Killer smog blankets Bangkok as Thailand issues health warnings

Gwen Vasquez
January 17, 2019

The strategy, which also looks to tackle home, farming and industrial pollutants, commits Britain to halving the number of people who live in areas breaching World Health Organization guidelines on pollution as poor air quality in British cities comes under scrutiny.

Ministers predict that the measures will save the United Kingdom £1.7bn in the cost of air pollution every year by 2020.

Stoves and open fires are now the single biggest source of particulate matter emissions, according to the Department for the Environment, which intends to restrict sales of wet wood for domestic burning and apply sulphur and smoke emission limits to all solid fuels.

Our future agriculture policy will involve financial rewards and incentives to help farmers reduce their ammonia emissions.

Asked about government plans to improve air quality while on a visit to Chiang Mai, Prayuth said the government alone can not solve the smog problem because "everyone has contributed to" it.

Under the new strategy the government will provide farmers with support to invest in infrastructure and equipment to reduce emissions and will work with industry to encourage low emission, holistic farming techniques.

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"The impacts to our health from PM2.5 are more subtle and it takes a long time before people get sick from air pollution, so many people and authorities underestimate the deadly threat from PM2.5 to our health", he said. 'Our ambitious strategy includes new targets, new powers for local government and confirms that our forthcoming Environment Bill will include new primary legislation on air quality.

BANGKOK is facing an air pollution crisis that has choked the capital since late previous year, with academicians warning of serious impact on public health and a threat to the economy. What it doesn't say is that those plans are in total disarray, so once again the government has missed a golden opportunity to clean up illegal levels of air pollution across the country and start protecting people's health.

"We have made strides forward over the past few years and the action we are taking today will save lives and improve the health of the nation - both for those of us here today and for generations to come".

'No one should have to breathe toxic air, especially not people with a lung condition or children whose lungs are still growing.

Officials have warned that the pollution cloud - a deadly mix of fine dust particles and other air pollutants - has become a serious threat to health.

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