The mega city of Bangkok is experiencing high air pollution levels. Read on to see how drones might help reduce toxic particles.


Bangkok is the largest city and capital of Thailand. The air in this mega city is very polluted. The city is covered with a toxic smog thanks to increased car exhaust fumes, farmers burning leftover crops to clear their fields, and industrial pollution.

On Thursday, February 2, Bangkok’s AQI (Air Quality Index) was 175. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a measure of air pollution. The chart goes up to 500. Anything over 100 can be dangerous for people to breathe. Government agencies use the AQI to communicate to the public how polluted the air currently is or how polluted it is forecasted to become. As the AQI increases, a larger percentage of the population is likely to experience increasingly severe adverse health effect.

What is the government doing?

To protect children from the air pollution the government has shut down schools for the past week.

In an effort to tackle the air pollution the government is trying several things  They have tried decreasing cars on the road, washing down streets and have asked residents not to burn fireworks over the Lunar New Year. The government has also asked the military to take to the streets to see that their rules are enforced.

One such plan involved releasing 50 drones into the air. The drones sprayed water around the city in an effort to reduce the blanket of harmful particles in the air.

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What is Air pollution? It is the dirtying of air by smoke and harmful gases, such as carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen.

Human activity is a major cause of smoke and harmful gases, especially in large cities. Pollution is caused by emissions (smoke and bi-products that are let out)  from factories, power plants, cars, airplanes, chemicals, fumes from spray cans, and methane gas from landfills (garbage dumps). One of the ways that humans cause the most air pollution is by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.

What is the AQI in your city?

Adapted by: Biyash Choksey

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