Phra Somnuek Athipanyo, the abbot of Wat Khun Samut, a Buddhist temple on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand some 30km south of Bangkok, patrols the parapet inspecting his temple's defenses against the sea. ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH

Every year, from Vietnam to Bangladesh, big chunks of the shoreline are lost to the sea; damage and adaptation costs could be significant.

Just off the northern shores of the Gulf of Thailand sits a stark reminder of where many parts of Asia, and millions of residents, won't be in a matter of decades.

Read more: Retreating coastlines


CALLS have been made for collaboration within Asean and beyond to try to limit the rise of world temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius - to avoid catastrophic impacts from climate change.

The calls were made at a regional forum on climate change in Bangkok by the Asian Institute of Technology, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Asean Secretariat and the European Union.

Read more: Calls for unity to fight 'climate catastrophe'


BANGKOK, 26 June 2015 - The first meeting of the National Committee on Climate Change (NCCC) is drawing up Thailand’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) with a goal to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emission by 7-20 per cent within 2020.

Read more: Thailand sets to cut greenhouse gas emission by 20% after 2020


KC3 Community Directory