Bangkok pollution skyrockets

Bangkok pollution skyrockets - Reuters, September 11, 2003
Pollution in Bangkok has soared to twice the safety level as Thailand's robust economic growth spurred rapid car sales over the past two years, Thai officials said on Thursday... "Bangkok traffic has become much more congested while the level of air pollution is skyrocketing beyond the safety limit," Supat Wangwongwatana of the Department of Pollution Control told reporters. He gave no comparative figures. Supat said the latest survey, done last year, showed the particle level on Sukhumvit Road -- the city's busiest thoroughfare -- was 250 microgrammes per cubic metre, more than double the 120 microgrammes considered harmful to people.
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