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A pod of pilot whales struggling not to beach themselves off the waters of Scotland, 2011. Photo: Getty Images

A male pilot whale struggled for five days to stay alive in Thailand near the Malaysian border after rescuers found it with 17 pounds of plastic bags in its stomach, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, but it ultimately succumbed to its illnesses.

Read more: Pilot Whale Dies in Thailand After Being Found With 17 Pounds of Plastic Bags in Its Stomach

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Bangkok

Thailand seems likely to emerge as a model of green building in Asia, a region that is urbanizing more rapidly than any other in the world. Last month, the country took a significant step by submitting two Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: greening Thailand’s low- and middle-income housing, and greening the country’s government buildings.

Read more: Building for green growth in Thailand

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Lat Phrao Canal Housing in Bangkok, Thailand

From 1990 to 2010, Southeast Asia was the fastest growing carbon emitter in the world, according to the Asia Development Bank. Although its historical share of global greenhouse gas emissions – primarily carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, and nitrous oxide –  is not as large, the region is on a trajectory that will make it a significant emitter in the future.

Read more: How Architecture Is Tackling Increasing Floods From Climate Change

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