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    Haze returns to Bangkok as airborne dust levels soar in 34 districts

    Thirty-four districts in Bangkok have excessive amounts of PM2.5 dust in air today (Sunday) as the haze returns to the city, according to the coordinating centre for solving air pollution in the capital.

    The levels of airborne PM2.5 dust were measured at 50-72 microns over the past 24 hours, with Lat Krabang district being the worst-hit area, measured at 72 microns.


    Meanwhile, airvisua.com placed Bangkok 9th on the US AQI rankings today.


    The top ten AQI rankings are:


    CITY AQI

    1. Lahore in Pakistan 239
    2. Hanoi in Vietnam 238
    3. Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia 198
    4. Delhi in India 189
    5. Mumbai in India 174
    6. Phnom Penh in Cambodia 172
    7. Sofia in Bulgaria 171
    8. Yangon in Myanmar 165
    9. Bangkok 164
    10. Dhaka in Bangladesh 163



    In northern Thailand, Air4Thai application reports that today PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere was measured at 22-70 microns, with the highest level in Tambon Nachak of Phrae province.
    Excessive amounts of dust was also reported in:



    • Tambon Mae Pa, in Mae Sot district of Tak province
    • Tambon Naiwiang in Muang district of Nan
    • Tambon Ban Tom in Muang district of Phayao province
    • Tambon Phra Baat in Muang district of Lampang
    • Tambon Sob Pad in Mae Moh district of Lampang
    • Tambon Mae Moh in Mae Moh district of Lampan
    • Tambon Wiang Pangkham in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai


    Haze returns to Bangkok as airborne dust levels soar in 34 districts – Thai PBS World

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    How are the sprinklers faring JP?

    90% of that list is Asia

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    Hua Hin
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    its pretty bad here in hua hin, a seaside town not noted for its pollution. but the farmers and householders burn shit in their gardens and fields every night and nobody stops them.

    very grey and hazy this morning

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    A nice breathable 54 down here.

    If you look on the AQI website Saraburi Police Station comes up as 382

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    A good Android app for seeing current and next 24hrs air pollution is Plume. The graphics are amateur-ish but I've been using it for the last month and it's accuracy is very good, for example I could see last night that going for a walk this morning would have been a bad idea.

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    Where I am in Florida at the moment, the PM 2.5 count is a very healthy 6.

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    Here is part of the problem: two measurements from two apps; both from the same place and day (not today); the one on the left is the 'official' version


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    Yeah when it gets really bad all the Thai measurements go on the blink.
    I don’t think anyone bothers with them anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Here is part of the problem: two measurements from two apps; both from the same place and day (not today); the one on the left is the 'official' version

    I wonder how many sites routinely check their equipment? A school ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    I wonder how many sites routinely check their equipment? A school ?
    Most if not all schools have monitoring stations, hospitals and the like too, and the readings are taken and collated from those. A friend of mine even has one at their home.

    They pretty reliable and infallible, certainly more so than the 'official' readings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    How are the sprinklers faring JP?

    90% of that list is Asia
    No idea. Not there. Wife used them and said it was nice whatever that means. However she says the skies are blue and quite clear.

    Sattahip area is absolute shit. I cannot even see the islands out across the water.

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    It was only a few months ago that dill was crowing about the eastern seaboard being a much better choice than the north, due to the lack of pollution.

    Things change fast.

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    You do have the industry of Rayong down there but the air quality was far better than Bangkok or Chiang Mai in burning season..

    Itll be worse here between July and October when Indonesia start burning and replanting their palm oil.

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    Fookin lovely in KL this week.

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    Overall, the North area where I live has always had really good air for the most part. Sadly CM is horrific. Its bad when you can see this thick ugly layer of smoke up against the mountains trying to get out.

    I always thought that the ocean area would have descent air quality as you have the ocean breeze to keep it pushed back. Not here apparently. I am looking across the ocean right now and somewhere out there are islands. Maybe I can see them in a few days. You can smell the smoke when I walk out to the beach area.

    Some day the Thai folk will learn and see what they are doing to their environment. It will take the older ignorant generation to die off first though. You are not going to stop 60 year old Somchai and his band of uneducated workers from burning his fields. Its all about money.

    Again though, Its just another season. Just deal with it and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Fookin lovely in KL this week.
    Anywhere from Chumphon south doesn't suffer from this nonsense, and these are the sensible places to live in Thailand. Why would anyone emigrate to the tropics and then choose to live nowhere near the sea, worst of all in landlocked northern Thailand which for the first five months of the year is grim due to dust then 40 celcius temperatures.

    KL has everything Chiang Mai has by way of quality of life, and a whole lot more.

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    ^ Chiang Mai is not on that recent list. It’s been very nice here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClimateCatastrophe View Post
    KL has everything Chiang Mai has by way of quality of life, and a whole lot more.
    You must be finding it a bit nippy after Cardiff though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ClimateCatastrophe
    Why would anyone emigrate to the tropics and then choose to live nowhere near the sea, worst of all in landlocked northern Thailand which for the first five months of the year is grim due to dust then 40 celcius temperatures.
    Why would anyone emigrate to the tropics, leave, and then spend the remainder of their life obsessively fixated on it?


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    Obsessed he is. You’d think he would spend some time making his own forum or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ Chiang Mai is not on that recent list. It’s been very nice here.
    Not according to the news reports of recent weeks. Lost your specs?

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Obsessed he is.
    It wound take an obsession to refer to a forum member with 6 posts as he.


    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Why would anyone emigrate to the tropics, leave, and then spend the remainder of their life obsessively fixated on it?

    You'll have to ask people who've done at least one, and preferably all three, of those things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    You’d think he would spend some time making his own forum or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ Chiang Mai is not on that recent list. It’s been very nice here.
    Lampang has been beautiful and cool for some time now. Funny I'd rather be there then near the beach right now. Appears from Sri Racha to near Rayong is smoked in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Here is part of the problem: two measurements from two apps; both from the same place and day (not today); the one on the left is the 'official' version
    Don't spoil it for the alarmists! off course you are going to get different readings in different areas! I live in Udon Thani - 12km from the city centre, currently it is showing 157 AQI on an independent monitor in UT city, out here at the house it is 43 on two independent monitors that I have, the city centres are always a lot worse due to the added traffic pollution load, same place, different areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo
    off course you are going to get different readings in different areas!
    two measurements from two apps; both from the same place and day
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