Pollution and waste

Air pollution

Campaign to green up Hanoi with 4,000 trees

The Green Vietnam Biodiversity Conservation Centre (GreenViet) in coordination with the Labour Federation of Hanoi’s Ung Hoa district and the Youth Union in Doi Binh commune has launched a campaign to plant 4,000 trees to improve the air conditions in the capital city. The campaign, part of the One ...

ASEAN works to respond to transboundary haze pollution

The ASEAN Secretariat has hosted an online conference to strengthen efforts, coordination and preparation for tackling transboundary haze pollution, which is predicted to peak in August and September. The event, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s Measurable Action for Haze-Free Sustainable Land Management in Southeast Asia ...

ASEAN cooperation to address transboundary haze amid pandemic

Forest fires are a major source of transboundary haze in the ASEAN region. It is particularly pronounced in the dry season during the first half of the year for the Mekong subregion and second half of the year, most notably from July to September, for the southern ASEAN region.  The ASEAN region contains over half of the world’s peatland, a valuable ecosystem critical for ...

Kung Phoak

Govt seeks Myanmar, Laos talks to deal with haze

Thailand will seek talks with Myanmar and Laos to lend strength to the fight against haze and smog pollution, according to Jatuporn Buruspat, the natural resources and environment permanent secretary. The government will seek cooperation from Myanmar and Laos authorities to jointly deal with the seasonal ...

APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

Cabinet gives nod to new anti-dust law

The cabinet has approved a draft ministerial law on construction as it steps up efforts to reduce harmful levels of ultra-fine particles of dust. The current law, enforced since 1983, is too old to be applied to modern building methods in line with safety and environmental ...

Thailand's Biofuel Policies Addressed among Prime Reasons for Present Toxic Haze

 Beneath the haze is the culmination of issues related to social equality, sustainability and corporate responsibility as well as the fragmented policy approaches that need effective and collaborative policy interventions At the moment, Bangkok seems to be at ease, having a short break over the weekend ...

May Thazin Aung, Benjaluck Denduang / SEI

Hazy shade of winter

Waking up to a misty skyline resembling the mysterious town of Silent Hill, a survival horror video game, with the haze foreshadowing obscured dangers lurking in thick smog, is jarring for all Bangkok residents. The level of particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 ...

Dusida Worrachaddejchai, Suchit Leesa-Nguansuk & Piyachart Maikaew

Bungling govt is losing the PM2.5 war

Almost a month since hazardous ultra-fine PM2.5 dust particles began shrouding the capital, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally flexed his muscles this week by pledging to ban vehicles emitting black smoke from entering the city. “If dust levels exceed 100 microgrammes per cubic metre [µg/m³], the ...

Anchalee Kongrut

Haze Chokes the Administration

The Capital is  sick, being choked with PM 2.5, the fine dust composed of various cardiovascular and respiratory carrier toxins. Since early this week, the dust particles with the diameter less than 2.5 microns or “PM 2.5” have started to surge in the city, and the ...

Thailand's famed 'Rose of the North' is wilting

This 700-year-old city nestled in a green valley of northern Thailand has long enjoyed a story-book reputation for its myriad Buddhist monasteries and charming wooden homes, the delicate manners of its citizens and a tranquillity hardly ruffled by its temple bells. More than 10 million tourists ...

Denis D. Gray

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