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  • Smog levels start to climb in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

    Mar 17 2016

    THE AMOUNT of small particulate matter of up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces has gone beyond safety levels for two consecutive days, while the readings in other provinces in the North remained within the safe level of 120 micrograms per cubic metre.

    The Pollution Control Department (PCD) yesterday said the Chiang Mai smog situation with PM10 readings averaging at 63-68 micrograms has not had a negative effect on local peoples' health, even though yesterday's readings peaked at 149 micrograms in Chiang Dao district following a reading of 184 micrograms on Tuesday.

    The PCD admitted that the smog might affect visibility slightly as the...

  • China: Beijing man photographs three years' worth of smog from his window

    Mar 17 2016

    Beijing (CNN) -- The view from Zou Yi's window is fickle. Some days he can see every detail of the Beijing Television skyscraper across the way. Some days he can hardly see it at all. Such is daily life for the millions who live under Beijing's polluted skies. What makes Zou unique is his steadfastness in documenting the city's air quality -- every day for three years. Each morning before going to work, Zou first takes a picture of the skyscraper from his thirteenth floor living room. No matter whether it's an endearing blue sky or a hazardous haze, he posts the picture on social media along with the air quality index. "I want the pictures to speak for me," Zou told CNN....

  • Pollution watch at centre of next odd-even plan

    Mar 17 2016

    New Delhi: As the second phase of the odd-even scheme is approaching, the Delhi government is fleshing out a robust air pollution monitoring plan.

    Delhi Pollution Control Committee recently floated a global tender for hand-held air pollution monitoring devices, which scientists hope would come before the plan kicks in. The major change in the scheme this time would be in the way monitoring is done and the locations selected, officials said.

    Between January 1and 15, Delhi government had collected air quality readings from more than 180 locations around the city but compared them with the city's average levels in the previous year and sometimes with 2014 levels. Even though...

  • CPC criticized over emissions data

    Mar 17 2016

    State-run oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC) failed to seek environmental approval for modifications made to its facility in Kaohsiung Siaogang District (小港) due to emissions issues, environmentalists said alleging that the company made up false emission numbers.

    Following the closure of a major CPC oil refinery in Kaohsiung’s Houjin (後勁) area last year, the company proposed to expand a facility in Siaogang’s Dalinpu (大林埔) area to process reformates — substances that are converted from naphtha and used to make gasoline.

    However, CPC terminated the expansion project due to construction difficulties and the establishment of an air pollution control zone in Kaohsiung and...

  • Koide Hiroaki: an insider's exposé of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

    Mar 17 2016

    His powerful critique of the 'nuclear village' and active involvement in anti-nuclear movements "earned him an honourable form of purgatory as a permanent assistant professor at Kyoto University."

    Koide retired from Kyoto University in the spring of 2015, but continues to write and act as an important voice of conscience for many who share his vision of the future free from nuclear energy and weapons.

    He has authored 20 books on the subject. Professor Kasai Hirotaka and I visited his office at Kyoto University's Research Reactor Institute in Kumatori, Osaka, on December 26th, 2014 for this interview.

    We believe that the contents of the interview, which offer new...

  • It's not just cancer! Radiation, genomic instability and heritable genetic damage

    Mar 17 2016

    Those who fear the effects of radiation always focus on cancer. But the most frightening and serious consequences of radiation are genetic.

    Cancer is just one small bleak reflection, a flash of cold light from a facet of the iceberg of genetic damage to life on Earth constructed from human folly, power-lust and stupidity.

    Cancer is a genetic disease expressed at the cellular level. But genetic effects are transmitted across the generations.

    It was Herman Joseph Muller, an American scientist, who discovered the most serious effects of ionizing radiation - hereditary defects in the descendants of exposed parents - in the 1920s. He exposed fruit flies - drosophila - to...

  • Ex environment minister and colleagues ask for a retrial of the Klong Dan case

    Mar 16 2016

    The Central Administrative Court was on Tuesday asked for a retrial of the Klong Dan case in which the Pollution Control Department was ordered by the Supreme Administrative Court to pay the NVPSKG consortium about 10 billion baht for the corruption-plagued project.
    The petition was submitted by former natural resources and environment minister Praphat Panyachartrak, Mr Apichai Chavacharoenpant, former director-general of Pollution Control Department and five former officials responsible for the contract between the department and the consortium.

    The seven plaintiffs told the Central Administrative Court that they lost the case to the NVPSKG because the arbitrary committee,...

  • Northern Thai provinces fighting against smog from Myanmar

    Mar 16 2016

    BANGKOK, 16 March 2016 (NNT) – The northern provinces have imposed measures to prevent and control forest fires due to wildfire smoke from the neighboring country.

    The Department of Pollution Control on Tuesday announced that the amount of particulate matter was last measured at 115 micrograms/cubic meter in Mueang district. In Mae Sai district on the Thai-Myanmar borders, the level of particulate matter was 152 micrograms/cubic meter which was higher than safe levels, said the department.

    In Chiang Rai, a ban on all types of burning is imposed for 60 days, or from 17 February -16 April. Manpower and equipment have been prepared to handle the smog.

    In Mae Hong Son, a...

  • Environment behind nearly quarter of global deaths: WHO

    Mar 15 2016

    GENEVA - One in four deaths worldwide are due to environmental factors like air, water and soil pollution, as well as unsafe roads and workplace stress, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

    An estimated 12.6 million people died in 2012 as a result of living and working in unhealthy environments, 23 percent of all deaths reported globally, according to the new study.

    "If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young," warned WHO chief Margaret Chan in a statement.

    The report defines environmental causes broadly, drawing links between a long line of...

  • Farglory shopping mall fined NT$6 million for fourth pollution offense

    Mar 15 2016

    TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Farglory Group's (遠雄企業集團) shopping mall was fined NT$6 million for discharging wastewater into a creek for the fourth time on record, local authorities said on Monday.

    A 100-meter sheet of white foam was found floating in the Kanggaokeng Creek (康誥坑溪) in New Taipei City last Wednesday, according to New Taipei City's Environmental Protection Department (環保局).

    Local authorities said they traced the waste to Farglory's iFG Shopping Mall (遠雄購物中心), where foam had spilled from a wastewater tank into a discharge system intended for rainwater.

    The shopping center was fined NT$6 million, the maximum penalty possible, for what was its fourth violation of the...