Air quality in Ratanakiri dry season 2019

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Air quality in Ratanakiri dry season 2019

Post by Kammekor » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:15 am

Lately I have noticed the air quality in Ratanakiri has been pretty bad, so bad that I have been forced to leave my (open) workspace in my house to change it to an (air conditioned / air controlled) coffeeshop. I can simply tell it from the (constant) smell and a constant swelling in my nose something is wrong. Visibility is limited too, maybe 3-4 km's only. I have downloaded some apps to my phone to get my feelings confirmed, and I got my confirmation.

The app Plume gives insane levels of pollution during the late afternoon and early mornings (now: Bangkok: 38, Ratanakiri: 263, Phnom Penh: 19, Beijing: 163).

Air visual gives a pollution level of 165 (Phnom Penh: 79, Bangkok average: 67, Beijing: 162).

Even when I take the numbers with a grain of salt due to (maybe) unreliable equipment the numbers are still extremely high for a remote province with hardly any industry and light traffic.

I am aware the locals burn their rubbish twice a day, leading to a spike in pollution locally, but I am still surprised. Some major burning must be going on like in the north of Thailand, but I haven't seen it myself. Maybe in the Kohneak / Sem Monorom area?

Ideas, anyone?
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:42 pm

No answers for you OP, but Siem Reap pollution may be from Thailand.
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Re: Air quality in Ratanakiri dry season 2019

Post by JerryCan » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:56 pm

Where in Ratanakiri are you? It seems nice and clear just 10 km north of Banlung and no issues of air I can tell of.
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Re: Air quality in Ratanakiri dry season 2019

Post by Jerry Atrick » Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:19 pm

It's a combination of airborne dust from unsealed roads, fallow fields and the remains of Vireachey National Park being pushed into piles and burned off.
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Re: Air quality in Ratanakiri dry season 2019

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:41 pm

There are also problems in Laos; this is a SEA pollution problem.
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