Thai officials on Friday promised action to address a spike in air pollution that came before the normal peak of seasonal haze, but environmental activists accused authorities of hot air.

Bangkok ranked as the world´s 10th most polluted city on Friday, according to the air quality monitoring firm IQAir. Government officials said the sudden spike was largely due to atmospheric conditions, with fine particulate accumulating due to colder air, high air pressure and dry weather. The jump in PM2.5 — particles that are so fine they can enter the bloodstream — prompted the government to warn vulnerable groups.“Air quality and safety… is an important priority,” a government statement insisted. Officials promised to “ramp up PM2.5 prevention methods, such as limiting the area where people can burn crops, setting up regulations between the public and private sectors, increasing monitoring spots, and negotiating with relevant sectors about the transnational pollution.”

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