Air pollution in Chiang Mai
Further to your feature on air pollution in Chiang Mai,
what is the legal situation with regard to lighting fires in residential
areas? I live quite centrally in Hillside Condo 4 and at least three times a
day someone lights a fire on the adjacent farm, presumably to burn
vegetation and rubbish. Smoke drifts up and into the rooms of the fifteen
storey condominium, forcing residents to bring in their washing and close
their windows. Is there such a thing as an environmental health officer in
Chiang Mai? And if so could you publish their telephone number?
Hillside Condo 4
Reply: Your questions are best answered by the authorities themselves and we
would suggest you contact the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health office
directly. Telephone 0 5321 1048 ext. 125 (PR). Best of luck!
When are roses not roses?
To the Editor,
We really can’t have your readers misled into believing
that the ‘Thousand Year Roses’ (Gulap Pan Pi) in your article ‘Take
Time To Smell The Roses’ (Sat. Feb. 12) are actually roses. They are, in
fact, rhododendrons (rhododendron arborea) and in the case of the
ones in the bog at the summit of Doi Inthanon they are trees not the rose
bushes shown in your picture. There are both red and white flowered
rhododendron trees in the bog, and bordering the road leading down from the
summit you will find white flowered rhododendren saplings.
Editor replies: Even though some people know them as ‘dog roses’ we
intentionally left the error to see if you were reading closely. You were.
Fortunately we gave our Valentines roses and not rhododendrons!