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Air pollution after the rice harvest - but not only

Started by Johnnie F., Feb 23, 2019, 06:18 pm

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Johnnie F.

Not long after the rice harvest the farmers prepare their land for the next planting season. That brings quite lot of problemsthe Bangkok Post writes "In Nakhon Ratchasima the PM2.5 levels yesterday rose to 48 µg/m³ and PM10 to 79 µg/m.³ Air pollution in the Northeast is a result of open burning to clear land for corn harvesting and for construction of a high-speed train project."

Last week they dug the river behind my house again to make the shore higher. Of course they burn the vegetation at the side. Anything else would be too much work. So protecting the environment in Thailand  comes with a burden first. Let's hope they don't let this go off balance in the wrong direction!

Johnnie F.

And the government can issue lots of bans against burning of fields etc. to keep people from damaging each other's health, but seems unable to break this habit. Bangkok Post reports:On Sunday morning, smoke from nearby burning sugarcane fields reduced visibility in many villages in tambon Khok Kra Buang of Ban Luam district. Nual Pruna, 73, a villager in Ban Luam district who suffers from allergies, said the smoke has worsened her condition. Other villagers are also suffering from respiratory problems."