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Published on 29 June 2015
The El Niño Southern Oscillation is a natural fluctuation of ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific that can give rise to El Niño and La Niña, which drive droughts and floods from South East Asia and Australia to the Americas. Financing needs for climate change adaptation -- efforts to adjust to extreme weather and rising seas -- are estimated at tens of billions of dollars…
Published on 3 June 2015
Four years ago, this was not the case. But like a flip of a switch, the catastrophic floods of 2011 in Thailand’s Central Plain inundated Nakhon Pathom along with most of its pomelo orchards. Weeks of flooding killed most of the trees, and there were insufficient local saplings to replant. “The floods nearly rendered extinct our province’s unique pomelo gene pool,” recalls Chutima Noinat…
Published on 3 June 2015
Twarath Sutabutr, deputy permanent secretary of the Energy Ministry, said the target was achievable with the advanced technology available today and in the future. Energy intensity is in focus as the authorities seek to achieve a more balanced strategy. While supply will be boosted by new investment locally and overseas, the demand side will have to be lowered to ensure long-term national energy security…
Published on 13 May 2015
“What we try to promote here is to warn [Thailand] not to repeat the same mistakes as Germany,” said Roland Treitler, project director of improved management of extreme events through ecosystem-based adaptation in watersheds (ECOSWat) of GIZ. He was addressing Thai officials at a forum on German flood protection at the Eastin Grand Hotel in Bangkok. Treitler said green irrigation projects in Germany had…
Published on 16 March 2015
Hidden under the house and its wraparound porch are steel pontoons filled with Styrofoam. These can lift the structure three meters off the ground if this area, two hours north of Bangkok, floods as it did in 2011 when two-thirds of the country was inundated, affecting a fifth of its 67 million people. The 2.8 million baht ($86,000) amphibious house in Ban Sang village…
Published on 26 November 2014
Indeed, Thais continue to demonstrate humanity's unmatched ability to adapt. Most businessmen now prefer to remain silent about the economic growth rate this year, which could well fall below 2 per cent. (The International Monetary Fund's forecast is the lowest, at 1 per cent). Along with officials at the Finance and Commerce ministries, they are of the view that it is better to look at…
Published on 15 October 2014
"Perhaps, locals will have to relocate," said Robert Mather, head of Southeast Asia Group and also project manager of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts-Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR). Living on the coast of Trat's Klong Yai district, Papassorn Sunet said she had to elevate her house twice already in the face of soaring seawater level. At a…
Published on 19 September 2014
Dr Natarika Wayuparb, Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management (TGO)'s deputy executive director, said the Kingdom should pioneer new policies by addressing climate change problems at a serious level. "Thailand needs to make a serious attempt to show we have the right policy to ensure [addressing] climate change issues are moved from a local level into an international one," she said. "We have seen good examples from…
Published on 15 July 2014
Most rivers, canals and reservoirs have remained unchanged for decades, merely undergoing periodic dredging under a vast range of agencies - from the Royal Irrigation Department, Interior Ministry and Defence Ministry to local administrative bodies. But in the light of drastic changes in our climate which have resulted in both longer droughts and excessive rainfall, we need fresh investment for water management and improvement works…
Published on 2 July 2014
A floods working group, made up of the government, local companies, civil society and community leaders, has set up closed-circuit television cameras to monitor canals, and has made real-time information on rainfall and water levels available on a website. It has also helped local communities map the city’s water flows, produced a handbook on how to combat floods, and established an insurance fund to help…
Published on 23 June 2014
Robert Mather, head of the Southeast Asia Group for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, said climate change was an immediate problem. He said that at the current rate of energy consumption, the average temperature was expected to rise in Thailand and there would be more concentrated periods of rain, which could cause floods, in the near future. The Media Alliance said news outlets…
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