Welcome to the smoggy future - February 15, 2002
A colleague mentioned that the late afternoon
sun looked like the moon. The sun was still
high in the sky, but it was very dim outside.
Once again, smog envelops the city.
The canal between Sathorn Road is choked with
garbage--not mysterious pollution from some
unseen factory far away, but actual, identifiable
bags of trash someone had thrown in. Overhead
there is an incredible roar, like someone continually
exhaling, from the traffic stopped on Taksin
Bridge. The streetlights change every 7 1/2
minutes. The police and various pedestrians
wear face masks.
I remember when I was a kid hearing about some
dismal future when the sky was dark during the
day and people would have to wear masks because
of pollution. Bangkok is still a fun place to
live and I love it, but I think in some ways,
this is the future we were warned about... -Ron
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