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Danang Vietnam has the cleanest air. Quite good. Any other questions?

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2 hours ago, brewsterbudgen said:

Seems pointless to have another air quality thread.  This is the peak time of year for "very unhealthy" air in Bangkok.  It will improve (to just "unhealthy") soon

 

Yeah, May is quite soon....

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3 hours ago, thedemon said:

What a difference a day makes!

 

Yesterday (Friday 10th) at 0650

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Today (Saturday 11th) at 0650

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Yes it’s a relief but let’s not get excited 😉  It’s already worse again than it was early this morning.  I’m about ready to leave BKK.  After 8 years, it’s only getting worse.  I’m not going to spend the rest of my life cowering behind a mask and darting from home to safe haven to home again lol   You’ve got to have a very good reason to stay here long-term. 

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2 hours ago, mstevens said:

 

Yeah, May is quite soon....

Only 4 months with a daily headache from the smog....sounds awesome, no?

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4 hours ago, TerraplaneGuy said:

Yes it’s a relief but let’s not get excited 😉  It’s already worse again than it was early this morning.  I’m about ready to leave BKK.  After 8 years, it’s only getting worse.  I’m not going to spend the rest of my life cowering behind a mask and darting from home to safe haven to home again lol   You’ve got to have a very good reason to stay here long-term. 

Yep. To paraphrase a common quote: Living in Thailand is like being in prison with the possibility of getting laid. Add to that: "with the added possibility of having a chronic disorder brought on by the air pollution".

 

An interesting range of particulate infestation. Where is that might I ask?

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12 hours ago, brewsterbudgen said:

Seems pointless to have another air quality thread.  This is the peak time of year for "very unhealthy" air in Bangkok.  It will improve (to just "unhealthy") soon, and then another area of Thailand will be affected.  Try finding any city in Asia that doesn't have bad air quality.  You either accept it and deal with it (masks, air purifiers) or move.  There are plenty of other unhealthy things to worry about.

They are still saying the air quality will improve in Shanghai and Beijing. LOL!

 

You are just kidding yourself.

 

The population is increasing, number of cars increasing, pollution increasing.

 

Sooner or later, you reach a point of no return as many cities in China already have.

 

When it monsoon, rains, the air may appear clean, but where exactly do you think the rain is washing all those toxins to?

 

When it gets to the point of wearing a mask everyday, what's the point?

 

Only some one that has trapped themselves in Thailand would think this way.

 

Air pollution was the fourth leading risk factor for deaths in China,

 

Now how much exactly did the Thai gov't budget for environmental issues?

 

They did budget for Submarines.

 

You think this pollution problem is going to fix itself?

 

Will only get worse and many other major cities have learned the hard way.

 

Whether pollution, floods or drought, Thailand has never solved any of these problems and does not have the knowledge or skill to solve these.

 

Let's add a couple more million cars in Bangkok and see how much the air quality improves because that is exactly what will happen in the near future

 

 

 

 

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Here's something I just noticed.  The aqicn.org historicals use a different color scheme from the daily readings.  Take a look at July 2018 (underlined in the pic).  The left-hand summary shows 28 green and 3 yellow days.  Yet not a single day that month (see right hand detail) was really green (i. e. under 50 AQI).  In the historicals, unlike the daily real-time reports, they only count days that are 75 or more as yellow.    Anything less is green of some shade.   If the day is under 50 they give it "bright" green (see August 2018 which has 2 of those days).  So what they've done is applied a more nuanced color scheme for the historicals but it's misleading (especially if you focus on the the left-side summaries) because the basic colors actually include higher readings than the aqicn standard colors.  What this shows is that in 2018, there were only 7 days in the whole year that were truly "green" (i. e. under 50).  Those show as dark green.  Compare with New York, where the large majority of days in 2018 were dark green and many were very dark green (under 25).

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2 hours ago, TerraplaneGuy said:

Here's something I just noticed.  The aqicn.org historicals use a different color scheme from the daily readings.  Take a look at July 2018 (underlined in the pic).  The left-hand summary shows 28 green and 3 yellow days.  Yet not a single day that month (see right hand detail) was really green (i. e. under 50 AQI).  In the historicals, unlike the daily real-time reports, they only count days that are 75 or more as yellow.    Anything less is green of some shade.   If the day is under 50 they give it "bright" green (see August 2018 which has 2 of those days).  So what they've done is applied a more nuanced color scheme for the historicals but it's misleading (especially if you focus on the the left-side summaries) because the basic colors actually include higher readings than the aqicn standard colors.  What this shows is that in 2018, there were only 7 days in the whole year that were truly "green" (i. e. under 50).  Those show as dark green.  Compare with New York, where the large majority of days in 2018 were dark green and many were very dark green (under 25).

