Thursday, March 1, 2012
Slash and burn: Visit foggy Laos Year 2012
I complained about the trash and burn already, but now is the season for a more serious threat, the slash and burn. Farmers in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos burning down rice fields as well as forests and any other agricultural used land. This results in a large haze. The effects: Transportation is on hold, since pilot do not have enough visibility. People in the area suffering from breathing problems, asthma, etc. Not to mention the huge amount of CO2 that is exposed, and the change for the micro climate because of the small particles the smog contains. The picture shows a satellite image from Nasa, taken over Thailand http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/individual.php?db_date=2012-02-25 All together, it is just as bad as it looks. But of course government in the effected regions are concerned, but are not able to take any action. The yearly blabla, followed by yet another NGO project to develop alternatives for the farmers who do the burning. Flights to Luang Prabang are now extremely delayed or cancelled, flights in other parts of the country are totally cancelled. Great, since this year is called the Visit Laos year 2012 ("if you can make it ever into the country) - should be the subtitle.