Environment

Governor Chadchart floats idea of Sunday being tree planting day in Bangkok

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt is confident that the city’s administration will exceed its ambitious target to plant one million trees in Bangkok within four years and that Sundays may be…

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Residents of Red Lodge, Montana, are seen clearing mud, water and debris from the small city’s main street on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, / AP

Yellowstone flooding forces 10,000 to leave national park

RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — More than 10,000 visitors were ordered out of Yellowstone as unprecedented flooding tore through the northern half of the nation’s oldest national park, washing out…

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Polluted air cuts global life expectancy by two years

Microscopic air pollution caused mostly by burning fossil fuels shortens lives worldwide by more than two years, researchers reported Tuesday.  Across South Asia, the average person would live five years…

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Bottlenose dolphin found on Khao Lak beach rescued

A 1.5 metre, 60kg bottlenose dolphin, which washed ashore on Khao Lak beach, in Thailand’s southern province of Phang-nga yesterday (Friday), has been rescued and taken to the Phuket Marine…

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Fishermen petition against immature fish catches on World Oceans Day

Small-scale fishing folk arrived at the Thai parliament in three small fishing vessels this morning (Wednesday), to petition the government and parliament against the destructive practice of catching inedible and…

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Fishermen to petition against catching of inedible, immature fish

A group of small-scale fishermen, from 23 provinces, arrived in the estuary of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok today (Monday), after a voyage of over 10 days from the…

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Atmospheric CO2 more than 50 percent higher than pre-industrial era

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in May were 50 percent higher than during the pre-industrial era, reaching levels not seen on Earth for about four million years, the…

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Najin, the 33-year-old female northern white rhino in Kenya.

Hopes for the species hinge on last female rhino able to produce healthy eggs

Conservationists in Kenya have been extracting oocytes from the last two female northern white rhinos on the planet- in an attempt to save the species from extinction using IVF. Neither…

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Top 3 trends at Thailand’s largest food exhibition underline the importance of sustainability

Sustainability, plant-based and clean label food products have dominated the THAIFEX-ANUGA ASIA 2022, Thailand’s top food exhibition and one of the region’s largest. No one was surprised to see that…

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Officials investigate oil slicks washed ashore on Bang Saen beach

Officials from Thailand’s Marine and Coastal Resources Department were yesterday sent to Bang Saen beach, in the eastern province of Chon Buri, to investigate the source of oil which has…

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G7 vows to end fossil-fuel financing abroad by end 2022: statement

Japan on Friday for the first time joined fellow members of the Group of Seven industrialised nations in pledging to end public financing for fossil fuel projects abroad by the…

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Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022 in Bali, Indonesia (27/5/2022). ANTARA FOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/nym.

UN disaster summit concludes with ‘Bali Agenda for Resilience’

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was a ‘wake-up call’ to improve preventative measures and ‘stop the spiral of increasing disaster impact and risk’. May 27, 2022, Bali, INDONESIA…

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Thai rural environmentalist wins 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize

A rural Thai teacher-turned committed protector of the mighty Mekong River, Niwat Roykaew, aka “Teacher Thi”, has been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2022, along with five other…

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Thailand’s new air quality standard to become effective in June 2023

The National Environmental Board has approved the Pollution Control Department’s proposal to tighten the air quality safety standard by reducing the safe amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere from…

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Vets investigate death of Bryde’s whale found in Bangkok’s Bang Khun Thian

A team of veterinarians from Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources was sent to a mangrove forest in Bang Khun Thian district yesterday (Saturday), to investigate the remains of…

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Sandstorms pose serious risk to human health

Sandstorms have engulfed the Middle East in recent days, in a phenomenon experts warn could proliferate because of climate change, putting human health at grave risk. At least 4,000 people…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha

PM stops Hazardous Substances Committee reviewing ban on 3 chemicals

Attempts by Thailand’s National Hazardous Substance Committee to review the ban on herbicides paraquat and glyphosate and insecticide chlorpyrifos has been thwarted by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The prime minister…

