Thailand urged to halt crop burning after air pollution spike

Bangkok is shrouded in smog on April 8, 2023, caused by forest fires and widespread stubble burning by farmers to prepare land for the next crop. – EPA pic, September 18, 2023.

THAILAND must ban stubble burning by farmers to improve air quality, the head of a leading agricultural body said today, after a spike in dangerous pollution left millions needing medical treatment.

The kingdom suffered dire air quality earlier in the year, with Bangkok and the northern city of Chiang Mai ranked among the most polluted cities in the world on some days in April.

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