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On the fiery frontline of Thailand’s war on smog

National parks have resorted to door-to-door campaigns in the latest effort to tackle a longstanding cause of Thailand’s seasonal air pollution crisis – agricultural fires. “Locals tend to think that…

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Air in Chiang Mai and Bangkok ranks as the world’s second and fifth most polluted today

Chiang Mai is ranked as having the world’s second-worst air pollution today, following Kathmandu in Nepal, while Bangkok is ranked fifth, according to the IQAir website, which measures air quality…

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Tourists unfazed by air pollution in Chiang Mai, hotels 70% booked

Hotels rooms in Chiang Mai are currently about 70% booked, many of them by foreign tourists, despite the worsening PM2.5 problem, according to Patsin Sawetrat, director of the Tourism Authority…

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Chiang Mai records world’s most polluted air today; staying indoors advised

Chiang Mai again ranks as the city with the worst air pollution in the world again today, as the provincial administration urges the public and private sectors to allow their…

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People in Chiang Mai treated for PM2.5-related diseases in 3 months

More than 30,000 people in Chiang Mai have received medical treatment at Nakhon Chiang Mai Maharaj Hospital for diseases related to PM2.5 air pollution during the first three months of…

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Chiang Mai experiences the world’s third worst air quality today

Chiang Mai is ranked as the city with the third highest level of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere today, measured at 128.2µg/m³, and an air quality index of 188 on…

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Air quality in Chiang Mai better today, but poor in eight northern provinces

Chiang Mai’s air quality slightly better today, as the air quality index (AQI) improved from the world’s worst for the past two days, to third most polluted city, according to…

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650,000 people treated for PM2.5-induced illnesses so far this year

More than 650,000 people have received medical treatment for illnesses caused by air pollution since the beginning of this year, particularly related to PM2.5, according to the Ministry of Public…

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World’s biggest flying lab comes to Asia on air pollution mission

Clark, Philippines – NASA has kicked off a series of c, in an ambitious mission to improve the models that help to forecast and fight air pollution. Millions of deaths each year are…

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Thailand’s PM2.5 issue discussed at international conference 

Thailand recently brought the PM2.5 situation in Thailand to the attention of international researchers at the conference titled the “Role and Fate of Forest Ecosystems in a Changing World” organized…

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Thailand pushes talks with Cambodia over transboundary pollution

The Thai government is accelerating efforts to hold talks with its Cambodian counterpart to address transboundary air pollution, which is posing an increasing threat to the health of people in…

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Will new air-quality laws cure Thailand’s smog-driven health crisis?

The ongoing push in Parliament to improve Thailand’s appalling record of air pollution offers hope that the decades-long threat to public health posed by PM2.5 smog could soon be curbed….

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Motorists asked to use public transport until Tuesday to ease air pollution

The Air Pollution Coordination and Resolution Centre is appealing for motorists to reduce the use of their private vehicles and switch to public transport until Tuesday, to limit the accumulation…

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Excessive PM2.5 pollution in Bangkok and 34 other provinces today

Air pollution in 35 provinces, including Bangkok, has exceeded the 37.5µg/m³ threshold today, according to the Pollution Control Department. Besides Bangkok, the other provinces affected are Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon…

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Morning haze, not mist, in and around Bangkok today

The opaque atmosphere in and around Bangkok during the morning hours of the past few days, including today, is not mist, but haze from the accumulation of PM2.5 dust in…

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All 50 districts of Bangkok suffering excessive PM2.5 dust in the air today

Air quality in all of Bangkok’s 50 districts has reached the health-threatening, or Orange level today, with the amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere ranging from 41.9μg-73.8μg (microns), the…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust in most of Bangkok on January 9.

Excessive PM2.5 dust in most of Bangkok today

The atmospheric PM2.5 pollution in 68 areas of Bangkok and surrounding provinces today exceed the standard threshold of 37.5μg (microns) today, including three areas where poor air quality has reached…

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File photo :L Pedestrians walk on an overpass as traffic snarls amid haze from air pollution in Beijing on November 1, 2023.

