More rubbish than ever

Thai households discarded 26.9 million tonnes of waste last year, up 3% from 2014, but only half of it was properly put out for collection and disposal, according to the Pollution Control Department.

The department said 13.3 million tonnes of that garbage, or 49%, was dumped wherever people felt like leaving it. Only 13.6 million tonnes, or 51%, was put out for proper disposal by local garbage collection services.

Of this, 8.4 million tonnes was dumped in landfills and 4.9 million tonnes was recycled, department director-general Wicharn Simachaya said on Thursday.

Hopes high that Winter Olympics may help Beijing beat air pollution

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was inaugurated on Tuesday in Beijing, a move experts believe may mark a new phase in the capital's air pollution control, efforts after the city has been regularly engulfed by heavy smog in recent years.

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli addressed the launch ceremony, stressing the government's desire to hold a "green" Olympics, as well as pushing for improving the ecological environment of Beijing and its neighboring cities.

Haze in South rises beyond safety mark

Songkhla governor Songpol Sawasditham Monday called an urgent meeting of agencies to combat the Indonesian forest fire smog in the southern province, which reportedly saw tiny dust particles rising to 173 micrograms per cubic metre - well above safety levels.

While many southern provinces' air quality readings were within the maximum safety standard of 120 micrograms, local authorities were on alert and monitoring the situation closely.

Smoke Blankets Indonesia

Fires in Indonesia are not like most other fires. They are extremely difficult to extinguish. They smolder under the surface for long periods, often for months. Usually, firefighters can only put them out with the help of downpours during the rainy season. And they release far more smoke and air pollution than most other types of fires.

China's big cities fail air pollution standards; environment ministry says it's an improvement on 2013 results

Nearly 90 per cent of China's big cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that was still an improvement on 2013, the country's environment ministry says.

Amid growing public disquiet about smog and other environmental risks, China said last year it would "declare war on pollution" and it has started to eliminate substandard industrial capacity and reduce coal consumption.

Villagers fear Chinese firm will reopen “polluting” power plant

Villagers from Tikyit in Pinlaung are concerned that a Chinese company will resume operations at a coal-fired power plant in the village, sources say.

A villager, Sai Than Win, said: “We heard that a Chinese company won the tender to run the coal-fired power plant which has not operated since September. We want the government to stop it permanently. When the plant was operating, we smelt saltpetre all the time. It can damage our health. The drinking water became contaminated. When the plant stopped operating, so did the foul smell.”

Tough pollution regimen on the cards for Delhi

A high-powered committee set up by the LG recently has listed a slew of measures to counter air pollution in the city. Key recommendations include linking the pollution under control (PUC) and vehicle registration databases so that notices are issued automatically to violators, upgrading the PUC system to track polluting vehicles and directing the traffic department to crack the whip on visibly polluting vehicles.

In Air Pollution Fight, Beijing Replaces BBQ With Burning Buses

Beijing’s latest attempts to ban summer outdoor grilling as part of a fight against air pollution has claimed an unexpected casualty: buses.

A bus converted into an indoor barbecue restaurant went up in flames on Tuesday, according to local media. The state-run China Daily posted a photo showing the charred, blackened shell of the makeshift restaurant, which caught fire on May 6. According to the report, no one was injured and firefighters were able to transfer two cooking-gas tanks inside the bus to safety before they could explode.

India admits ‘New Delhi as polluted as Beijing’

India’s state air monitoring centre made a rare admission Thursday that pollution in New Delhi was comparable with Beijing, but disputed a WHO finding that the Indian capital had the dirtiest atmosphere in the world.

A study of 1,600 cities across 91 countries released on Wednesday by the WHO showed Delhi had the world’s highest annual average concentration of small airborne particles known as PM2.5 of 153.