Thai academics call for laws against air-pollutionWorld | 11 Feb 2019 3:30 pm
Academics in Thailand have called for the introduction of a clean-air act and an independent environmental protection agency to safeguard the "people’s right” to a healthy environment, The Nation reports.
Nuchanart Tantong, coordinator of the Four Regions Slum Network, said she and most of her neighbors living in a Bangkok slum had no idea that the haze lingering over the capital since December was toxic. "We just carried on with our daily lives in our non-air-conditioned homes and worked outdoors without any protection,” she said. "Having had no warning from the authorities, the poor people in the slums only learned from the media that the dense smog was harmful and we realized our health had been at risk for weeks.”
Noting that most slum dwellers earn their living outdoors and often toil along polluted roads for up to 12 hours per day, Nuchanart said they were most vulnerable to health problems caused by the smog.