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Indulging the senses in the mangrove forest

We always need to go back to nature, no matter how far our urban lives lead us away from it. And a perfect place to do just that is a…

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A diver swims past coral on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia / AP

Most Great Barrier Reef coral studied this year was bleached

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 90% of Great Barrier Reef coral surveyed this year was bleached in the fourth such mass event in seven years in the world’s largest…

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Gearing up towards sustainable energy transition in Thailand

Thailand is in the transition toward the carbon neutrality goals aligned with the Conference of Parties (COP 26) commitment to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, according to an expert. In…

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A woman harvests wheat on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Thursday, April 28, 2022. An unusually early, record-shattering heat wave in India has reduced wheat yields, raising questions about how the country will balance its domestic needs with ambitions to increase exports and make up for shortfalls due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Heat wave scorches India’s wheat crop, snags export plans

NEW DELHI (AP) — An unusually early, record-shattering heat wave in India has reduced wheat yields, raising questions about how the country will balance its domestic needs with ambitions to…

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Sea sick: how we are destroying our oceans and what we can do about it

Oceans are amazing. Covering more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface, they are among the most valuable natural resources that keep us alive in many different ways. But unfortunately, this…

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Illegal land clearing in Phra Thong Island mangrove forest suspended

Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has ordered an immediate halt to the clearing of mangrove forest on the island, in the southern province of Phang-nga, after it was…

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Clampdown on excessive vehicle exhaust in and around Bangkok

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD), in cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the Royal Thai Police and the Land Transport Department launched a clampdown today (Wednesday) on vehicles emitting…

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Excessive PM2.5 airborne dust in Bangkok and surrounding areas on Sunday

Air quality in Bangkok and its surrounding areas is below standard today (Sunday), with the level of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere measuring between 56 and 99 microns due to…

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‘Less Plastic Phuket’ a stepping stone to better waste management

In the past few years, the COVID-19 outbreak has increased the amount of plastic waste, despite many people working from home, as well as the dramatic drop in the number…

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Single-use plastic and Styrofoam products banned from Thai national parks

Effective today (Wednesday), all single-use plastic and Styrofoam items are banned from all of Thailand’s national parks. According to the announcement by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant…

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Rare leopard captured by camera trap in Thailand’s Chiang Dao wildlife sanctuary

A leopard (Panthera pardus) has been recorded by a camera trap for the first time in the Chiang Dao wildlife sanctuary of Chiang Mai province, according to the Facebook page…

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Unusual high pressure system from China brings summer chill to parts of Thailand

People in Bangkok and most other parts of the country woke up this morning feeling as if they are in the middle of the cold season, instead of what is…

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National Parks Dept. mulls removing crested bulbul from protected species list

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has set up a panel to consider the possibility of removing the red-whiskered, or crested bulbul from the country’s list of…

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How Klong Dan project gushed from pollution solution to corruption torrent to expensive lesson

The controversial Klong Dan wastewater treatment project has made headlines at regular intervals over the past three decades. News reports initially described the plant as a solution to water pollution,…

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A woman crosses railway tracks as a goods train passes by, on a smoggy day in New Delhi, India, November 12, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo

No country met WHO air quality standards in 2021

SHANGHAI, March 22 (Reuters) – Not a single country managed to meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) air quality standard in 2021, a survey of pollution data in 6,475 cities showed on Tuesday, and smog even rebounded in…

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Food operators forge ahead with green initiatives to help save the planet

Food delivery services in Thailand increased dramatically during the pandemic and even though dine-in restrictions have now been lifted, ordering in remains as popular as ever. Granted, ordering is a…

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Sealing of damaged Rayong oil pipeline expected to be completed on Friday

After days of delays in efforts to seal one of the two ruptures in a flexible submarine oil pipeline, Star Petroleum Refining Plc (SPRC) is set to install a collar…

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Fingerprinting process used to determine source of new oil film in sea off Laem Charoen beach

Officials from Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) and Marine and Coastal Resources Department have collected samples from a film of oil floating in the sea near Laem Charoen beach, in…

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Oil film floats towards Laem Charoen beach in Thailand’s Rayong province

Oil film floats towards Laem Charoen beach in Thailand’s Rayong province

Officials from the Marine and Coastal Resources Department and Star Petroleum Refining Plc (SPRC) have launched an operation to contain a one-km long film of oil floating towards Laem Charoen…

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Fire fighters containing forest fires in Ob Khan national park in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Provincial Governor Prachon Prachsakul has ordered local officials and relevant agencies to assist in containing the spread of forest fires at Ob Khan national park in the province….

