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Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

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Heh heh.... in terms of Haze/Smog air pollution videos and the health effects, this would be THE BOMB wai2.gif Though the emphasis is more on China.

There is heckloads of info there. There are some disturbing scenes though, be warned.

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I also found the Northern Thailand haze video on youtube. Embedding it here for easy reference :

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Hey guys, by the way, air purifiers work. I think most of the folks have one or a couple here......but in case there are still some disbelievers, this is something that I recorded during the ending portion of the haze season here in Singapore. lol!

PS. One is a Samsung (Samsung AX40), 2 are China Air Purifiers (Midea KJ30FE and MFresh M8088A)

The 3 gadgets are air quality meters with laser particle counter modules.

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It's actually Super El Nino conditions right now, though the effects are felt mainly over Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

I'm not sure how it'd affect Thailand esp Northern Thailand. Some articles do point a certain effect for Central and NE Thailand.

Eg https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/326165

http://ethailand.com/business-news/droughts-predicted-for-2016/1306/

Authorities predict that Thailand is likely to encounter a drought crisis in 2016 which may be the worst recorded in the past 50 years.

Dr Seree Suparatit, Director of Climate Change and Disasters in Rangstit University, said that in 2016 the drought crisis is the most crucial impact from El Nino. Water levels from large reservoirs such as Chao Phraya river could be reduced by 40% in comparison to the previous year. This can affect water consumption in various industries, especially agriculture.

Might need these later! coffee1.gif

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Seems like Lampang and Chiang Mai are getting hit and situation's deteriorating day by day.

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Seems to no longer be an active site as the last couple of years it was regularly updated. None of the maps, including your link, has been updated since December 24/25, 2015. Hope they fix it as it was a good point of reference.

Couple of other Firemap locations:

https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/firemap/

http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/imagery/firemaps/firemap.2016011-2016020.2048x1024.jpg

This site you can get a Google Earth kml file to display - https://earthdata.nasa.gov/earth-observation-data/near-real-time/firms/active-fire-data

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PM2.5 levels are very high at the moment, 4 times above average, can someone explain this, skies look relativity clear today.

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PM2.5 levels are very high at the moment, 4 times above average, can someone explain this, skies look relativity clear today.

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Can't be bothered with explain and analyzing the horrible situation have to catch my flight to Indonesia see ya in May.

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So what is the situation now? We were thinking of going to Chiang Mai for a few days next week. If the pollution is bad already, we might as well give up. Please advise.

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So what is the situation now? We were thinking of going to Chiang Mai for a few days next week. If the pollution is bad already, we might as well give up. Please advise.

At the moment it hasn't seemed very bad in my perspective, suspect the cold snap maybe part of the reason and a new cold snap is just starting. For the last two weeks below.

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I'm heading to Northern Vietnam next week for the month with the burn season in mind. Hopefully it's clear over there.

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So what is the situation now? We were thinking of going to Chiang Mai for a few days next week. If the pollution is bad already, we might as well give up. Please advise.

Doi Suthep is already barely visible.

PM10 max of 89 (almost twice the WHO dangerous limit of 50.

http://aqicn.org/city/thailand/chiangmai/yupparaj-wittayalai-school/

I'd skip the trip to CM if I was you. Choose a less poisonous destination for your holiday.

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Saw online today Thai government encouraging people to call and report people burning. I have hope for progress. This is the first year banning it so it'll take a while to sort out.

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Saw online today Thai government encouraging people to call and report people burning. I have hope for progress. This is the first year banning it so it'll take a while to sort out.

It would be very helpful if you could give us the number the Government wants us to call if we see a fire burning.

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Saw online today Thai government encouraging people to call and report people burning. I have hope for progress. This is the first year banning it so it'll take a while to sort out.

It would be very helpful if you could give us the number the Government wants us to call if we see a fire burning.

Found this article from last year.

