Thai Air Pollution Continues to be a Major Concern


On February 8th, 2024, the Thai Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation (MHESI), the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), and relevant agencies collaborated to address the escalating issue of PM 2.5 smoke in Thailand.

According to satellite data through the “Check Dust” application at 8:00 AM on February 8th, 2024, alarming levels of PM 2.5 were detected in 14 provinces across Thailand, posing health risks to respiratory systems.

The highest concentration was recorded in Mukdahan, with a staggering 110.9 micrograms per cubic meter, followed by Yasothon, Kalasin, Roi Et, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Phanom, Maha Sarakham, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Sakon Nakhon, Chai Nat, Udon Thani, and Nong Khai.

In Bangkok, the air quality remained relatively good, with PM 2.5 levels ranging from moderate to very good.
Furthermore, GISTDA reported 1,320 hotspots across Thailand on February 7th, 2024. These hotspots were predominantly located in protected forest areas, national forest reserves, agricultural areas, communities, and others.

Among the provinces with the highest number of hotspots, Kanchanaburi remained at the top with 338, followed by Chaiyaphum with 212 and Nakhon Ratchasima with 77.
Internationally, neighboring countries also faced significant hotspot challenges, with Myanmar reporting 1,059 hotspots, followed by Laos with 407, Cambodia with 351, and Vietnam with 215.

The “Check Dust” application leverages satellite technology coupled with artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze hourly PM 2.5 data nationwide. It incorporates data from the Department of Pollution Control, weather conditions from the Meteorological Department, as well as hotspot information to present users with comprehensive numerical and color-coded data for better understanding, according to GISTDA.

Citizens are advised to wear masks when outdoors to mitigate potential health risks, particularly those related to respiratory illnesses. For real-time updates on PM 2.5 levels, individuals can utilize the “Check Dust” application.

In related news, Thai officials have also suggested to stop burning incense for Chinese New Year to help stop air pollution.

This article originally appeared on our sister website The Pattaya News.

Adam Judd
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