Government reveals plans to tackle air pollution

Government reveals plans to tackle air pollution

Government reveals plans to tackle air pollution

The PCD was also in talks with the Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation Department about creating rain over the urban area.

An activist claims the smog now blanketing greater Bangkok comes from farmers burning sugarcane fields to make harvesting easier. Greenpeace today said that Bangkok is now the 10th most polluted in the world.

Public discontent has surfaced on Thai social media and television, with pollution-related hashtags trending and TV hosts advising viewers on the types of face masks they should wear.

As of Monday morning, the global Air Quality Index's average ranking for the capital was 183, or "unhealthy", though some areas such as Saphan Khwai and Lat Yao as of 10am were ranked at "hazardous" levels of 370 and 403, respectively.

But the pollution department has played down the dangers of the persistent haze, which the government judges using a different set of measurements to gauge the concentration of harmful microscopic particles known as PM2.5. It said that Bangkok's particulate matter (PM) figure is high but it is not a crisis yet.

But the Straits Times reported that some districts such as Bang Khen were at "hazardous" levels yesterday morning with a shocking 394 microgrammes per cubic metre - far past the acceptable limit of 50.

BANGKOK is facing an air pollution crisis that has choked the capital since late previous year, with academicians warning of serious impact on public health and a threat to the economy.

"Thousands of lives are lost every year in the United Kingdom because the air we breathe contains unsafe particles", said Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, adding the strategy need matching with legislative action.

The government has launched an ambitious new strategy to clean up our air - which includes a commitment to support farmers' efforts to tackle air pollution. In short: clean air helps you live longer. "We need smarter air quality management". And many children and seniors can be seen going about their outdoor activities as usual. "Action to protect people's health must be a requirement, not a 'nice to have"'.

Air pollution is costing Britain hundreds of millions of pounds more in damage to health than ministers had previously admitted. Bangkok (left) has been hit by persistent smog caused by a mix of exhaust from vehicles, the burning of fields by farmers outside the city and pollutants from factories.

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