BMA aims for cleaner, safer air

BMA aims for cleaner, safer air

A couple take in the view as haze shrouds the Bangkok skyline early last month. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)
A couple take in the view as haze shrouds the Bangkok skyline early last month. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to elevate the PM2.5 safety standard from 50 to 37.5 µg/m³.

Chatree Wattanakhajorn of the BMA also said that the one-year average will likewise be lifted from 25 to 15 µg/m³ as per World Health Organization air quality standards.

Mr Chatree said the BMA's plan for this year aims to coordinate with other government agencies to tackle sources of pollution.

The BMA will also seek public participation to improve air quality in areas such as car maintenance, he said.

BMA pollution control operations will likewise be improved, he said, to ensure they align with new safety standards.

The BMA will enforce Euro 6 exhaust standards on cars this year to improve health standards, he added.

A National Environment Board meeting has reported that the PM2.5 pollution situation in Bangkok and 17 Northern provinces has improved with decreasing levels over the past year. The meeting reported that hotspots in the North fell by 69%.

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Vocabulary

  • average: an amount calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts - เฉลี่ย, ค่าเฉลี่ย
  • coordinate: to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively - ประสานงานกัน
  • exhaust (noun): the waste gas from an engine, especially a car's, or the pipe the gas flows through - ควันท่อไอเสีย
  • operation: an activity which is planned to achieve something - การดำเนินการ
  • quality: the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is - คุณภาพ
  • tackle: to make an organised and determined attempt to deal with something - จัดการ, รับมือ
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