Thailand’s capital on Tuesday (Jan 21) ordered schools closed due to unhealthy levels of air pollution, and there were doubts whether the situation would improve in the coming months as farmers burn their sugarcane crop in the harvest season.

The Bangkok air quality index (AQI) climbed to 170 – a reading above 150 is classified as unhealthy – on Tuesday morning and the city was ranked as having the world’s ninth worst air for a major city, according to independent air quality monitor AirVisual.

The last few years’ annual deterioration in air quality early in the new year coincides with the annual sugarcane harvest, which normally runs from November to March.

How has Pakistan tackled Smog?

Unfortunately, smog level in Lahore crossed 700 and the govt did not do anything. The ministers kept on blaming India for the smog.


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