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Targeted by petition, Chiang Mai governor unveils fresh measures to tackle pollution

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Disgusting evidence, that face, is more important than health or safety.

 

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If ever there was a governor praying for rain and strong winds this is one, perhaps a super powered amulet is called for.

Then the ptb can forget about it for another year.

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30 minutes ago, Thailand said:

If ever there was a governor praying for rain and strong winds this is one, perhaps a super powered amulet is called for.

Then the ptb can forget about it for another year.

I once read a great business-related book, coauthored by a revered former US Army chief of staff...it was titled “Hope is Not a Method”.  So apropos here in Chiang Mai.

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Air Pollution : Chiangmai No.1

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3 hours ago, Fore Man said:

I would say that the governor’s five-point plan is way, way too generalized and can’t be adequately measured to assess progress. He is simply bandying words to get the snapping hounds off his heels. I’ll say it again that we need a full court press mounted now to restore air quality to acceptable levels. Call it exactly like it is:  a true man-made environmental disaster, and assign Army, certain other supporting military units, national police, public health resources and so on to head into the hinterlands as a well-organized team.  Their goal?  To put a cold stop to these uneducated and uncaring villagers who are holding a major Thai metropolis and a myriad of smaller population centers as hostage to their criminal acts of arson.  Farmers used to centuries of crop-burning to clear fallow fields need national funding to provide them with tractors, related machinery and training to make the conversion to modern agricultural techniques.  The problem can be worked, but it will require an intensive educational effort and harsh penalties to convince the agrarian poor to stop burning. Until the government gets its head out of the sand, Chiang Mai and nearby provinces will remain doomed. 

Well said, Fore Man; I think you nailed it exactly.  Also, I have no idea about this governor's record of good governing, but in this case, at best, I'd say he completely useless and incompetent, and at worst, criminal.

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........lHave the authorities strictly implement the ban on outdoor burning through April 30 and respond more quickly to forest fires

 

I dreamed a dream.......

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At the end of the day he will wait to next year as they always do and make another fuss .

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5 hours ago, Fore Man said:

I would say that the governor’s five-point plan is way, way too generalized and can’t be adequately measured to assess progress. He is simply bandying words to get the snapping hounds off his heels. I’ll say it again that we need a full court press mounted now to restore air quality to acceptable levels. Call it exactly like it is:  a true man-made environmental disaster, and assign Army, certain other supporting military units, national police, public health resources and so on to head into the hinterlands as a well-organized team.  Their goal?  To put a cold stop to these uneducated and uncaring villagers who are holding a major Thai metropolis and a myriad of smaller population centers as hostage to their criminal acts of arson.  Farmers used to centuries of crop-burning to clear fallow fields need national funding to provide them with tractors, related machinery and training to make the conversion to modern agricultural techniques.  The problem can be worked, but it will require an intensive educational effort and harsh penalties to convince the agrarian poor to stop burning. Until the government gets its head out of the sand, Chiang Mai and nearby provinces will remain doomed. 

I liked your post, but please allow a correction. Farmers burning rice stubble is minor compared to man-made forest fires. Rice is growing now, where there is irrigation, which is most of the Chiang Mai valley. Rice stubble from the previous crop was burned over the winter, and was insignificant compared to the forest fires.

 

Why are people lighting forest fires? Thanks for asking! They're trying to remove the dead leaves and undergrowth, to make it easier to find certain mushrooms that are in high demand (high price) for export to China. So blame China and their growing purchasing power. 

 

Missing from the Governor's list, as others have pointed out, is mention of enforcement of existing laws.

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20 minutes ago, LawrenceN said:

I liked your post, but please allow a correction. Farmers burning rice stubble is minor compared to man-made forest fires. Rice is growing now, where there is irrigation, which is most of the Chiang Mai valley. Rice stubble from the previous crop was burned over the winter, and was insignificant compared to the forest fires.

 

Why are people lighting forest fires? Thanks for asking! They're trying to remove the dead leaves and undergrowth, to make it easier to find certain mushrooms that are in high demand (high price) for export to China. So blame China and their growing purchasing power. 

 

Missing from the Governor's list, as others have pointed out, is mention of enforcement of existing laws.

Good information and appreciated!

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