Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - Overall air quality remained at unhealthy levels in northern Thailand, particularly in the provinces of Phrae and Phayao, as of February 18. In Bangkok and neighbouring provinces, the concentration of dust particles rose but was within safety limits. The Pollution Control Department advised that levels of particulate matter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) in the air in greater Bangkok measured between 12 and 31 micrograms per cubic meter. The PM2.5 levels increased at almost all air-monitoring stations, but they remained below the danger level, set at 50 micrograms per cubic meter. People can still engage in outdoor activities at this time. In the North, air quality ranged from moderate to unhealthy. Fine dust pollution exceeded the safety threshold in a number of areas, including Mae Sot district in Tak province, Muang Nan and Chaloem Phra Kiat districts in Nan province, Muang Phayao district in Phayao province, Muang Lampang and Mae Moh districts in Lampang … [Read more...] about Dust particles in air increase in greater Bangkok
Toyota Gazoo Racing's South African driver Giniel de Villiers (right) and his Spanish co-driver Alex Haro Bravo are pictured in Jeddah on Jan 4, 2020, ahead of the 2020 Dakar Rally. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP) Alonso suffered his first major problem in his maiden Dakar appearance when he ground to a halt when his near front wheel "completely ripped off". … [Read more...] about De Villiers wins Dakar second stage, Alonso loses wheel
Nguyen The Chinh, head of the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment, was one of the participants at a conference on releasing the research work on the impact of air pollution on Vietnam’s economy which found that economic losses could be up to $10.82-13.63 billion, or 4.4-5.6 percent of GDP, if using the 2018 prices. … [Read more...] about Are the estimates about air pollution’s effects on the economy reliable?
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s cement industry saw strong growth in cement exports in the first quarter of this year as many Chinese cement factories shut down due to pollution and power shortages. Nguyen Quang Cung, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Building Material Association, made the announcement at a press conference on Vietbuild, held in the central city of Da Nang on April 17. According to him, cement production in Vietnam in the first quarter of 2018 increased by 18 percent year-on-year, marking the first time it had reached high growth against an annual surge of some 10 percent. Meanwhile, the industry’s cement exports in the first quarter of 2018 rose 68 percent over the same period last year. The strong growth was due to the policy change of the Chinese government towards cement production, Cung said. China must close a series of cement plants from November 15, 2017, to March 15, 2018, because of environmental pollution and a shortage of electricity during the … [Read more...] about Cement exports surge as China’s production drops
Ecological expert Nguyễn Hữu Thiện. — Photo nongnghiep.vn Ecological expert Nguyễn Hữu Thiện speaks to Nông Nghiệp Việt Nam (Việt Nam’s Agriculture) newspaper on the need for clearer environmental regulations for thermopower plants in the Mekong Delta to reduce risks to the region’s aquatic resources … [Read more...] about Deeper look into ecological costs of coal-fired power in Mekong Delta needed: expert