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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Businessmen donate 50,000 N95 face masks to the poor in Mae Sai district

A group of businessmen in Mae Sai district of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai have donated money to buy 50,000 N95 face masks, for distribution to residents of the…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust affects 52 areas in Bangkok and suburbs

The amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere in 52 areas in Bangkok and its suburbs today (Friday) exceeds safety standards and may have adverse health effects, with the likelihood…

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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’s worsening PM2.5 problem is lost in the fog of politics

Despite making Thailand’s haze crisis national agenda in 2019, the government has made little progress in meeting people’s need for clean air. The slow response has allowed seasonal PM2.5 dust…

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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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Air quality in 24 districts in Bangkok exceeds standard safety level

Air quality in Bangkok is getting worse, with the amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere exceeding the standard level of 50 microns (microgram/cubic metre) being reported in 24 out…

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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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Additional air quality monitoring stations to be set up in Chiang Mai

Two air quality monitoring stations will be set up, in addition to the existing four in Chiang Mai province, to monitor smoke and dust from forest fires, which are expected…

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Poor air quality reported in 12 districts of Bangkok on Thursday

Air quality in some areas of 12 of Bangkok’s 50 districts today (Thursday) is below standard, with the amount of PM2.5 dust exceeding 50 microns, according to the “air4thai” website…

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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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Excessive PM2.5 Chiang Rai, with 430 microns reported in Wiang Pang Kham

Fires in the Kiew Tap Yung forest, which straddles the Muang and Mae Chan districts of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, have increased the amount of PM2.5 dust in…

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