Mai right now the air coming out of the exhaust is cleaner than the air entering the engine.

The problem is that vehicle maintenance and law enforcement in Thailand are weak and so if you allow diesel on the roads with the good intention of maintaining Euro 6 standards, soon you just have a whole ton of vehicles emitting diesel fumes.  Better to stop them entirely - or turn the country electric and thus concentrate pollution at the points of electricity production.

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How will keeping the children from school help with the pollution problem or the children's health ? Are all their homes in "clean" areas of the city ?

Perhaps use this situation to teach about the harm that polluted air can have on health and teach about the causes and remedies for it.

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2 hours ago, RotBenz8888 said:

So what'll happen in the long term, as this problem will go on for a long time, make the children illiterate? All we ever hear about is the short term actions.

Already illiterate

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36 minutes ago, Jimbo2014 said:

The problem is that vehicle maintenance and law enforcement in Thailand are weak

NOT TRUE! NOT TRUE! There is NO vehicle maintenance in Thailand, not as far as commercial vehicles are concerned anyway. I have witnessed this for too many years. They just run the damn machines until they fail/quit. THEN they maintain/repair them. Ane when when did you ever see any law enforcement ANYWHERE in Thailand, except for when a cop needs some extra money for one of his ladies, or to buy a new bike?

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