For hundreds of years the Temple of Dawn stupa has been a glistening tower jutting into the skyline of Bangkok, Thailand, but a combination of air pollution and extreme weather events are forcing officials to close the temple off for three years worth of renovations and repairs, the longest closure in 14 years. 

The Temple of Dawn stupa, also known as the Wat Arun, is one of Bangkok's best known landmarks. The temple has existed since the 17th century and its remarkable spires were added during the 19th century, says the Wat Arun website. Regular repairs to the temple have allowed it to remain standing for hundreds of years, but recently the maintenance cycle is getting shorter and shorter.

Read more: Thailand's Temple of Dawn Closed by Climate Change


BANGKOK, Sept 27 (Bernama) -- The Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has launched a campaign to encourage Thai people to prepare and adapt to impacts from the El Nino climate cycle, caused by the escalating problem of global warming or climate change, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Read more: Thailand: Public Urged For El Nino Preparations


Two Thai cities, Chiang Rai in the far North and Songkhla in the South, have joined global efforts to tackle the threat of climate change.

The two "Climate Change Resilience Learning Centres" set up in the provinces aim to prepare local residents for the potential repercussions of natural and man-made disasters.

"These centres will monitor natural disasters across the provinces. Once the centres have detected potential signs of natural disasters like flash floods and severe drought, people will be alerted immediately so they can prepare," Chiang Rai municipality permanent secretary Suranit Ong-la said.

Read more: Centres to help people in two cities cope with climate change


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