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Thai Prime Minister Signs Clean Air Bill During Visit to Chiang Mai to Tackle Air Pollution


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In cities, banning ICE vehicles and burning, like BBQ vendors, makes a lot of sense. You remove millions of pollution producers and replace them with a handful of powerful polluters outside the cities.

 

This way cities produce little air pollution themselves.

 

Now you go to cap pollution on these few large targets, where small actions bring large effects. Particle filters in thermal power plants, as well as capturing the CO2 and redirecting it to greenhouses to increase growth, and using heat generated for some other benefits, like supplying hot water nearby so residences no longer require water heaters, etc. There are many things that could be done.

 

But challenges remain the large scale burning of agricultural land and forest clearing, which cause environmental devastation and vast amounts of air pollution. But Indonesia, when there was still political will, did a lot about that. By using satellites to identify fires, and penalise land owners by banning use or confiscation of land for repeat offenders.

 

There are ways. But is Thailand having a political will beyond signing a piece of paper to put anything into practice? Yet to see, but not holding my breath.

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55 minutes ago, tomazbodner said:

In cities, banning ICE vehicles and burning, like BBQ vendors, makes a lot of sense. You remove millions of pollution producers and replace them with a handful of powerful polluters outside the cities.

 

This way cities produce little air pollution themselves.

 

Now you go to cap pollution on these few large targets, where small actions bring large effects. Particle filters in thermal power plants, as well as capturing the CO2 and redirecting it to greenhouses to increase growth, and using heat generated for some other benefits, like supplying hot water nearby so residences no longer require water heaters, etc. There are many things that could be done.

 

But challenges remain the large scale burning of agricultural land and forest clearing, which cause environmental devastation and vast amounts of air pollution. But Indonesia, when there was still political will, did a lot about that. By using satellites to identify fires, and penalise land owners by banning use or confiscation of land for repeat offenders.

 

There are ways. But is Thailand having a political will beyond signing a piece of paper to put anything into practice? Yet to see, but not holding my breath.

Pass a bill banning farming on recently burned and cleared land and confiscate crops grown on such land. Simple. Just no one wants the bother of policing it

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