Protest proving a boon for environment

The Bangkok shutdown campaign has already made an environmental impact _ a sharp decrease in hazardous fine dust particles in the air due to fewer cars on the usually congested roads.

Levels of PM 10, particulate matter with a diameter of 10 microns or less, have fallen by about half in the Lat Phrao, Chatuchak, Pathumwan and Yannawa areas, according to the Pollution Control Department which inspected air quality between Jan 7 and Tuesday.

The dust, about one seventh the width of a human hair, can cause breathing disorders and damage lung tissue.

Other areas experienced similar results.

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Discussion 1 : 16/01/2014 at 08:49 AM
Maybe more Bangkok people will be aware of their excellent public transport system, maybe also they will start to realise that they were born with legs and feet, and that walking short distances, if there is less traffic, can be healthy and fun.
Discussion 2 : 16/01/2014 at 08:33 AM
If the lack of cars is good for Bangkok then lets just ban cars in the city. That way the PDRC would accomplish something worthwhile.
Discussion 3 : 16/01/2014 at 07:24 AM
Suthep has unwittingly showed us there are ways to reduce BKK's traffic mess.

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