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|Moderate|| 53 US AQI||PM2.5|
PM2.5 concentration in Bang Phli is currently 2.6 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value
|Tuesday, Nov 28|
Unhealthy for sensitive groups 104 AQI US
|Wednesday, Nov 29|
Unhealthy for sensitive groups 125 AQI US
|Thursday, Nov 30|
Moderate 86 AQI US
Moderate 53 AQI US
|Saturday, Dec 2|
Moderate 59 AQI US
|Sunday, Dec 3|
Moderate 60 AQI US
|Monday, Dec 4|
Moderate 65 AQI US
|Tuesday, Dec 5|
Moderate 62 AQI US
|Wednesday, Dec 6|
Moderate 62 AQI US
|Thursday, Dec 7|
Moderate 66 AQI US
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Observing the air quality readings taken in Bang Phli towards the latter part of 2021, it can be seen that US AQI figures of 61 were recorded, placing Bang Phli into the 'moderate' air quality rating bracket, which requires a reading of anywhere between 51 to 100 to be classified as such. the PM2.5 reading at this time was also found to be at 16.9 μg/m³, approximately 1.7 times higher than the safe exposure guidelines set out by the World Health Organization (WHO). Other US AQI readings taken over the months preceding this have gone up as high as 90, which whilst it still may present a risk to certain citizens as well as causing negative effects amongst the general population, remains fairly low (relatively speaking) when compared to other cities and provinces in Thailand during this time of the year. Slash and burn farming practices can cause massive spikes in air pollution to take place, causing sizeable jumps in the US AQI readings to occur. As such, whilst the air quality in Bang Phli is not perfect and certain preventative measures should be taken during bouts of higher air pollution readings, it remains in a better situation than some of its northern counterparts, where open burning practices are far more prevalent.
Air pollution has a prevalence in Bang Phli due to many of the reasons that afflict other cities, towns, and regions throughout Thailand as well as neighboring countries. These include ones such as the burning of vast swathes of forest or farmland, conducted in a practice known as slash and burn farming. Whilst this is most prevalent in the northern regions of the country, it can also affect many other provinces, causing the pollution levels to spike drastically towards the end of the year and stay elevated into the early months of the following year. However, due to its closer proximity to the capital city of Thailand, much more of its air pollution issues stem from many other causes beyond that of open burning practices and fires. These other causes of air pollution Bang Phli include exhaust fumes emitted from the numerous vehicles in use, with a large amount of them being of aged or much poorer quality. Whilst there have been many regulations put into place to to remove those more prominent pollution-causing vehicles from the roads, particularly in major cities, their use is still prevalent throughout many rural areas or outside the larger or more densely populated regions. Due to the extremely poor combustion process that takes place (often coupled with low-quality fuels or fossil fuels), considerably higher amounts of noxious oil vapors are released into the atmosphere, along with the usual chemical compounds such as nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone (which forms afterward as the various pollutants are exposed to solar radiation, thus forcing a reaction take place which forms ozone, or smog as it is more commonly known as). Other causes include factories and power plants, which also rely heavily on burning fossil fuels to meet their power needs. Road repairs, construction sites, and other similar areas also release high amounts of ultrafine or coarse particles into the air, raising the PM2.5 and PM10 levels, which can cause prominent spikes in the particle pollution readings. Industrial activities and fumes from vehicles remain as one of the more prevalent causes of pollution in Bang Phli, made worse by constant anthropogenic and industrial activities that leave pollution in their wake, as well as smoke from neighboring regions drifting in under the correct meteorological circumstances.
Pollutants that would be found in the air in varying concentrations throughout Bang Phli would be those that are used to calculate the US AQI reading, namely sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and the two main forms of particle pollution, PM10, and PM2.5, with the latter being the far more dangerous of the two due to its extremely small size. Other pollutants include a myriad of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as black carbon, both of which are released from the combustion of fossil fuels and organic matter.
Exposure to high levels of air pollution in Bang Phli can bring about all manner of dangerous health conditions, particularly to certain individuals who fall into the sensitive group's bracket (discussed in further detail at the end of the article). However, even healthy adults can succumb to the negative effects of air pollution if exposure is excessive, or takes place over a longer period of time (in particular for those who live near highly polluted areas such as industrial districts or near busy roads, whereby the air quality will be poor for a most of the year). Many conditions that may arise as a result would be the typical short-term ones such as dry throat and coughs, as well as chest pains and mild infections of the respiratory tract. These can resolve themselves quickly when exposure to air pollution is lessened or ceased outright, and due to this, they can be considered as more short-term or acute health issues. They may also develop into more long-term or chronic issues, with continuous chest infections and coughing leading to the scarring of lung tissue, which often results in permanently decreased lung capacity. As well as this, the scarring or damage and inflammation to the tissue of the lungs can make one more vulnerable to a whole host of respiratory distress, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) presenting itself. This is an umbrella term that refers to a multitude of different lung and respiratory tract conditions, typically resulting in shortness of breath as well as making an individual at greater risk of severe damage from pollution exposure. Some further conditions that fall under the COPD bracket are one such as pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema as well as asthma. Other forms of damage that can happen within the body include increased risk of cancer, heart attacks, strokes and arrhythmias, as well as ischemic heart disease and many other cardiac or pulmonary conditions that can bring about decreased quality of life as well as lower life expectancy in Bang Phli.
Those who are at greater risk of adverse health issues in Bang Phli are the elderly, along with pregnant women, babies and young children, who can suffer from many ill effects and alterations to their nervous system during their vital formative years, which can go on to cause many lifelong health issues. Those with pre-existing health conditions and poor immune systems are also counted amongst those that should take extra care to keep their exposure to a minimum during higher bouts of air pollution in Bang Phli.
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