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Typhoon forces risky evacuations in virus-hit Philippines

A powerful typhoon hit the central Philippines Thursday, forcing a complicated and risky evacuation for tens of thousands already hunkered down at home during the coronavirus pandemic.   At least…

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False killer whales seen frolicking in Thailand’s Lanta marine park

A pod of more than 10 false killer whales has been sighted for the first time in the Lanta marine national park, off Thailand’s southern province of Krabi.   The…

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Animals saved from forest fires treated at a clinic in Chiang Mai

Twenty wild animals have been rescued from forest fires in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai and they are now under the care of an animal clinic operated by the…

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China state media reports 19 people killed in forest fire

BEIJING (AP) — Nineteen people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern China and hundreds of reinforcements were sent to fight the blaze and evacuate nearby residents,…

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Thai PBS Foundation supports forest fire-fighting efforts

The Thai PBS Foundation has joined the private and government sectors to support the forest fire fighting efforts, of officials of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust found in the atmosphere of 22 areas of Bangkok today

Air quality in Bangkok today has improved slightly, compared to yesterday, with only 22 areas found to have PM2.5 dust exceeding the 50-micron safety threshold. The whole of Bangkok was…

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Air pollution closes all municipal schools Wednesday until Friday

All schools under the supervision of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have been ordered closed from tomorrow (Wednesday) until Friday, as air quality in the capital worsened today and the…

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All Bangkok suffering excessive PM2.5 dust today

The whole of Thailand’s capital and its vicinity were found to have excessive amounts of PM2.3 dust in the air this morning, measured between 55 and 90 microns, according to…

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PM2.5 dust particles forecast to blanket city until end of month

Bangkok residents have been advised to protect their health by wearing face masks while they are outdoors, but to avoid outdoor activities where possible, from today until the end of…

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A man uses a plank of wood to paddle a kayak on flood water after the River Wye burst its banks in Ross-on-Wye, western England, on February 17, 2020, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis. (Reuters)

Storm Dennis wreaks deadly havoc across flood-hit Britain

A 55-year-old woman was found dead after being swept away near the flood-prone town of Tenbury Wells in western England. Britain on Monday battled the fallout from Storm Dennis after…

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51 orange pollution level zones in Bangkok today as air quality deteriorates

Fifty-one areas in Bangkok, and eight in its vicinity, have been declared ‘orange zones’ this morning (Monday) as the levels of PM2.5 dust in the air reach 77 microns. Air…

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Haze returns to Bangkok as airborne dust levels soar in 34 districts

Thirty-four districts in Bangkok have excessive amounts of PM2.5 dust in air today (Sunday) as the haze returns to the city, according to the coordinating centre for solving air pollution…

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FILE PHOTO: A plane releases fire retardant over forest during bushfires in South Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia November 12, 2019 in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. Video taken November 12,2019. IAIN BREW via REUTERS

State of emergency declared as bushfire threatens Australian capital

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Canberra and surrounding regions on Friday, as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to propel…

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Increased PM2.5 dust in the air of Bangkok and suburbs today

Air quality in Bangkok and its vicinity is deteriorating today, with increasing levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere being measured at 16-41 microns, which is still below the 50-micron…

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Farmers burning sugarcane face additional fees for milling their crop

Sugarcane growers, who burn their crops before harvesting, will be charged 30 baht/tonne for the burnt sugarcane delivered to sugar mills, while the mills will be levied 12 baht/tonne for…

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Fewer airborne fine dust particles in and around Bangkok today

The levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere over Bangkok and its suburbs have fallen today (Thursday) to 27-66 microns, with 11 areas found to exceed the 50-micron safety threshold,…

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Celebrities blame pollution on Government incompetence

Celebrities have joined residents in and around Bangkok in accusing the Government of being complacent and incompetent in its approach to solving the worsening PM2.5 dust pollution.   Well known…

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Bangkok’s Samsen Road the most polluted today

