I want to introduce me self.
My name is Gerrit Tienkamp (Nickname Peter.bkk) a Dutchmen.
Born in Eindhoven / The Netherlands.
Living for many years in Asia. (Thailand and Cambodia).
Living before in the center of the Netherlands (Rhenoy-Betuwe).
I'm the most Social Guy of the Planet.
Try to make everybody happy.
the past week, the air quality in Bangkok has hit “unhealthy” levels,
according to the Air Pollution Index, and the problem has worsened to
the point that smog can be seen with the naked eye in the morning.
The Department of Pollution Control
has issued a warning for people to wear face masks or simply “go to the
doctor” if they experience abnormalities with their breathing or
Today, the department reported PM2.5
dust in Bangkok at 8am. It was measured at 47-70 micrograms per m3,
higher than the level considered safe for Thailand, which is set at 50
micrograms per m3. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization suggested that the level of PM2.5 dust should be under 25 micrograms per m3.
So no, you’re not imagining it.
According to the department, the dust
in four areas of Bangkok exceeded safe standards today. Those areas
were: Wangthonglang district, Thanon
Intharaphithak (located near the riverside), Rama IV Road (which
stretches across business areas including Silom, Lumpini, and Khlong
Toei), and Lat Phrao Road.
Trinuch Kraiwit, a resident of Wangthonglang, told Coconuts: “When I get out of the house in the morning, I can see a thick smog… The sky is gray.
“I’ve been feeling that my allergy has been triggered. I’ve been having a sore throat — so does my colleague. So I’ve bought face masks just in case I have to work outdoors.”
In a statement, the Department of
Pollution Control blamed the temperature drop of 2-4 degrees Celsius and
humidity as causes for dust to accumulate in the air.
Prof. Dr. Wanida Jinsart, an expert on environmental science and air pollution from Chulalongkorn University, told Coconuts
that the high number of vehicles on Bangkok roads is a main contributor
to city smog, and the cool weather caused the problem to become more
“It’s more noticeable in the winter,
where inversions normally occur. This means a layer of air is trapped,
causing the smog,” she said, explaining that the gray smog we see is
composed primarily of dust and steam trapped in the atmosphere.
She explained we can see that the
smog disappears around 10am as the temperature becomes higher, which
means we can expect the smog to go away as warmer weather approaches.
“We’ll have to follow the weather
prediction from the Department of Meteorology, but I think we won’t
experience the smog next week.”
She added that the smog can be
dangerous to your health if it continues to happen over the long term,
and that, for now, we should be OK if we protect ourselves by wearing a
Australia's multi-billion dollar tourism industry is under increasing
threat from climate change with some of the nation's top natural
wonders in the firing line as temperatures and sea levels rise, a study
The report by environmental advocacy group the Climate Council said
the government needed to do more to reduce carbon emissions harming
Australia's beaches, national parks and the Great Barrier Reef.
Tourism is the nation's second-largest export industry, valued at
Aus$40 billion (US$31 billion) and employing more than 580,000 people,
But popular visitor destinations were at risk, with major cities in
coastal areas expected to face more frequent flooding in coming years,
while Australia's "Red Centre" region could experience more than 100
days annually above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2030,
"Tourists travel across the globe to see Australia's remarkable
natural wonders. But these icons are in the climate firing line as
extreme weather events worsen and sea levels continue to rise,"
ecologist and report co-author Lesley Hughes said.
"Some of our country's most popular natural destinations, including
our beaches, could become 'no-go zones' during peak holiday periods and
seasons, with the potential for extreme temperatures to reach up to 50
degrees in Sydney and Melbourne."
A separate report last year from Deloitte Access Economics valued
the Great Barrier Reef as an asset worth Aus$56 billion, which included
its tourism revenues and its indirect value for people who have not yet
visited but know it exists.
The World Heritage-listed site, which attracts millions of tourists
each year, is reeling from significant bouts of coral bleaching due to
warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.
"Without credible climate policy that cuts Australia's rising carbon
pollution levels, the impacts of climate change will only intensify and
accelerate across the country over the coming decades," Climate Council
chief executive Martin Rice said.
Environmental advocates on Thursday urged Canberra to move away from coal-fired power generation.
With its heavy use of coal-fired power and relatively small
population, Australia is considered one of the world's worst per capita
greenhouse gas polluters.
"The extra heat from global warming will further reduce the tourist
season and make some enterprises unviable," said Liz Hanna, from the
School of Environment at the Australian National University.
