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    Petition to stop the smog

    You can sign it here, and it'll get sent to the PM soon.

    Sign our petition Breathe Campaign

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa
    Petition to stop the smeg
    Where do I sign?

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    On his balding pate.

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    Shouldn't it be a petition to get the lazy Thai Police to do their jobs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa View Post
    You can sign it here, and it'll get sent to the PM soon.

    Sign our petition Breathe Campaign
    I didn't know you were from across the border...

    Anyway, I, err, I mean The Midget has signed it. It's a shame that the majority of people who have signed it are not Thai.

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    The smog is part of the cultural heritage of rural Thailand. To keep things fair there should be a campaign and petition to keep the smog.

    It looks like mostly foreigners on that petition anyway and they should not be allowed to vote.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Shouldn't it be a petition to get the lazy Thai Police to do their jobs?

    its been tried, but they were too lazy to pay any attention to it

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    Right.

    As i'm a bit slow, i have to check the facts.

    From what i know, up north (rai-mai) there is a slash/burn policy. this policy exists as it's the most convenient method for (no money) farming.

    fast forward to now. Thailand is economically strong enough to not worry about saving a few 100 thousand baht Vs healthy lungs of it's inhabitants.

    Am i in the right zone?

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    Maybe, but smoky haze exaggerates the Rayleigh scattering effect on the diffuse radiation of the atmosphere to give unusually deep red sunsets which can be spiritually uplifting.

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    ^
    That's good enough right?

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    Especially after a couple of double dipped purple ohm's

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    Who was the Farang who threatened to burn down that shopping mall in Bangkok ? I don't see his name on there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwang View Post
    Who was the Farang who threatened to burn down that shopping mall in Bangkok ? I don't see his name on there
    Rory Blazer ?

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    Aljazeera actually headlined the smog problem of the north of Thailand/Laos/Cambodia, so it has become big news

    the lovely Yingluk (or so) has also said she will give it priority although nobody is sure what that means

    so send in your petition and they will probably burn it
    I have reported your post

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    Isn't the burning of rice fields at this time of years a traditional and common practise to release the nitrogen back into the soil. Hasn't this been going on for generations?

    It seems to me all the complaining is a bit like buying a house near an existing airport and then complaining about the noise.

    Sure sometimes it is worse than other years and I've experienced it in Indonesia where I couldn't see the fifth car parked in the street and could also see the haze in the corridor of the hotel. It passed.
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    It seems to me all the complaining is a bit like buying a house near an existing airport and then complaining about the noise.
    Indeed. Pollution from burning doesn't stray outside national borders.

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    Has the pollution from burning both inside and outside the borders changed over the years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    Isn't the burning of rice fields at this time of years a traditional and common practise to release the nitrogen back into the soil. Hasn't this been going on for generations?
    it is not just rice fields but also forest scrub/secondary growth

    burning may be the traditional way of doing things but is totally unecessary

    a little education and the burning would decrease to nothing over a few years

    the reasons the farmers give for burning is

    1. it kills the bugs/diseases so the next year will be less attacked ; this is nonsense as the bugs have buggered off by the time they burn, or are esconced underground waiting for the next crop. No noticeable difference in pests has been noted between burnt fields and ploughed-in fields

    2. It puts the minerals back in the soil ; well, it does put some back but a lot are also lost to the air as dust and smoke. Just ploughing the residual in keeps all the minerals to reuse, as well as keeping the weeds down

    of course, the serious health effects associated with burning are the big negative

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok
    Has the pollution from burning both inside and outside the borders changed over the years?
    there may be more pressure on the hillside areas as there have been more refugees over the years from Myanmar

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