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Thailand has joined other developing countries in demanding improved access to climate change mitigation technologies to cope with the impact of rising temperatures.

Climate change technology must be transferred to developing countries urgently to improve their disaster preparedness, Science and Technology Minister Virachai Virameteekul said.

He was speaking during the annual meeting of a science and technology forum in Kyoto between Oct 3-5.

Around 1,000 participants, including officials, scientists, and business people from 91 countries attended the event.

Read more: More climate change help urged

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Phuket’s environment will be destroyed and the island “totally ruined” within 10 to 20 years, the senior director of Thailand Environment Institutes (TEI) said yesterday.

Chamniern Paul Vorratnchaiphan – who is also the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project director for TEI – made the comments at a one-day ACCCRN seminar organized by the TEI and chaired by Vice Governor Nivit Aroonrat at the Phuket Merlin Hotel.

Read more: Climate change: fatal for Phuket

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Plaudits for cutting carbon emissions 10%

In an attempt to accelerate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is collaborating with environmental institutes and private companies on carbon reduction certification for buildings.

The government and the private sector plan to use the certification to reward buildings that cut emissions to a certain level.

The campaign was officially kicked off at a seminar in Bangkok yesterday entitled "Cutting Carbon, Cutting Global Warming".

Recipients will be notified by Egat, the Thailand Green House Gas Management Organisation (TGO), the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) and the Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Read more: Rewarding 'green' buildings

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