China air pollution worsens in 2023, first time in decade: study

Beijing, China – China’s air pollution worsened in 2023, the first time it has done so in a decade, a study released on Friday said.  “2023 is the first year that China’s…

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First air pollution clinic opens

The Department of Medical Services has set up the country’s first air pollution clinic, at Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital in a Bangkok suburb, to educate the public about the threats to…

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Samut Prakan has the world’s 9th worst air quality

Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Samut Prakan has been ranked having the world’s 9th worst air quality. The place has not enjoyed a single day of good air quality in 12…

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Serious air pollution forecast in and around Bangkok this weekend

The Pollution Control Department has warned residents of Bangkok and its suburbs that, from Friday to Sunday, air quality, especially in eastern Bangkok and southern Thon Buri, is likely to…

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Thailand’s causes of air pollution’s “Slow Violence” and its possibilities for the Clean Air.

Thailand’s polluted air has been a staggering issue for years now especially in the North where the air quality is reported to be detrimental to people’s health. But, as the…

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Danube river in Belgrade, Serbia, on April 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Earth is ‘really quite sick now’ and in danger zone in nearly all ecological ways, study says

Earth has pushed past seven out of eight scientifically established safety limits and into “the danger zone,” not just for an overheating planet that’s losing its natural areas, but for…

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Thailand’s new air quality standard to take effect on June 1st

Thailand has decided to implement a new PM2.5 standard level, reduced from 50 microns (microgram/cubic metre) to 37.5 microns, and a new air quality index (AQI) standard, reduced from 91…

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Protecting yourself from the harmful effects of haze

Fine air pollution particles are continuing to have adverse effects on the health of people around the country, as the air they are breathing has reached dangerous levels of pollution….

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Mae Chan district hospital now safe from forest fires

The Mae Chan district hospital in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai is operating as normal, even though forest fires are only about 1.5 km away. An evacuation plan is…

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Chiang Mai residents and tourists brave choking air pollution to celebrate Songkran

Apparently undeterred by the excessive PM2.5 air pollution, many residents and tourists, both Thai and foreign, spilled onto the Chiang Mai’s main roads this morning (Thursday) to celebrate the Songkran…

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Vietnam capital struggles with severe air pollution

Hanoi experienced severe air pollution on Monday (April 10) as the air quality index (AQI) in the Vietnamese capital climbed to 161, breaching the “unhealthy” level. “Even with this nice…

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Chiang Mai civic groups file class action suits against PM, NEB and SEC

Representatives of civic groups in Thailand’s Chiang Mai province filed class action lawsuits with the Provincial Administrative Court today (Monday) against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the National Environment Board (NEB)…

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Chiang Mai residents turn to sarcasm in desperation over PM2.5 pollution

A number of Chiang Mai’s residents have taken to social media to post sarcastic comments about the continuing air pollution, in desperation over government’s failure to address the problem. One…

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Chiang Mai governor asks employers to allow staff to work from home

As air pollution from PM2.5 dust and forest fire smoke in Chiang Mai has exceeded the safety level, with the problem likely to get worse, Governor Nirat Pongsitthavorn sought cooperation…

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Three villages in Chiang Mai declared pollution disaster zones

Three villages in Mueang and Hang Dong districts of Chiang Mai have been declared disaster zones by the provincial administration, as people in the northern capital are being choked by…

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Thailand seeks cooperation from neighbours to address cross border pollution

Thailand is seeking cooperation from neighbouring countries to address cross-border air pollution, which is seriously impacting the northern provinces of Thailand. Spokesperson for the Thai Foreign Ministry, Kanchana Patarachoke, said…

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Chiang Mai shrouded in dust, with excessive PM2.5 in many areas Saturday

Chiang Mai is choked with PM2.5 dust, as the level exceeds 50 microns in many areas, particularly in Mueang Na sub-district of Chiang Dao district, where it was measured at…

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Chiang Rai running out of air purifiers as pollution increases

