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Covid-19 lockdowns make breathing easy

 

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Quiet streets…a rare scene for the normally bustling Bangkok.

 

Though the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) is taking lives in almost every corner of the world, there are some positive effects from millions of people staying home and practising social distancing.

 

Bangkok streets, for instance, are almost clear of traffic, while the Pollution Control Department’s readings of ultra-fine PM2.5 dust particles in the city have mostly been “good” or “very good” over the past week. Such readings are rare under normal circumstances, when bad traffic is an everyday fact of life in the capital.

 

However, residents in the North are not enjoying such clear skies, mainly due to the raging forest fires. Though people’s movement has been restricted by the state of emergency, farmers in the North are still burning farm waste and contributing to the smog.

 

“Having fewer vehicles on the road is efficient in reducing pollution and improving air quality. Working from home is not just limiting the spread of Covid-19, it’s also cutting down on the emission of nitrogen oxides [caused by burning fossil fuel] and PM2.5 dust in the capital,” Tara Buakamsri, country director for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, told Green News Agency.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/covid-19-lockdowns-make-breathing-easy/

 

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-- © Copyright Thai PBS 2020-04-03

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Sorry, but the government's disastrous handling of this virus does not help me "breathe easier".

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Yes maybe okay in Bangkok but up north,they are burning everything they can get their hands on everyday the air is just smoke laden,sky is grey.

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Also driving around in BKK is much easyier now, no more cars parked on main roads in front of roadside shops blocking traffic....i wished it always was like this!

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Unfortunately the air is still unbreathable here ...

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And they are still burning everything in sight.

 

And the ptb fiddling whilst Thailand burns. But Covid is a great excuse,but the death toll from the "extremely dangerous" air will no doubt claim many more lives than the virus. 

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On 4/3/2020 at 9:32 AM, webfact said:

farmers in the North are still burning farm waste and contributing to the smog.

So what are the governors doing about the farmers.... 

Rhetorical question.. 

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Wish the idiots around my way would stop burning cr'o'p every night as well.

Couldn't decide tonight if it was plastic, rubber or a combination.

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Even if there was ebola floating in the air, farmers would be burning. It will not stop until army starts shooting with live ammo. And that ain't going to happen because the usual suspect has a lucrative deal with the Chinese for corn.

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