31 March 2021, Bangkok – FutureTales Lab has created a video on the rising threat from PM2.5 and air pollution, aiming to prompt collaboration to achieve sustainable clean air.
Bangkok’s residents each inhaled PM2.5 dust last year equivalent to smoking about 1,270 cigarettes. BBC Science predicts that the dust will kill 40 people each day around the world in the next 10 years. Toxins in the dust can cause lung cancer, strokes, heart disease, and even miscarriages.
Toxic dust is a growing global problem. Polluting activities are also on the rise. China has shut down over 1,000 coal-fired power plants to tackle smog. South Korea is banning older diesel cars in winter. State policies also promote electric vehicles.
Thailand’s air pollution is mainly from forest fires, agricultural burn-offs, and industry. Waste should be incinerated carefully through collaboration between the public sector, business, and all of society to solve pollution and ensure clean air for Thailand’s well-being.
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Credit: World Air Quality Report, Rocket Media Lab