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16 January, 2019, 18:31 | Author: Tara Reeves
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The technique involves dispersing chemicals into the air to aid cloud condensation, which should in theory result in rain.

An activist claims the smog now blanketing greater Bangkok comes from farmers burning sugarcane fields to make harvesting easier.

Air Visual, an independent online air quality index (AQI) monitor, pegged Bangkok at unhealthy levels measuring 156 AQI today.

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) should warn people on an hourly basis about air pollution, especially to protect vulnerable groups such as elderly people, children and sick people, and also adjust the country's PM2.5 safety standards to align with that of the WHO, Rungsrit said.

The amount of PM2.5 - airborne dust particles 2.5 microns in diameter or less - exceeded the safe level of 50 micrograms per cubic metre of air along roads in 19 places. It said that Bangkok's particulate matter (PM) figure is high but it is not a crisis yet. "We are not in the range of 120-150 where all people have to wear masks all the time when they are out".

The Thaiger publishes national air quality readings daily. In short: clean air helps you live longer.

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While the air quality has deteriorated to harmful levels over the past three days, Witsanu Attavanich, associate professor of economics at Kasetsart University said the situation was likely to remain at critical levels for no less than another month due to weather patterns and limited wind.

Women protective mask at the bus stop in heavy air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, January 14, 2019.

"Our current legal limits are twice as high as WHO recommendations, and too many people are still exposed to unsafe air pollution levels which puts the lung health of all of us at risk".

Thailand is set to deploy cloud-seeding planes, South Korea is stopping old cars from being driven on the road and Britain wants to phase out diesel-only trains as nations fight back to reduce air pollution shrouding their cities at the start of the new year.

"We urgently need these guidelines adopted into national law, to accelerate coordinated, bold and ambitious action that will protect people's heart and circulatory health wherever they live in the United Kingdom".

Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy is rated as having some of the world's most toxic air, caused mainly by construction, vehicle emissions, polluting factories and farmland burning.



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