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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 in…
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 debris, his…
Published on 6 December 2018 Thailand
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 plant…
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…
Published on 11 July 2018
By now, it’s well known that their predicament was caused by rising floodwaters in the cave. What is less known is that the pattern of precipitation that ensnared them is in keeping with broader changes to the region’s seasonal monsoon that researchers have attributed to climate change. “Over the South Asian landmass, we’ve seen that extreme rainfall events have become more frequent,” said Amit Tandon…
Published on 10 July 2018
“It is the start of the monsoon season in Thailand,” she said. “I’ve been looking at the weather forecast there for Chiang-Rai, for the region, every day for the past week. Every day it has consistently shown the risk of thundershowers; now they haven’t, fortunately, materialized.” Commenting on several other extreme weather events around the world, Ms. Nullis noted that in Japan, flash floods across…
Published on 9 July 2018
Read more. Source: The Christian Science Monitor | 9 July 2018…
Published on 16 June 2018
In the seminar, the company shared its vision, exchanged 2018’s sustainable trends, as well as illustrated concrete examples of how headquarter policies are being implemented in Thai society in accordance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Shell also emphasised the importance of energy transition that would support the increasing needs of motorists while reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its innovations, partnership and people…
Published on 3 June 2018
The whale died on Friday, the Post wrote, and an autopsy discovered what Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said were 80 plastic bags lodged in its stomach. It’s far from the first time whales have turned up sick or dead from ingesting trash. Per the Post, experts say that the whale likely believed the bags were food: Thai officials said they believe the…
Published on 12 March 2018
UN Environment’s technical assistance and stakeholder engagement were instrumental in helping the country work out how to promote sustainable, energy-efficient buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring affordable housing for its citizens. The assistance was provided via NAMA for the Building Sector in Asia, a project of the International Climate Initiative. The project supported Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam to design government-led…
Published on 5 March 2018
Nonetheless, the impacts of climate change in the region are already evident. One of the most impacted countries is Thailand. From 1997 to 2016, Thailand was ranked in the top 10 countries at long-term risk of climate change according to a 2018 report by Germanwatch – a non-profit think-tank in Bonn, Germany. According to Germanwatch, Thailand lost an average of 140 people and $7.6bn each…
Published on 23 January 2018
The military, which took power since a 2014 coup, has rolled out reforms since the European Union in 2015 threatened to ban fish imports from Thailand unless it clean up the industry. But the advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says little has changed. Brad Adams, the group’s Asia director, said the measures should have given consumers in Europe, the United States and Japan the…
Published on 18 January 2018
The organization reported that conditions had contributed to more than 50,000 premature deaths. In the seminar “Big Issues about Very Small Particulate Matter” at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre on Tuesday, Greenpeace stated that air pollution problems in Thailand remained severe, while people were not being informed about the situation since the Pollution Control Department (PCD) did not include PM2.5 in national Air Quality…
Published on 7 January 2018
Prominent water and climate change experts interviewed by The Nation agreed that Thailand will receive larger amount of precipitation than usual due to the influence of the La Nina phase of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which is expected during this year. They also agreed that this year’s water situation was expected to resemble that of 1995. The year 1995 was one of the…
Published on 5 December 2017
It used to be said that flooding in the south of Thailand was an annual event during the wet season but it is now happening more than once a year. For the past week, the province of Songkhla - along with others in the region - has been pelted by heavy rain resulting in all 16 districts being declared disaster zones. To a large extent…
Published on 27 September 2017
Members of this growing group - Thai Agro Business Association (TABA), Thai Crop Protection Association (TCPA), and CropLife Asia among others - personally delivered a letter recently to the Office of the Prime Minister sharing this sentiment and conducted a briefing for members of the media today. "Thailand Farmers deserve solutions and our support -- not scare tactics peddled by activists," said Mr. Pramote Tirapraiwong…
Published on 5 September 2017
As the 2016 chair of the Group of 77 – the largest coalition of developing nations at the United Nations – the Kingdom of Thailand made its primary mission to enhance cooperation between north and south, as well as strengthen south-south cooperation. This exchange of resources, technology and knowledge between developing countries, often referred to as the Global South, can be complementary to achieving the…
Published on 8 August 2017
The environmental group made the announcement as it disclosed average readings of PM2.5 – particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micron – in the country during the first half of 2017. PM2.5 is so small that it can be inhaled into the blood system and cause cancer and heart disease. The assessment of PM2.5 levels at 19 air quality measurement stations in 14 provinces across the…
Published on 19 June 2017
“Before, it started flooding after raining for three days. But now, it floods after just three hours of rain,” the 47-year-old said. “After a while, if nothing is done, it’ll be less than an hour before it starts flooding.” As Thailand’s rainy season gets underway, residents in and around Bangkok say they are experiencing more intense and frequent seasonal floods since 2011, when the capital…
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