Samsen Road, in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok, was identified as the most polluted of the 56 areas experiencing dust above the safe level, with airborne PM2.5 measured at…

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Air pollution is worsening in and around Bangkok

Air pollution in Bangkok and its vicinity is worsening today due to increased levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere, as a result of temperature inversion, according to the Pollution…

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First baby leatherback turtle hatches today in Phang-nga

Officials in Thailand’s Khao Lampee-Haad Thai Muang National Park, in the southern province of Phang-nga, were overjoyed today (Sunday) when this year’s first baby leatherback turtle hatched and emerged from…

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Agencies responsible for air quality are incompetent – Nida Poll

Most of the respondents to a recent opinion poll accuse government agencies of incompetence and complacence in the handling of air pollution in Bangkok. According to Nida Poll, by the…

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Exhaust and no wind blamed for Bangkok’s worsening air quality

Vehicular exhaust, accumulated since Friday evening when traffic was the worst of the week, compounded by a temperature inversion increased air pollution in and around Bangkok on Saturday, according to…

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Mon Jam resort operators defy order to suspend operations

Resort operators at Doi Mon Jam, in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district, are defying an order, issued by the Mae Rim district office, to suspend their operations within 30 days…

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A farmer examines his melon plants

Thailand’s “agriculture 4.0” – a dream come true?

Suwit Traichok, a 60-year-old melon producer, was the pioneer of Thailand’s young smart farmers. Despite having a promising career and a decent salary in a well-established organization, Thai Airways International,…

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The fires have claimed 28 lives, scorched massive tracts of pristine forests and destroyed thousands of homes

Rain brings joy for Australian firefighters, farmers

Drought-breaking storms dumped desperately needed rain on some bushfire-ravaged parts of eastern Australia on Friday, while giving joy to many farmers who have faced losing precious livestock and crops.  …

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Temperature inversion traps dust in Bangkok and suburbs today

Bangkok and its suburbs are experiencing one of the most polluted days today (Thursday) due to an unusually high accumulation of fine airborne dust being caused by stagnant air, producing…

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Properties at Nerrigundah, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, are damaged and destroyed after a wildfire ripped through the town on New Year’s Eve. The tiny village of Nerrigundah in New South Wales has been among the hardest hit by Australia’s devastating wildfires, with about two thirds the homes destroyed and a 71-year-old man killed. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

Australian Open qualifying begins despite poor air quality

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Smoke haze and poor air quality caused by wildfires temporarily suspended practice sessions for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, but qualifying began later…

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Students protest government’s inaction on PM2.5 dust problem

Although the amount of dust in the atmosphere in Bangkok and its suburbs has reduced today, a group of students rallied in front of Government House this morning (Tuesday) to…

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Fewer areas affected by PM2.5 dust on Sunday

The airborne dust situation in Bangkok and its suburbs saw a slight improvement today, with the levels of airborne PM2.5 particulate falling to 26-73 microns, compared with Saturday’s 92-13 microns…

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More areas now shrouded in clouds of PM2.5 dust

Air quality in Bangkok and its suburbs deteriorated even further this morning, with 50 areas now considered to be dangerous to health with levels of airborne PM2.5 dust particulate increasing…

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A firefighter manages a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Storms bring relief and danger to Australian wildfires

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thunderstorms and showers brought some relief for firefighters battling deadly wildfires across Australia’s drought-parched east coast on Wednesday, but also raised concerns that lightning will spark…

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Australian authorities warn bushfire reprieve will be over soon

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities warned people on Wednesday to prepare for another wave of evacuations as temperatures in the country’s southeast began to rise after a days-long cool spell,…

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Water diverted from Tha Chine to Chao Phraya River to flush out seawater

The Royal Irrigation Department has started diverting water from the Tha Chine River, in Nakhon Pathom province, into the Chao Phraya River through the Phraya Banlue irrigation canal to flush…

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Swathes of land have been left charred by bushfires in Australia’s New South Wales