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Oil company fixing pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand after failure to mend a valve

Star Petroleum Refining Plc (SPRC) has changed the repair plan to focus on fixing two ruptures in the submarine oil pipeline with special adhesive material. This process may take eight…

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China vows new incentives to cut pollution, CO2, but says ‘stability’ paramount

SHANGHAI, March 5 (Reuters) – China will introduce new incentives to cut pollution and carbon emissions this year, but flexibility and stability remain the country’s top prioritiesas economic pressures mount,…

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Air quality deteriorating in Thailand’s northern, north-eastern regions

The air quality in several northern and north-eastern provinces, including Chiang Mai, is deteriorating to a level which may pose a risk to people’s health, due to an increase in…

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Thailand officially enters summer on Wednesday

The cool season in Thailand is now officially over, as the country officially enters summer today (Wednesday), according the Thai Meteorological Department. Most of the northern part of Thailand will…

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Excessive levels of PM2.5 dust detected in 28 areas of Bangkok on Monday

Poor air quality has been reported in 28 areas of metropolitan Bangkok today (Monday), with the amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere exceeding safety limits, mainly due to stagnant…

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Fishermen to rally at Map Ta Phut on Monday seeking compensation over oil spills

Small-scale fishermen in Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong are to rally at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate today (Monday), to demand compensation from Star Petroleum Refining (SPRC), which is…

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Red flags flown at Mae Ram Phueng beach as oil pollutant levels exceed limits

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) has advised against swimming in the sea or playing on the sand at three spots on Mae Ram Phueng beach in Rayong province, after high…

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Tanker caught discharging oil into the sea off Thailand’s Chon Buri province

The skipper of an aging oil tanker is facing charges for violating the Navigation in Thai Waters Act by allegedly discharging about 3,000 litres of oil into the sea off…

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Residual oil to be removed from fractured pipe in Gulf of Thailand Thursday

Divers from the maintenance team of Star Petroleum Refining (SPRC) have managed to close three valves on the ruptured submarine oil pipeline after two days of effort, paving the way…

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Calls grow for suspension of oil company’s license as more oil found on Thai beach

Calls have been increasing, from businesses and the public in the Mar Ram Phueng beach area in the eastern province of Rayong, for the authorities to suspend the operating license…

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Plan to fix ruptured oil pipeline off Rayong still awaiting approval

Star Petroleum Refining Company (SPRC) has presented its plan, to the Rayong office of the Marine Department, for repairs to the ruptured undersea oil pipeline connected to the company’s offshore…

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Second rupture found in oil pipeline as SPRC seeks permission to make repairs

The Star Petroleum Refining Company (SPRC) has sent an urgent notice to the Thai Marine Department’s office in Rayong province, seeking permission to access an offshore mooring platform to repair…

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Additional complaint filed with police over latest oil spill in sea off Rayong

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) has filed its second complaint with Map Ta Phut police, in the eastern province of Rayong, against those responsible for the marine oil spill in…

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Oil found on Mae Ram Phueng beach and at sea as containment of the spill continues

Oil found on Mae Ram Phueng beach and at sea as containment of the spill continues

Patches of a thin film of oil were found this morning (Saturday) on Mae Ram Phueng beach and oil slicks have been detected floating in the sea near the beach….

