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Air Quality Improves in Bangkok, Wildfires Worsen in North

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PRESS RELEASE: Bangkok residents are set to experience improved air quality this week, with PM2.5 pollutant levels predicted to decrease in the days ahead. The Air Quality Monitoring Centre of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), known...

Chiang Mai Forests Ravaged by Wildfires

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PRESS RELEASE: Fires have devastated approximately 30,000 rai (4,800 hectares) of forest across three districts in Chiang Mai province, according to local officials. The blazes, which began about a week ago, have primarily affected the Ob...

Prime Minister Proposes UN-Backed Pollution Funds

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PRESS RELEASE: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin recently proposed the creation of pollution mitigation funds in collaboration with the United Nations to support lower-income countries in combating pollution, specifically targeting fine particulate matter (PM2.5). The suggestion was...

Bid to Extend Legal Alcohol Sales Time Rejected Again By Thai Government Panel

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National — A Thai government committee has dropped, for the second time, a proposal to extend the afternoon alcohol sale time in response to activists' pleas. However, the Public Health Minister has not completely dismissed...

Royal Thai Navy Implements Air Treatment Machines to Combat Air Pollution in Bangkok

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Bangkok— On February 16th, 2024, Admiral Worawut Pruksarungruang, the Chief of Naval Staff, performed a field inspection on installing air treatment machines to reduce air pollution, and PM 2.5 dust, in the Bangkok area. The...

Thai Government Implements Measures to Combat Illegal Burning and Improve Air Quality

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National— On February 15th, 2024, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul disclosed directives following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Governors were instructed to conduct field inspections and engage communities to halt illegal agricultural...

Minister Puangpet Leads Crackdown on Illegal E-Cigarettes Sales

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PRESS RELEASE: Puangpet Chunlaiad, Minister attached to the Office of the Prime Minister, on Thursday led the crackdown on the sale of electronic cigarettes in Khlong Thom area of Pom Prap Sattru Phai district in...

Bangkok Chokes on Heavy Air Pollution, Ranking Among World’s Worst

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National — Bangkok is struggling with a severe air pollution crisis, with PM 2.5 levels exceeding international standards and ranking the city seventh worst globally for poor air quality. On February 14th, 2024, IQAir, an air...

Thai Government Delays Proposed Recreational Cannabis Ban to Seek More Input

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National — The proposed legislation that would ban recreational cannabis use in Thailand has been delayed by the government to gather further public feedback, according to Public Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew. Following Tuesday's cabinet meeting, Minister...

Air Pollution Crisis Escalates with Hotspots Surge

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PRESS RELEASE: The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) reported detecting nearly 6,000 hotspots across neighboring countries on Sunday (Feb 11), with Cambodia accounting for the majority at over 4,000. Satellite data from the Suomi...
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