Zero tolerance is playing with fire
The government's ongoing ban on burning in the North flies in the face of scientific evidence that shows controlled burns such as those initiated by highland villagers lead to healthier forests and lessen the chances for devastating out of control conflagrations
A zero-tolerance burning policy for the North has been declared, but we should step back and consider the pros and cons before proceeding with it. It's not very fashionable in the dry northern region to advocate forest fires these days, and that's not my aim. What I'm saying is that we should concentrate on fuel management.
NO SMOKE WITHOUT THE FIRE: Smoke from a burning forest fills the sky in Chiang Mai province, a common sight in the dry season.
With summertime comes low atmospheric pressure, especially during March and April. In the past five years, the greenhouse effect and the annual smoke screen that results from the "burning season" have become bitter issues. Much as I would like to avoid adding fuel to the fire (pardon the pun), I would like to present some food for thought.
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