The Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior have issued statements assuring members of the public that the administration is doing its best to address the issue of air pollution.
Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his concerns over the well-being of the people and instructed local provincial administrations to mitigate the problem, telling them to look after the health of their respective local residents.
Meanwhile, the Minister of the Interior advised people in affected areas to avoid engaging in prolonged outdoor activities and wear face masks when venturing outside. The agency also recommended youths, senior citizens and people suffering from respiratory illnesses seek medical attention as soon as they start exhibiting irregular respiratory symptoms.
The highest PM 2.5 level in Bangkok was recorded at Soi Ladphrao 95 by Ladphrao road in Bueng Kum district of Bangkok with 71 micrograms per cubic meter of air due to heavy morning traffic. Still air in many areas of Bangkok during this period provides favorable conditions for dust accumulation. Members of the public in affected areas should limit their outdoor activities and closely monitor the situation.
In the northern region, air quality levels today were measured from very good to starting to have health effects. The PM 2.5 level in the region today ranged from 16 to 71 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The PM 2.5 levels were recorded beyond healthy levels in Ban Tom subdistrict in Phayao, Phra Bat subdistrict in Lampang, Sob Pad subdistrict in Lampang, Ban Dong subdistrict in Lampang, Mae Mo subdistrict in Lampang, Ban Klang subdistrict in Lampoon, and Na Chak subdistrict in Phrae.
Water crisis center
Many provinces of Thailand are now facing a drought disaster, which is expected to be more severe than last year.
In response, the government has set up a special command center chaired by the Prime Minister, to handle the crisis and assist affected village.
The center will serve as a temporary cooperative center according to the Water Resources Act BE 2561 until the situation improves. The center will oversee operations, situational forecasts, management, crisis warnings, and public relations.
The government now expects the drought disaster this year to be very severe, and has ordered related agencies to prepare accordingly. The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has been ordered to address the issue in the most efficient and timely manner, requiring cooperation from related agencies to address pressing issues and make long-term water management plans.
Disparity worsens ocean pollution
Most of the Thai marine waste is plastics led by plastic debris (12%), Styrofoam boxes (10%), food wrappers (8%), plastic bags (8%), glass bottles (7%), plastic bottles (7%), and straws (5%).
Ocean plastic pollution is threatening humanity and Thailand cannot escape the blame as one of the world’s worst marine polluters. Although the government has pledged to tackle marine pollution, one thing is certain. Success is out of reach if the state authorities fail to engage local communities as equal partners.(more…)
ASEAN takes on Circular Economy as part of priority agenda
The circular ‘reuse-reduce-recycle’ approach promotes a more efficient use of resources, thereby contributing to ASEAN Member States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
Today, ASEAN Secretariat conducted an online workshop on Circular Economy. The workshop gathered relevant sectoral bodies to discuss the draft Framework for Circular Economy for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is one of the priority economic deliverables for Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN Chairmanship this year.(more…)
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