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Biogas projects make up most of 111 passed

Thailand has become one of the world's top 10 players in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects with 37 being registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Association (TGO) has so far approved 111 CDM projects with a combined capacity to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 6.95 million tonnes a year.

Of the total, 37 projects that altogether lower emissions by 2 million tonnes per year were endorsed by the UN agency, said TGO executive director Sirithan Pairoj-Boriboon.

Read more: Thailand moves into top 10 in CDM

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Land subsidence, not climate change, is the biggest factor causing tidal flooding, a researcher says.

Subsidence is the main cause of coastal tidal flooding and coastal line erosion along the upper Gulf of Thailand, says Thanawat Jarupongsakul, head of the unit for disaster and land information studies at Chulalongkorn University's science faculty.

Many people believe that climate change causes rising sea levels, which could one day inundate Bangkok and neighbouring provinces, he said.

Read more: Climate change danger 'exaggerated'

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BANGKOK, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has closed some of its seven marine national parks to allow coral to recover from bleaching, according to Thai News Agency.

The ban, effective from Jan 21, imposed at the Thai dive sites, among those include Similan Islands National Park, the Surin Islands National Park, Fai Wap Bay, Eve of Eden, and Hin Klang Island.

In Krabi province, staffs of the Hat Noppharat Thara and Phi Phi Islands National Park have sealed off Hin Klang Island since there is a lot of young staghorn coral, as over 80 per cent of the coral has been damaged by climate change.

Read more: Thailand Closes Seven Dive Sites To Allow Coral Recover From Bleaching

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