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Published on 2 September 2020 by Alya Nurbaiti
The World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia launched on Monday a smartphone application dubbed “Emisi” and website nol-emisi.id to track, count, reduce and reabsorb carbon emissions produced by daily human activities, so that people can participate in mitigating climate change. Energy consumption, which includes, among other things, transportation, electricity and heat, is by far the largest contributor to human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, contributing to 74 percent of greenhouse gas emissions…
Published on 22 July 2020
Rampha Khamhaeng, a farmer in central Thailand’s rice-growing Suphanburi province, was sceptical when she first heard about a new farming method for paddy fields that could reduce both water use and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.
Published on 9 March 2020 by Nanticha Ocharoenchai
Climate activism isn’t as fun as it used to be. I remember the first time I striked–revving up the crowd was fun, and so was chanting for climate justice with a group of strangers. But long gone are those days. Climate Strike Thailand, the group I launched, grew bigger and it seemed like it was finally making the difference I had hoped for. But creating…
Published on 17 February 2020
Thailand has been hit with what may be its worst drought in 40 years, pummelling sugar production in one of the world's biggest exporters of the sweetener. Sugar output may tumble about 30% to 9 million-10 million tonnes, while cane output is forecast to fall below 90 million tonnes from about 130 million in the previous season because of the dry weather, according to an…
Published on 17 February 2020
As PM2.5 air pollution rose to a toxic high in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand, the public turned its attention once again to the long-tolerated practice of open field burning – to get rid of dead vegetation, rice residue, weeds, and clear the lands for the next crop cycle. Farmers say the burnings are necessary despite the environmental toll because they are the cheapest…
Published on 5 September 2019
Orphaned dugong became social media star after she was rescued and hand-reared by biologists. An eight-month-old dugong that became a social media star in Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste. The female dugong - a large ocean mammal - was named "Marium", which means "lady of the sea", and was nurtured by marine experts after she was found orphaned…
Published on 1 August 2019
Thailand’s Prime Minister has confirmed the government’s move to solve the drought situation by coordinating with neighboring countries to have them release more water from upstream reservoirs. Prime Minister General Prayut Cha-O-Cha said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has talked to China, the Lao PDR, and Myanmar about releasing more water from the reservoirs in their countries to ease the drought situation in Thailand.…
Published on 19 July 2019
Parts of Thailand are facing their worst drought in 50 years. Farmers in some parts of the north and northeast say that the situation is the “worst in living memory”, as reported in Sanook. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department says Thailand will experience the worst drought in at least a decade, with average precipitation across large regions of the country falling far short of the monthly averages.…
Published on 30 May 2019
Guwahati: While oceans are regularly coughing up tonnes of plastic dumped through years, a supermarket in Thailand has initiated a small yet significant step towards reducing single-use plastic-- using banana leaves instead of polythene for packing all fruits and vegetables. While reaffirming us that sustainable living without excessive use of plastic is possible, this move also makes us reminisce about such green packaging which we ignore…
Published on 21 February 2019
‘Bangkok Wakes to Rain” should come with a mop. This teeming debut novel by Pitchaya Sudbanthad re-creates the experience of living in Thailand’s aqueous climate so viscerally that you can feel the water rising around your ankles. But Sudbanthad’s skills are more than just meteorological. A native of Thailand now living in New York, he captures the nation’s lush history in all its turbulence and…
Published on 21 February 2019
According to a press statement released on Monday, over 600 libraries nationwide will participate in the project by promoting digital libraries, e-books, green traveling such as using bicycles and reducing the use of paper and plastic and recycling waste. SET Senior Executive Vice President Krisada Sektrakul quoted by the statement, said that libraries can be learning centers that play vital roles in educating and…
Published on 21 February 2019
The Thai-coast project, led by Professor Cherith Moses from Edge Hill University, together withDrKanchana Nakhapakorn from Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom, has received a total project funding value of £591,750 from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Thailand Research Fund, funded through the Newton Fund in Thailand. In Thailand, the problems of coastal erosion and…
Published on 21 February 2019
They said that if the global temperature kept rising, there was a 50 percent chance the global average temperature in 2019 will break the previous year's record and become the second-hottest year ever in history. Due to the forecast for scorching heat in Thailand this summer, the Disease Control Department's Occupational and Environmental Diseases Bureau director, Dr Chantana Padungtod, has urged people to be…
Published on 1 February 2019
Schools forced to close and residents fear for their health; experts say the government is doing too little too late. Suthasi hasn’t left the house in four days. But the 21-year-old law student isn’t buried under a pile of books, she is staying inside because she fears that breathing Bangkok’s toxic air will damage her health. “When I look out of the window, it’s all…
Published on 30 January 2019
The project, backed by the German and Thai governments and by some of the world’s largest rice traders and food companies, has seen 3,000 other farmers in this corner of Thailand’s “rice basket” near the Cambodian border trained to grow sustainable rice according to the principles of a revolutionary agronomical system discovered by accident in Madagascar in the 1980s. Jesuit priest Henri de Lalanié…
Published on 15 January 2019
Parks and “green roofs” planted with vegetation soak up rain during the annual monsoon and help dense urban centers like Bangkok adapt to climate change, Kotchakorn said. “We need to be thinking about everything we build in the context of mitigating climate change impact. It can’t be just about aesthetics, but also about serving a purpose,” she said. “This was Bangkok’s first park…
Published on 14 January 2019
Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on Friday Koh Samui appeared to have been spared the brunt of the storm. By Friday evening, the rain there had stopped, said Joe Kieta, an American visitor. “So it seems like the worst is past us.” Kieta, the editor of California’s Fresno Bee newspaper, said in an email that roads on the island had light…
Published on 6 December 2018
Women play a significant role in the local fishing industry and rely on Pattani Bay for nutrient-rich foods to feed their families. Lamai Manakarn, an activist from the Pattani Southern Border Province, said that the developers of the planned Thepa coal plan declared “that coal and this coal plant project are clean energy and safe for us.” Community members have indicated that the…
Published on 10 September 2018
An environmental activist wearing a face mask depicting US President Donald Trump takes part in a demonstration in front of the United Nations building in Bangkok. Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images Espinosa said there was “limited progress” on the issue of contributions from developed nations to developing countries, adding that she is “hopeful” that future discussions will be productive because of the importance of the…
Published on 3 September 2018
‘Venice of the East’ Currently, the capital “is sinking one to two centimeters a year and there is a risk of massive flooding in the near future,” said Tara Buakamsri of Greenpeace. Seas in the nearby Gulf of Thailand are rising by four millimeters a year, above the global average. The city “is already largely under sea level”, said Buakamsri. In 2011, when the monsoon…
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