Marchitelli says it all began when she tried to report a fire near her house by calling 1784, the so-called 24-hour hotline for reporting illegal burning that was publicised by deputy governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri in early 2013. It rang and rang, to no avail. Then, she found another hotline, 1362, which supposedly connects callers to the Forest Fire Control Division of Chiang Mai. Again, no answer. (CityNews tried both hotlines with the same results.)

“Then I called the Department of National Parks, who transferred me to a woman who said you can report here but we don’t have the budget for the reward,” says Marchitelli.

Indeed, the local government has been talking a lot lately about a 5,000 baht reward for reporting burners. But Marchitelli notes that there is no information on how to get it.

“It seems like they’ve made this ‘reward’ scheme quite bureaucratic,” says Marchitelli. “By the time you’ve done what they require to get the incentive, the fire is probably out.”

The woman on the phone eventually told Marchitelli that she would have to call the Office of Environmental Protection to report the fire and claim her reward, but first she would have submit a police report with as much documentation as possible.

Full article here - Chiang Mai CityNews

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Article from January 14, 2016. So the solution to the burning problem is to allow burning. biggrin.png

New Burning Schedue Ordered in an Attempt to Tackle Smoke Issue

The schedule below has been set out in an attempt to reduce the levels of smoke per day in Chiang Mai.

1 – 10 January 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Doi Tao, Mae Taeng, Mae Wang, Doi Saket, Hod
5 – 15 January 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: San Pa Tong, Chom Thong, Sameng, Wiang Haeng
11 – 20 January 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Mae Jam, Mae On, Phrao, Fang
16 – 23 January 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Om Koi, Chia Prakarn, Kanlayaniwattana
26 January – 5 February 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Doi Lo, San Sai, Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao
6 – 16 February 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Hang Dong, Saraphi, Sankampaeng, Mae Rim, Mae Ai

The governor has asked for cooperation in order to reduce smoke and reduce the amount of unnecessary fires. Anyone found burning outside of the allotted time will be prosecuted.

Chiang Mai CityNews

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Article from January 14, 2016. So the solution to the burning problem is to allow burning. biggrin.png

New Burning Schedue Ordered in an Attempt to Tackle Smoke Issue

The schedule below has been set out in an attempt to reduce the levels of smoke per day in Chiang Mai.

1 – 10 January 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Doi Tao, Mae Taeng, Mae Wang, Doi Saket, Hod

5 – 15 January 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: San Pa Tong, Chom Thong, Sameng, Wiang Haeng

11 – 20 January 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Mae Jam, Mae On, Phrao, Fang

16 – 23 January 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Om Koi, Chia Prakarn, Kanlayaniwattana

26 January – 5 February 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Doi Lo, San Sai, Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao

6 – 16 February 2016: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm: Hang Dong, Saraphi, Sankampaeng, Mae Rim, Mae Ai

The governor has asked for cooperation in order to reduce smoke and reduce the amount of unnecessary fires. Anyone found burning outside of the allotted time will be prosecuted.

Chiang Mai CityNews

I doubt the people starting the fires are aware of any schedule!

San Kamphaeng has been burning everyday since end of rice harvest. Hills been burning for a few weeks already. I guess it looks dandy on paper, & slaps on the backs all round for the civil servants that are on top of this problem coffee1.gif

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I think the situation's deteriorating, slowly but surely. Day by day.......

Here's today's satellite map.

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I think the situation's deteriorating, slowly but surely. Day by day.......

Here's today's satellite map.

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It was truly horrid out there this evening.

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I wonder how many customers are lost by this ridiculous burning every year.

20 years or more in the UK they used to burn straw off cuts,until they passed a law "no more straw burning" and guess what farming still goes on,and so does getting rid of the straw stubble !

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Saw online today Thai government encouraging people to call and report people burning. I have hope for progress. This is the first year banning it so it'll take a while to sort out.

It would be very helpful if you could give us the number the Government wants us to call if we see a fire burning.

The emergency number

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so, this morning I cannot see Doi Suthep - it's in a heavy fog. Is this smog? dirty air? caused primarily by burning? PMI index readings still saying "clean air".

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