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  1. tropico

    Dengue vaccination/ where?

    According to several sources Chiang mai is one of the worst places in Thailand in terms of number of people affected. Several thousands recorded cases every year!
  2. They should also ask Thais why they think that foreigners have that kind of perception! What make them think like that?
  3. I think it is clear what many people feel about the red songtaews. it is not just a couple of people complaining. they are often offering a service that is not good enough! I definitely support Uber and I always try to pay more then what is the price just in appreciation of the service. I still would like to see a public transportation system that is reliable, modern and cheap enough for locals.
  4. I seldom see more than 2-3 people inside red songtaews. And most the time they go around empty. I still think that they make worse the traffic of Chiang Mai and I rather have an affordable, more modern and reliable public transportation system. The white and blue songtaews is another story and i think they might still be necessary for people that commute from the outside the city.
  5. A delegation of songtaew drivers went to complain again against Uber and grab taxi because it seems that, since these services have started, songtaew drivers have seen less profits. I understand their issue since there is no law regulating such services but the law itself need a reform because it is outdated. Beside this, I think that these services have brought finally a choice and people can decide what to use instead than the usual songtaews. I personally like the service that Uber offer and I did use them instead of other services. I also think that somebody might still need songtaews but there a bit too many around and their service should be regulated as well. Instead of 2500 of them perhaps just 500 might be enough. However the way it works now I think there is no limit in the number of these "cars". Beside making the traffic worse, polluting and often requesting unreasonable fares, they are outdated and I feel hat the city needs a proper public transportation that works! I'd like to start a petition myself for removing unnecessary songtaews and have them regulated as well. Got to improve and go farward for improving viability and reduce pollution. Not saying this is the only problem on the road but should start from somewhere!!
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    Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    The initial funding of 200,000 usd was only for proposal writing. Millions came after that, but I am sure it is like you said that there is lots of distribution!. Still, I'd like to know how the money are spent in order to limit emission from forest loss or forest burning.
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    Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    “Thailand is an active participant in the global climate change dialogue and a champion for carbon emission reduction,” said Thanya Netithammakun, Director General from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. “We are pleased that the FCPF has recognized our efforts and has granted us additional funding to finance specific activities that will help us further protect our forests and slow the pace of climate change.” An initial grant of $200,000 was provided to Thailand in 2011 to develop a REDD+ proposal. With additional funding, the project will support the development of Thailand’s national REDD+ strategy that will aim to reduce forest loss through conservation, long lasting management and livelihoods for local communities. In addition, the project will assist Thailand in developing a monitoring system to measure greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental and social safeguards will also be monitored closely, and consultations will be held with ethnic groups, communities and other stakeholders to ensure their participation in the overall strategy development. this was from a world bank website!!! i'd really like to know how is the money spent!!
  8. tropico

    Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    So what do you think now? Still convinced that the air is great and that it is perfectly healthy?
  9. tropico

    Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    No sir it's just a conspiracy...I think the air is great!! I feel good!!
  10. tropico

    Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    You still did not provide any data supporting your theory! How "you feel" cannot be considered research output material. Like I said before you are free to think whatever you want but I am sure there is a lot of people concerned with the air quality and they share the same worries as I do because they understand the possible dangers! Then if you say that Los Angeles (just example) is way worse than here it might be true but I don't think that people in Chiang Mai are concerned with that. They are concerned about the air quality in here!!
  11. tropico

    Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    yes you are right this is not appropriate. But again if I chose one of the worst cities in Europe (Milan) and you look at the annual average pm2.5 it is still lower than here. And Milan has 1.5 million people. i think it's undeniable that the air quality at Chiang Mai is not good during burning season!
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    Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    of course there are other parameters to take into consideration beside pm2.5 therefore there is more to know before giving conclusions. However because of the data and the nature of the pollution I believe that CM air is not healthy. If you believe otherwise than good for you
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    Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    what is 500? look at the table chart below. the worst country in Europe is Bulgaria with annual average concentrations of about 35 micrograms/m3. Chiang Mai averages 54 micrograms/m3 show me some data. first you accused me of making fake claims and i provided you with some references ....i haven't seen anything that proves your theory and that would suggest Chiang Mai air is healthy.