InkedAQIC Chula Hospital 2018 2_LI.jpg

 

I have noticed that as well when looking at their historical charts lately. And I actually like it. I think it DOES give a more nuanced and clear look at the pollution levels -- as long as you view the charts with a clear understanding of what the different color shadings mean...

 

As in yes, only the DARK green color shadings reflect the under 50 AQI "Good" air state, then "Moderate" air starts out as light green, and transitions to yellow and then light orange as the AQI numbers head toward the upper end of the 100 AQI top end of the "Moderate" air category, etc etc.

 

But I'll agree... I didn't catch the subtlety of the difference between the daily charts color codings and the historical charts color codings on initial viewing... It took a bit of looking and attention before I finally caught on to what they were doing.

 

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39 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

I have noticed that as well when looking at their historical charts lately. And I actually like it. I think it DOES give a more nuanced and clear look at the pollution levels -- as long as you view the charts with a clear understanding of what the different color shadings mean...

 

As in yes, only the DARK green color shadings reflect the under 50 AQI "Good" air state, then "Moderate" air starts out as light green, and transitions to yellow and then light orange as the AQI numbers head toward the upper end of the 100 AQI top end of the "Moderate" air category, etc etc.

 

But I'll agree... I didn't catch the subtlety of the difference between the daily charts color codings and the historical charts color codings on initial viewing... It took a bit of looking and attention before I finally caught on to what they were doing.

 

It does have advantages.  But the trouble is that since BKK gets so few dark green (under 50) days and no very dark green (under 25) days at all, it makes the light green days look better than they are and easy to mistake for clean.  The fact is our air is almost never better than “moderate”.  

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On 1/9/2020 at 9:40 AM, MaxYakov said:

If children are more susceptible to air pollution, then they should be in masks at all times during other-than-green pollution levels. The thing is I don't think I've seen child-size masks for sale anywhere. Would the children even wear them (or be made to wear them) if they were available?

It's very difficult.  I have a mask specifically made for kids (bought from the UK), but my kid (nearly 5 years old) hates wearing it and hardly ever does.  

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On 1/9/2020 at 8:41 PM, bwpage3 said:

Do you want to spend the rest of your life wearing a mask?

This is truly the question isn't it?

 

We will leave when I'm done working. I've no idea why retirees are here the air situation will only get worse. There will be better days and worse days but nothing will be done to clean the air, to the contrary.

 

Remember when the schools closed? I predicted that would be a one off situation. Now kids can go exercise in the horrible air, people running the country don't care.

 

Remember spraying water from rooftops? Absolute genius.

 

Let them eat cake.

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4 hours ago, brewsterbudgen said:

It's very difficult.  I have a mask specifically made for kids (bought from the UK), but my kid (nearly 5 years old) hates wearing it and hardly ever does.  

 

We shouldn't live in a country (or world) where it's necessary for children to wear such things. But unfortunately, we do. And the current government here seems to not care a whit about it.

 

They want to complain about the expense they incur in the medical field for uninsured farang hospital bills. How about the collective and long-term medical expense of much of the Thai population breathing in polluted air throughout their lives?

 

The uninsured farang part probably pales in comparison. But that's the issue they're all hot and bothered about -- not the fact that they're slowly killing their own people bit by bit.

 

 

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6 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

We shouldn't live in a country (or world) where it's necessary for children to wear such things. But unfortunately, we do. And the current government here seems to not care a whit about it.

 

They want to complain about the expense they incur in the medical field for uninsured farang hospital bills. How about the collective and long-term medical expense of much of the Thai population breathing in polluted air throughout their lives?

 

The uninsured farang part probably pales in comparison. But that's the issue they're all hot and bothered about -- not the fact that they're slowly killing their own people bit by bit.

 

 

"... --not the fact that they're slowly killing their own people bit by bit."

 

I agree with the vein of your post with one major exception. I would have worded the above sentence fragment as such:

 

... --not the fact that they're slowly killing their own people themselves bit by bit.

 

My position is that I'm going to resist letting them take me with them w/r their essentially suicidal lifestyle. Sure, some things are beyond the control of the Thai and farang individuals, but many things are not.

 

Discussion of this is, perhaps, beyond the scope of this thread, but the individual decisions not to wear effective anti-pollution masks and to be willfully ignorant of the high levels of pollution in Bangkok are, IMHO, not. 

 

 

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