Hazy Days: Off-the-charts pollution in the City of Angels is making the citizens quite ill
07.03.2008 -17 °C
A quaint headline in today’s free daily, the Daily Xpress. Actually it wasn’t much of a story – Bangkok has more than twice as much particulate pollution as anywhere else in Thailand, gasp! (Cough, splutter.) Bangkok has 2.5 million cars, the rest of the country 3.9 million.
Here's a main road (Rama I) in Bangkok, with the Skytrain running above it:
Last weekend the concentration of PM10s reached 206 μg/m3 in Din Daeng and 140 μg/m3 in Bang Kungthien; the government’s defined ‘safe’ level is 120 μg/m3. Concentrations rise when the weather is cool, relatively speaking, as it has been. Like many others, I’ve been wearing a mask in the street.
See cleanairnet for up-to-date information.