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Govt urged to leverage technology in pollution fight

By The Nation

 

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In the age of digital technology with Thais owning an average of two mobile phones each, it is time for the government to leverage technology for public benefits, said Suchatvee Suwansawat, President of the Council of Engineers Thailand, on Thursday (January 16). 

 

For instance, the government should develop an application to warn people of areas affected by the pm2.5 pollution and reminding them to wear face mask in those locations to lessen risks to health. 

 

With no measures currently in place to deal with problem, identifying risk areas would be a good start, such as bus stops. There are 5,000 bus stops in Bangkok, of which 1,000 are air-pollution spots. State agencies should install fans to disperse dust and particles.

 

Suchatvee described the measure of spraying water from high buildings as off point and ineffective. “Dust and particles will temporarily be caught by water but it will be blown back to the air when the moisture dry up,” he said. Construction sites, factories and traffics are the main sources of dust and particles, not the weather, he added.

 

As a long-term measure to fix the problem, the government should offer tax deduction as an incentive for factories to reduce the emission of pollutants from their production sites. Like wise, old cars spewing black smoke should be subjected to a higher tax rate.

 

The state should adopt Big Data for storage of all relevant information, analysis and risk management so as to inform the public in advance of actions to be taken in relation to the problem, such as the closure of schools in risk areas. The government ordered a temporary closure of all schools in Bangkok last year.

 

"With the air-pollution problem intensifying, there should be a warning system for those most vulnerable, such as young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and patients with respiratory issues. Respiratory problems, lung disease, brain disease and cancer pose a threat to human resources which is vital to our future,” said the president.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30380718

 

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18 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

it is time for the government to leverage technology for public benefits

well , in general, that is what a government is for; cept in thailand; we havent had an able government here in quite a while

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And all they have to do is enforcing the laws and stop burning. Maybe sack the entire police force first.

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Bus stop  fans to blow the bus pollution down the street 50meters.  

I'm all for brainstorming. 

Set tight vehicle emission standards for this time of year if not  always. 

Start with all taxis and buses.  Get off the road if needed.  

Install  reputable particle counters  at about 10,000 locations  in Thailand.  In bkk start with all the bus stops.   Rrsdongs posted in real time  like airvisual.com or purpkeair.com.  

Make quality n95 masks available for Asian  faces.    Educate on poor results with low quality  masks. 

Roadways in bkk should be swept with  a street sweeper every 48 hours. All  construction sites need a tire hose off area.

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3 hours ago, DannyCarlton said:

What planet is this guy on? Extractor fans at bus stops? So where does the air come from to replace the air extracted? Factories getting tax breaks? Why not fine them heavily for breaking emissions laws? Old wagons taxed moer heavily? Why not just fine the owners and ban the trucks from the road?

 

The guy's got the mentality of a 4 year old. Why not "leverage existing laws by strict enforcement?

This sounds a lot like the idea the then government promoted to put boats in rivers to fight flooding. Are these the best ways they can think of to use technology. If so, heaven help Thailand.

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14 hours ago, CGW said:

More empty words, should, could's and maybe's! Kinds obvious they have no intention of doing anything!

Again no government accountability of fixing the route cause, this mornings news over 140 fires out of control in Thailand. They expect people to buy useless cotton masks, stay indoors or buy smart phones they may not afford to get an app and measure AQI. Still living in last century.

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16 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

With the air-pollution problem intensifying

..and it's not getting better any time soon! Air purifiers, 2.5 PM masks and stay indoors are the future. Get used to it. Another day in Paradise. 

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As a start and an exercise in raising public awareness there could be a total ban on incense sticks , fireworks and burning paper stuff for Chinese New Year. It may not be  a lot in the scheme of things but it send out a powerful message for the direction of travel. Wonder if these Cambodian corn farmers are part of the CP turn-key corn operations ?

 

https://www.cpfworldwide.com/en/media-center/โครงการเกษตรกรพึ่งตนข้าวโพดยั่งยืนสู่ปีที่4คู่คิดเกษตรกรปลูกข้าวโพดยั่งยืนมีรายได้มั่นคงร่วมดูแลสิ่งแวดล้อม

 

 

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/chiang-mais-headache-corn-fed-smoke-haze

Edited by URMySunshine

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