"Protecting the tourism industry protects jobs and protects Australia's economic wellbeing."
Canberra insists it is taking strong action to address the global
threat of climate change, having set an ambitious target to reduce
emissions to 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Australia sweltered through its third-hottest year on record in 2017, with seven of its 10 warmest years experienced since 2005.
Amsterdam is booking progress in its fight against illegal holiday
rentals, the city said Wednesday, dishing out over four million euros in
fines as it seeks to stem a stream of tourists.
"There has been an intensive crackdown on housing fraud over the past year," the Amsterdam council said in a statement.
Some 378 fines were handed out totalling 4.2 million euros ($5.1
million), "the overwhelming majority of these for the illegal rental of
holiday apartments," it said.
The news comes as the highest Dutch court, the State Council, upheld
stiff fines totalling 168,000 euros for illegal holiday rentals in the
Last month Amsterdam announced it would impose a new 30-day curb on
the renting of private homes via websites like online booking giant Airbnb from next year, as it seeks ways to deal with the masses of
tourists that flock to the city's canals, museums and famous
cannabis-friendly red-light district.
"By enforcing these measures, the city wants to end the illegal use
of homes... which can then again be made available on the normal housing
market," the council said.
It also hailed agreements with Airbnb which it said remained the largest online rent-a-home provider in Amsterdam.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife
and Plant Conservation held a meeting at the Pearl Hotel on Phuket on
Tuesday to discuss the excessive numbers of tourists visiting the famous
islands and bays.
Songtham Suksawang, chief of the DNP’s
National Parks Office, who chaired the meeting, said that the amount of
tourists in marine national parks was directly affecting the
“Those national parks, especially marine national parks, are suffering
from an oversupply of visitors. There are many problems such as oil from
boats, rubbish and the effect on the local lifestyle on the islands,
which is difficult to rehabilitate in the short term. They [meeting
participants] discussed rearranging of the marine national parks to
better meet the demand, but by limiting supply and providing a more
sustainable solution,” he said.
“There will be a study on the limiting of tourism. Some locations have
already had these studies done. After sending the officers to check, we
found that there’s a specific period of time when the islands are
overcrowded, which is 11am to 2pm when the tourists come onshore to rest
and have lunch. There are approximately 2,000 to 3,000 people visiting
some of the islands each day,” he added.
The DNP has plans for a solution on the Similan Islands by spreading
tourists around the other islands, as Island Four and Island Eight are
way too overcrowded.
“We will spread tourists to other islands, apart from Islands Four and
Eight, by installing piers to connect them. They will be floating piers
to avoid disturbing the corals. There will be a floating centre, where
tourists can rest in front of the island, as well.''
“The purchasing process of the centres will be completed by March 31. We
will start this project near the islands that are highly overcrowded,
such as Similan, Phi Phi and in Phang Nga Bay. The limitation of
tourists according to the time of the day will also follow after the
study is done,” Songtham explained.
“The limiting of tourists and an increase in customer fees are possible
if the environment continues to be damaged too much from tourism,” he
The DNP will also create an e-ticket to enter the islands, which will
possibly start with the Similans, Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay, as this
would also help solve the issue of transparency in national park
management, the National Parks Office chief said.
For security, he said that he had approved budgets for ambulance and
rescue boats and was currently coordinating with the Emergency Medical
Institute of Thailand to provide assistance to tourists in the marine
national park area.
In case of emergency, the 1669 hotline is also available 24/7.
The Palembang city administration in South Sumatra launched two new
tourist destinations on Sunday, namely Tepian Sekanak Bersolek and
Kampung Mural Gudang Bonjiet.
The city's Tourism Agency head Isnaini Madani said the two spots were
part of Palembang's 13 highlighted tourist destinations prepared to
welcome the 2018 Asian Games in August.
"Following its popularity on social media, now Tepian Sekanak
Bersolek and Kampung Mural Gudang Bonjiet have officially become tourist
destinations to welcome both domestic and foreign tourists," said
Isnaini as quoted by Antara on Sunday.
The development of the two places, which feature colorful images and
patterns, is said to be the result of a collaboration with PT ICI Paint
Indonesia in South Sumatra as part of its corporate social
"Employees of Palembang city's Public Works Agency and student
volunteers worked together to paint the destinations," added Isnaini.
Tepian Sekanak Bersolek is said to be a pilot project as the city
administration seeks to beautify all rivers across Palembang. "We are
targeting to make all river areas prettier, but considering the current
budget we will focus on Sekanak River first."