Pollution and waste

Air pollution

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

A clean-up campaign for Yangon’s air pollution

THE SHWEDAGON Pagoda was our first stop on a mission to gather data on air quality in various locations across Yangon, which began one Sunday morning in late March. The air quality in the commercial capital seemed to have deteriorated throughout the hot season, and we ...

Zaw Win Htet and Eaint Thet Su

Tighter control on transnational food industry required to solve haze problem: expert

A STRONGER political will is required to take action against monoculture corn cultivation both inside Thailand and in neighbouring countries, or the transboundary haze problem will never be solved, environmental experts said, as Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district continues to choke under hazardous smog. Greenpeace said ...

Pratch Rujivanarom

Haze woes lIkely to lInger, worsen

Unlike the smog that enveloped Bangkok early in the year, the haze crisis in the North stems largely from spontaneous dry-season forest fires and other fires deliberately set to clear farmland. GISDA has found that the number of hotspots in nine northern provinces including Chiang Mai ...

Thailand must take action for cleaner air in Asean

When complaints are made about the haze crisis and air pollution in Southeast Asia, most usually think about fires in Indonesia’s provinces, which have been a recurrent problem for over two decades. However, the situation this year has been different as Thailand has been at the ...

Simon Tay & Liyana Othman

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