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After more than 200 oil spills in 50 years, here’s how Thailand can clean up its act

Two recent oil spills off Rayong province are just the latest in a long line of similar disasters in Thai seas. Records reveal that more than 200 oil spills have occurred over…

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Oil found in water near SPRC seaport at Thailand’s Map Ta Phut after leak

Patches of a thin film of oil were detected this morning (Friday) about three nautical miles in front of the Map Ta Phut seaport of Star Petroleum Refining (SPRC) as…

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Oil unintentionally left in pipeline off Rayong blamed for Thursday’s new spill

Rayong Deputy Governor Pirun Hemarak today (Thursday) blamed residual oil, left inside a plastic oil pipeline due to human error, for the second oil spill in just over two weeks…

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Another oil spill reported at same spot in Gulf of Thailand on Thursday

Star Petroleum Refining (SPRC), the company behind the oil spill in the Gulf of Thailand two weeks ago in January, revealed today (Thursday) that there has been another spill and…

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Black globules found on beaches in Rayong , Chon Buri sent for tests

A large number of the globules, believed to be dissolved oil, have been found scattered along the beaches in the eastern provinces of Rayong and Chon Buri as well as…

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Animal feed shortages in breeding stations reaches critical level due to budget cuts

Substantial budget cuts, especially for animal feed, has raised serious concern that many animals in breeding stations, operated by the Wildlife Conservation Office, will be left to starve, said President…

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A worker cleans up crude oil on Mae Ram Phueng beach following a spill caused by a leak in an undersea pipeline owned by Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited (SPRC) in Rayong on January 29, 2022. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Impact of Rayong oil spill on corals may take at least a year to emerge

Marine scientists at Chulalongkorn University say that it may take a year or more for impacts from the recent oil spill in the sea off Rayong province to manifest on…

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Oil firm insists only 39 tonnes of crude oil leaked into the sea off Rayong but accepts responsibility

The Star Petroleum Refining Company has issued an announcement insisting that only 39 tonnes, or about 47,000 litres of crude oil leaked from its broken offshore pipeline, near the deep-sea…

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Thailand to close oil leak command centre after less than two weeks

Thailand is set to close the command centre handling the oil leak in its eastern province of Rayong today (Friday), after the slicks leaked in the Gulf of Thailand last…

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Thai Navy finds no trace of oil from recent spill in seas off Rayong province

No trace of last week’s oil spill have been found floating in the sea off Rayong province today (Wednesday), but officials are remaining vigilant as divers continue surveying the undersea…

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Measures planned to protect wild tigers in Thailand’s western forests

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and various environmental organisations have agreed to tighten up measures to protect wild tigers in the western forests of the country…

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Hundreds of beachside businesses claim compensation over oil spill impacts

Rayong’s Muang district officials started receiving claims for compensation today (Tuesday), from business people affected by the recent oil spill, as health officials took blood and urine samples from 241…

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Corals, beaches in Thailand’s Ao Prao still unharmed by oil spill

Shallow corals in Ao Prao and nearby areas remain unharmed by the recent oil spill, as does the sea life, according to divers from the Department of Marine and Coastal…

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Oil droplets washed ashore on Ao Prao beach on Samet Island

Patches of small droplets of oil, dissolved by bio dispersant,have been washed ashore on the beaches of Ao Prao bay on Samet Island today, raising concerns that they may threaten…

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Clean-up of Mae Ram Phueng beach done, attention now on Samet Island

Satellite images from 10.16am today (Sunday) showed no sign of oil on Thailand’s Mae Ram Phueng beach or in the sea close to Khao Laem Ya-Moo Koh Samet national park,…

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Oil slick comes ashore on Thailand’s Mae Ram Phueng beach on Saturday

Rayong’s provincial governor is expected to declare Mae Ram Phueng beach a disaster zone today after oil from a recent spill washed ashore, polluting the shoreline for a distance of…

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More vessels deployed to prevent oil slick from reaching beaches

Ten additional vessels have been deployed in a major clean-up operation in the seas off Rayong following an oil leak late Tuesday, while fishing boats are laying booms to prevent…

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Oil spill in Gulf of Thailand expected to be contained in 7-10 days with dispersants

