Chiang Mai upbeat about clean air despite poor readings

Chiang Mai upbeat about clean air despite poor readings

Governor claims that observations are better than they were last year, and that early-stage elimination and prevention efforts are beginning to pay off.

Chiang Mai upbeat about clean air despite poor readings
According to Chiang Mai government Nirat Wongsitthithavorn, air pollution in the northeastern province has improved since last year. ( Photo: Panumet Tanraksa )

According to provincial government Nirat Wongsitthithavorn, air quality in Chiang Mai has improved since last year and hope are rising for great air quality in the state and its primary city in the future.

He made the comment on Wednesday during a discussion about reducing waste and reducing it with members from 15 diplomats and consulate-general agencies in the state.

Mr. Nirat claimed that the Chiang Mai officials had put together a pollution prevention strategy to reduce the number of agricultural burning and forest fires.

Local officials have also been collaborating with people to reduce the amount of burning, including finding root reasons and remedies for land burning and creating jobs for those who forage for food like exotic vegetables in the bush.

This has helped to improve the epidemic position in the state, he said.

According to Mr. Niran, officials have also been collaborating with various organizations to reduce air pollution and stop fires within 24 hours. According to him, those methods are reducing fine particulates smaller than 2.5 microns ( PM2.5 ).

The highest PM2.5 reading in Chiang Mai in 2023 was 365 microgrammes per cubic metre (µg/m³ ), but so far this year the peak has been 162, Mr Niran said.

” We will work harder to ensure that our surroundings will be of a high quality levels, along with clear blue skies during dry periods to come,” he told the meeting.” The air quality has improved a bit from last year, as well as compared to the past, as well as compared to the past,” he said.

On Wednesday, representatives from 15 consulates and consulate-general offices in the northern province join the discussion on pollution control and mitigation. ( Photo: Panumet Tanraksa )

The governor was asked to take steps to reduce PM2.5’s negative effects, so tourists can visit Chiang Mai without worrying about their health.

The pollution situation in the province was still listed as “dangerous” on Wednesday, with at least 400 hotspots being detected by satellite.

The province has been covered in smog for weeks, with the main cause being wildfires in Chiang Mai, nearby provinces, and neighboring countries. reported that the Air Quality Index ( AQI ) in Chiang Mai was 157 as of 6pm on Wednesday, far above the safe threshold of 100 but down from 183 at 9am. The fine particle level was169 µg/m³, giving the province the worst air quality in the nation.

As of 9 o’clock in the morning, the fine dust level was 260 g/m3.

Satellite images and data from the Geo- Informatics and Space Technology Agency ( Gistda ) showed 411 hotspots in the province on Wednesday, with 83 in Chiang Dao district.

Satellite images on Tuesday showed that 561 hotspots had been found in Chiang Mai, the highest number in the northern region, followed by Mae Hong Son ( 499 ), Lamphang ( 242 ), Tak ( 207 ) and Uttaradit ( 152 ).