Air purifiers are running out fast in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, as wealthier residents scramble to acquire the devices to ease the impacts of the choking air pollution…

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Interior Ministry refuses to declare polluted Mae Sai a disaster zone

The air pollution in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province has not reached a level that justifies the declaration of a disaster zone or the imposition of a curfew,…

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Over 3,400 people in Chiang Rai treated for respiratory conditions last week

More than 3,400 people in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, including 372 in Mae Sai district alone, were treated for respiratory conditions between March 19th and 26th, as they…

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Curfews considered in harsher measures to control forest and farm fires

The Thai government may resort to harsher measures, including curfews in some areas, to deal with the lighting of forest fires and burning of farm waste, Minister of Natural Resources…

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Proposals to address air pollution in Mae Sai to be submitted to government

The private sector and civic groups in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai have formulated short and long term measures to address airborne pollution, which is threatening livelihoods and the…

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Business as usual in Mae Sai district as residents struggle with dust and smoke

As PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai Province exceeded 710 microns this morning (Monday), it was business as usual for most residents, despite advice…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust in 21 northern and north-eastern provinces on Sunday

The level of PM2.5 dust in 21 northern and north-eastern provinces in the past 24 hours exceeded Thailand’s 50-micron safety level, with the PM2.5 in northern provinces being measured from…

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Fighting ultra-fine dust

Fine dust is back. It accumulates, covering parts of the city and many provinces. Individuals have been exposed to unhealthy levels of tiny air pollutants, known as PM 2.5, with sensitive people…

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Thailand to use 4 measures to control forest fires and air pollution

The Ministry of Interior has ordered all provinces to step up efforts to control forest fires, smoke and dust emissions with cooperation from all parties concerned. They must follow the…

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Over 1.3 million people in Thailand suffering air pollution-related diseases

About 1.32 million people in Thailand were affected by air pollution-related diseases between the beginning of the year and March 5th. A specialist in respiratory diseases and tuberculosis is warning…

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Excessive PM2.5 pollution in most of northern Thailand on Wednesday

PM2.5 dust in most northern provinces today (Wednesday) exceeds the safety level, being measured at between 61 and 200 microns. The situation is likely to deteriorate in the coming days,…

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Air pollution in Chiang Mai and Lampang reaches health-threatening level

PM2.5 dust levels in the atmosphere in 16 northern and north-eastern provinces have exceeded the 50-micron safety standard, but the fine dust in three areas of Chiang Mai and Lampang…

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Long-term air pollution exposure raises depression risk: studies

Long-term exposure to air pollution raises the risk of depression, according to a pair of new studies published in the JAMA network of scientific journals. A study published on Friday…

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Thailand to reduce the 50-micron of PM2.5 safety standard to 37.5 microns

Thailand will adjust the country’s standard safety level of air pollution from an average of 50 microns to 37.5 microns from June 1st, with the hope that this will help…

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Air pollution in and around Bangkok reaches dangerous level on Thursday

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) plans to step up air quality control measures in Bangkok and its suburbs after pollution in 14 areas reached the health-threatening “red level”, with the…

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Centres opening to cope with PM2.5 pollution as more people fall sick

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has instructed all provinces to prepare to open operations centres if the level of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere exceeds 50 microns for three consecutive…

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Poor air quality reported in 36 areas of Bangkok and suburbs on Monday

Air quality in 36 areas of Bangkok on Monday is below the safety standard, with the amount of PM2.5 dust exceeding the50 micron standard, according to the air4thai Facebook page…

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Rising smog prompts burning question: Can Thailand break PM2.5 cycle?