Thailand’s navy and pollution experts are rushing to clear up an oil spill in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of the eastern province of Rayong today (Thursday), after…

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Hundreds of thousand litres of crude oil leaks in Gulf of Thailand, clean up operations underway

Teams from the departments of Pollution Control, Marine and Marine and Coastal Resources have been sent to the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of the eastern province of Rayong,…

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A Popa langur moves along a forest floor. The Popa langur is among 224 new species listed in the World Wildlife Fund’s latest update on the Mekong region./ AP

Ghostly monkey among 224 new Mekong region species

BANGKOK (AP) — A monkey with ghostly white circles around its eyes is among 224 new species listed in the World Wildlife Fund’s latest update on the greater Mekong region….

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corals shaped like roses in the waters off the coast of Tahiti of the French Polynesia. (Photo by Alexis Rosenfeld/@alexis.rosenfeld via AP)

Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coast

Deep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of…

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The World Bank estimates that air pollution-related healthcare expenses are equivalent to 4 percent of a country’s GDP. (Photo by Mladen Antonov / AFP)

All choking aside, is Thailand making progress in battle with air pollution?

Many Thais have developed a habit of checking the air quality index daily so they can take steps to protect themselves against lung-busting PM2.5 dust. However, the quest for clean…

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High level of air pollution found in 11 areas in and around Bangkok on Monday

Poor air quality has been reported today (Monday) by the Department of Pollution Control in 11 areas of Bangkok and its surrounding provinces, with the worst in Khlong Sam Wa…

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Tonga volcano eruption triggers tsunami warnings in Japan, Pacific islands

An underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering tsunami warnings and evacuation orders in Japan and causing large waves in several South Pacific islands, where footage on social media…

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Experts confirm micro-plastic particles are present in the air we breathe

The Busan Research Institute of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that micro-plastic particles are present in the air we breathe. Plastic breaks apart into tiny fragments in the rivers…

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Worsening air pollution forecast until Monday in and around Bangkok

People in Bangkok and its surroundings are being advised to brace for deteriorating air quality, with the amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere reaching health-threatening levels from today until…

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Rare Manta rays found around Thailand’s Rok Islands

People snorkelling in the waters surrounding the Rok Islands in the Andaman Sea, off Thailand’s southern province of Trang, have sighted Manta Rays, a vulnerable species and the largest type…

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Thailand demands ฿1.8bn from company for toxic waste discharge

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) is demanding 1.8 billion baht in compensation from a private company for environmental damage allegedly caused by toxic chemicals discharged from its factory, located at…

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Protesters against biomass power plant stage hunger strike

Twelve protesters from Nabon district, in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, began a hunger strike this morning, in front of Government House in Bangkok, to reinforce their demand…

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Air pollution in Bangkok, 14 other provinces exceed standard levels, to peak on Saturday

People living in Bangkok and 14 other provinces have been advised to refrain from outdoor activities, such as exercise, from today (Thursday) until Monday, due to worsening air pollution caused…

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This photo taken on July 5, 2020 shows migrant miners living next to a jade mine near Hpakant in Kachin state. – Myanmar is one of the world’s biggest sources of jadeite and the industry is supercharged by demand for the green gem from neighbouring China. The landslide on July 2, in which more than 170 miners were killed, was the worst accident in memory to befall Myanmar’s notoriously dangerous jade mines. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

One dead, at least 70 missing after landslide at Myanmar jade mine: rescue team

At least 70 people were missing and one confirmed dead on Wednesday following a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, a member of the rescue team told AFP….

