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excellent example of problem-solving in thailand; doctors don't deal with the particle 2.5 problem, they deal with patients; government is the only entity that can deal with the pm 2.5 issue ; please,

The PM 2.5 problem is not "seasonal" anymore it is perpetual!

And that is as far as it goes. The acceptance of air pollution is now a fact and there will be no attempt to combat pollution at source because it is against the desires of the people who are making m

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Don’t wait for the government to proclaim unhealthy air.  Buy yourself a home PM2.5 monitor.  Then you can take action based on your own tolerance level of PM2.5 air pollution.  On days with readings over 40–we spend more time in a sealed air conditioned room. Paradoxically, that could also include taking a ride in an air conditioned vehicle. And when it worsens—we head for the beach.

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7 hours ago, Skallywag said:

The PM 2.5 problem is not "seasonal" anymore it is perpetual!

Sadly, you're right. And there seems to be no escaping it and air pollution generally.

 

As I write, the air quality index (AQI) reading of 95 for the coastal resort where I originally moved to enjoy the "fresh" sea breezes is nearly double the recommended Thai "safe" level -  and nearly four times the World Health Organisation maximum.

 

The current concentration of PM 2.5 pollution - responsible for numerous health problems, including some which are fatal - is presently 38 µg/m³. This compares with a WHO recommended limit of 25 µg/m³ - and tomorrow, even higher readings are forecast. 

 

Interestingly, carbon dioxide - demonised as a the greenhouse gas responsible for global warming - is not listed as an AQI pollutant. Which makes on wonder: instead of panicking over a possible global warming crisis some time in the distant future, shouldn't we instead focus on first cleaning up the filthy air we are forced to breathe?

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10 hours ago, rooster59 said:

The top official at the Public Health Ministry and ministry administrators held a video conference with physicians in provincial public health centres nationwide to be prepared and monitor the health impact of PM2.5 dust particles, which usually increase in December every year.

Of course the particles increases. Reason; they don't do anything about it, part from conferences.  Pathetic!

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2 hours ago, Isaan sailor said:

Don’t wait for the government to proclaim unhealthy air.  Buy yourself a home PM2.5 monitor.  Then you can take action based on your own tolerance level of PM2.5 air pollution.  On days with readings over 40–we spend more time in a sealed air conditioned room. Paradoxically, that could also include taking a ride in an air conditioned vehicle. And when it worsens—we head for the beach.

Let me add that a HEPA air circulator is also highly recommended for reduction of PM 2.5 in a closed room.

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3 hours ago, Isaan sailor said:

Don’t wait for the government to proclaim unhealthy air.  Buy yourself a home PM2.5 monitor.  Then you can take action based on your own tolerance level of PM2.5 air pollution.  On days with readings over 40–we spend more time in a sealed air conditioned room. Paradoxically, that could also include taking a ride in an air conditioned vehicle. And when it worsens—we head for the beach.

Unless you live in the south then you probably spend most of the time indoor or at the beach! 

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