The COVID-19 crisis may have passed, but the threat from smog is back for the long term. Hazy skies are a sign that hazardous fine dust particles – which can…

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Heatwaves and wildfires to worsen air pollution: UN

More frequent and intense heatwaves and wildfires driven by climate change are expected to worsen the quality of the air we breathe, harming human health and ecosystems, the UN warned…

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Thailand’s new air quality standard to become effective in June 2023

The National Environmental Board has approved the Pollution Control Department’s proposal to tighten the air quality safety standard by reducing the safe amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere from…

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Excessive PM2.5 airborne dust in Bangkok and surrounding areas on Sunday

Air quality in Bangkok and its surrounding areas is below standard today (Sunday), with the level of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere measuring between 56 and 99 microns due to…

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Air quality deteriorating in Thailand’s northern, north-eastern regions

The air quality in several northern and north-eastern provinces, including Chiang Mai, is deteriorating to a level which may pose a risk to people’s health, due to an increase in…

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Excessive levels of PM2.5 dust detected in 28 areas of Bangkok on Monday

Poor air quality has been reported in 28 areas of metropolitan Bangkok today (Monday), with the amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere exceeding safety limits, mainly due to stagnant…

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Poor air quality in 53 areas of Bangkok, surrounding provinces, Lat Phrao the worst

Fifty-three areas of Bangkok and its surrounding provinces are experiencing air pollution today (Tuesday), with the amount of PM2.5 dust exceeding the standard 50-micron level, with the level on Lat…

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The World Bank estimates that air pollution-related healthcare expenses are equivalent to 4 percent of a country’s GDP. (Photo by Mladen Antonov / AFP)

All choking aside, is Thailand making progress in battle with air pollution?

Many Thais have developed a habit of checking the air quality index daily so they can take steps to protect themselves against lung-busting PM2.5 dust. However, the quest for clean…

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Experts confirm micro-plastic particles are present in the air we breathe

The Busan Research Institute of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that micro-plastic particles are present in the air we breathe. Plastic breaks apart into tiny fragments in the rivers…

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WHO says air pollution kills 7 mn a year, toughens guidelines

Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization strengthened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing seven million…

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255,000 people have received treatment for nose and eye irritation caused by pollution 

More than 255,000 people in Thailand’s northern provinces have received treatment for nose and eye irritation since the beginning of this year, mainly caused by excessive PM2.5 dust in the…

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Poor air quality in 68 areas of Bangkok and its suburbs on Thursday morning

People in most areas of Bangkok and its suburbs are having to deal with excessive amounts of PM2.5 dust on Thursday morning, but the pollution levels are expected to improve…

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33 provinces, including Bangkok to suffer air pollution until Sunday

Bangkok and 32 other provinces across Thailand are being affected by air pollution today (Thursday), with the likelihood that the problem will get worse tomorrow and Saturday, because of poor…

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Bangkok’s administration suspends construction to ease worsening air pollution

Developers of high-rise buildings and electric train projects in Bangkok have been told to suspend construction activities which increase the amount of dust particles in the air for a few…

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Increased PM2.5 forecast in southwest Bangkok on Thursday and Friday

People living in the southwestern part of Bangkok, as well as Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi provinces, are advised to brace for increasing PM2.5 in the atmosphere on Thursday and Friday,…

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China-Japan-South Korea agree to reduce plastic waste

Climate change, air pollution and marine debris are the major concerns in environmental cooperation between China, Japan and South Korea over the next five years. At the 21st Tripartite Environment…

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Residents on Rama II Road troubled by 2 years of construction works

Due to construction work, required to upgrade Rama II Road (Highway 35), which began in June and are expected to be completed by 2020, local residents along the route have…

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Phahonyothin road in Bang Khen district the worst affected area today

Phahonyothin road in Bang Khen district of Bangkok has surpassed Rama II road in Samut Sakhon as the worst-affected area from PM2.5 dust particles out of a total of 41…

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Prolonged air pollution can cause economic loss up to 6 billion baht 

The ongoing air pollution problem caused mainly by excessive amount of PM2.5 dust particles in and around Bangkok can cause economic damage estimated up to 6.6 billion baht if it…

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Air quality in and around Bangkok will remain bad for at least another day

Bangkokians will have to continue to bear with health-threatening air pollution for at least another day tomorrow as air quality at 22 traffic-congested areas in and around the city remains…

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