Australia firefighters race to contain blazes as heatwave looms

Firefighters raced to contain massive bushfires in southeastern Australia Tuesday, taking advantage of a brief drop in temperatures and some much-needed rainfall before another heatwave strikes later this week.  …

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Villagers protest to demand closure of smelting plant in Ayutthaya

Over 200 residents of Lat Bua Luang district in Thailand’s central province of Ayutthaya held a protest yesterday (Monday) to demand the closure of a scrap metal smelting plant, which…

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PCD advises people in Bangkok and suburbs to wear face masks outdoors

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) is advising people in Bangkok and its suburbs to wear face masks while they are outdoors as air quality deteriorates, with 28 areas found to…

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High tides this week threaten tap water quality in Bangkok and suburbs

Tides are forecast to peak between January 8th and 15th, which may increase the salinity of tap water in Bangkok and its suburbs, according to Mr. Somkiat Prajamwong, secretary-general of…

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Blackened trees poke through the scorched ground after a wildfire ripped through near Kangaroo Valley, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. The deadly wildfires, which have been raging since September, have already burned about 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land and destroyed more than 1,500 homes. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australia commits billions of dollars to wildfire recovery

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s government on Monday said it was willing to pay “whatever it takes” to help communities recover from deadly wildfires that have ravaged the country.   Prime…

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PCD meeting this afternoon to address PM2.5 particulate problem

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) has scheduled a meeting with related agencies this afternoon (Monday) to discuss the air quality in Bangkok and its suburbs as the amount of PM2.5…

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Australia begins damage assessment amid temporary respite from bushfires

Australian authorities began assessing the damage on Sunday from heatwave-spurred bushfires that swept through two states a day earlier, as cooler conditions provided a temporary respite from blazes that have…

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Thieves steal eggs from rare leatherback turtle nest in Phang-nga

Late Friday night or early this morning, thieves stole most of the eggs from the nest of a rare leatherback turtle, which had come ashore in Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Muang…

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Shock, fear and sadness grip Australia’s ‘bushfire refugees’

Thousands of Australians forced from their homes by rampaging bushfires now find themselves stuck in makeshift camps, fearful for the future and turned refugees in their own country. On golf…

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Residents move the wreckage of cars that were swept away by flood in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.Severe flooding in greater Jakarta has killed scores of people and displaced tens of thousands others, the country’s disaster management agency said. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia capital floods leave 43 dead, 397,000 displaced

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from floods in Indonesia’s capital rose to 43 of Friday as rescuers found more bodies amid receding floodwaters, disaster officials said.   Monsoon…

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Bamboo food containers sell like hot cakes at Sri Nan national park

Bamboo cups, plates and trays, offered on a trial basis to visitors to Sri Nan national park in Thailand’s northern province of Nan as an alternative to plastics, have sold…

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A plateful of plastic

A plateful of plastic Visualising the amount of microplastic we eat   Microscopic pieces of plastic have been discovered in the most remote locations, from the depths of the ocean…

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Positive response to Thailand’s “Everyday Say No to Plastic Bags” campaign

The positive public response to end of shopping malls, department and convenience stores distributing single-use plastic bags, as of January 1st, is a huge New Year’s gift to Thailand and…

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Members of a rescue team prepare an inflatable boat to evacuate locals as floods hit the Jatinegara area after heavy rains in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Flood death toll rises to 21 in Indonesian capital

JAKARTA (Reuters) – The death toll from flash floods and landslides in and around Indonesia’s capital Jakarta reached at least 21 on Thursday, with more heavy rain forecast, authorities said….

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A young man carries a new plastic bag, suddenly a rare sight on the streets of the capital as a ban on plastic bags took effect with the new year, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Shoppers in central Mexico City could be seen Wednesday carrying reusable shopping bags and reused plastic bags, as stores stopped providing disposable plastic bags to their customers.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico City plastic bag ban to take residents back in time

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For centuries, Mexico City residents brought warm tortillas home in reusable cloths or woven straw baskets, and toted others foods in conical rolls of paper, “ayate”…

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