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 from the severe haze which had returned for the third time this year.
Since last December, Bangkok and other parts of the country especially in the central part and the North have been under threat caused by this air pollution to the point that it had led to school closures, changes to workers’ work schedules, critical health impacts, and losses to the national economy.
For Bangkok, the prime cause of this pollution is known to be incomplete vehicle engine combusion.
Combined with industrial emissions, and cold weather “inversion” patterns that have trapped the smog close to the ground, the air pollution is aggravated by the heat-trapping effect from Bangkok’s dense, concrete infrastructure that stimulate the formation of an inversion layer that obstructs ventilation.
May Thazin Aung, Benjaluck Denduang / SEI