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The operator of a wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said it has applied for safety authorities’ approval to construct an undersea tunnel and other facility needed for a planned release of treated radioactive water from the plant to sea.(Kyodo News via AP, File)

TEPCO to release treated radioactive water into the sea around mid-April 2023

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced on Tuesday that it has filed a plan for handling the water with Japan’s nuclear regulators. The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power…

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Expert warns of aftershocks after 5.8 magnitude earthquake today in Laos

A structural engineering expert has warned of possible aftershocks in the next few days, following the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in the Lao PDR at 4.06am today (Monday), which was also…

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Fallen electric pylons block a road while a sign asking for food (L) is displayed along a road in Surigao City, Surigao del norte province, on December 19, 2021, days after super Typhoon Rai devastated the city. (Photo by Ferdinandh CABRERA / AFP)

Death toll in Philippines typhoon hits 208

Manila (AFP) – The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has surged to 208, the national police said Monday, making it one of the deadliest…

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Special online clinic opens to offer advice on PM2.5 pollution problem

Thailand’s Department of Medical Services has opened a special online clinic to provide counselling to people who may be having problems with atmospheric dust, as eight areas in and around…

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Na Bon district residents rally at police HQ against bio-mass power plant

A group from Na Bon district of Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat rallied in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters today (Thursday), to protest against the planned…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust covering 23 areas in and around Bangkok

23 areas in Bangkok and surrounding provinces are experiencing air pollution today (Thursday), with the amount of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere exceeding the 50-micron safety level, partially due to…

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Cabinet approves 11-year rehabilitation plan for Bangkok’s Saen Saeb Canal

The cabinet approved an 11-year plan today (Tuesday) for the rehabilitation and development of the environment along the 74km Saen Saeb Canal, which snakes through many communities in Bangkok. The…

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Thai PM promises to review Chana project SEA, but says it cannot be scrapped

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Monday) that the Chana district industrial estate project, in the southern province of Songkhla, cannot legally be cancelled, but he promised a complete review…

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Thai Energy Minister to head Chana industrial estate fact-finding panel

Government representatives met with leaders of Jana District protesters today (Friday), to inform them of the appointment by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s of Energy Minister as head the fact-finding committee on…

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Excessive amounts of PM2.5 dust found in many areas in and around Bangkok

The amount of PM2.5 dust in 11 areas of Bangkok and its peripherals exceeds the standard level of 50 micrograms/cubic metre today, according to the Pollution Control Department’s Air4Thai website….

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Exhibition held to mark Thailand’s high-profile illegal hunting case

Members of civil society and animal rights groups held an exhibition and other activities at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre today, ahead of tomorrow’s announcement of a landmark Supreme…

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Worsening air quality in Bangkok, provinces nearby forecast through next month

People living in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces are advised to brace for an increase in PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere, which is expected to get worse during the cold…

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Thai stargazers urged to enjoy view of a bright Venus on December 7th

The planet Venus will be at its brightest this year on December 7th and stargazers in Thailand can see this celestial phenomenon with the naked eye by looking to the…

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PM2.5 pollution returns to Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is warning of an increase in PM2.5 dust between December 5th and 7th, especially in Khlong Sam Wa, Min Buri, Nong Khaem, Tawee Wattana, Bang…

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403,235 krathong baskets collected from waterways across Bangkok

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) collected 403,235 krathong from canals, lakes and other waterways in the capital, following the annual Loy Krathong festival on Friday night. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang…

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Customer registers for the cup rental service on the smartphone. (Photo by NHK)

Starbucks Japan offers rental cups in Tokyo’s stores

Starbucks Japan is introducing rental cups on a trial basis to some stores in a bid to reduce waste. The company will begin the test next Monday at 10 stores…

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Commuters make their way amid heavy smog conditions pass an anti-smog gun (not pictured) spraying water to curb air pollution in New Delhi on November 16, 2021, as India’s capital air quality regularly plummets to the “severe” category in winter with levels of harmful particulates at dangerous levels. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)

Delhi schools shut indefinitely as smog worsens

New Delhi (AFP) – Delhi shut down schools until further notice, urged people to work from home and banned non-essential trucks from entering the Indian capital due to dangerous levels of…

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A delegate bearing a message on his back “1.5C is life” attends the People’s Plenary during the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow on November 12, 2021. – A draft statement of the COP26 summit called on nations to ease their reliance on fossil fuels as talks entered their final hours without any sign of delivering the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to 1.5C. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Countries urged to curb fossil fuels on COP26 final day

A draft statement of the COP26 summit Friday called on nations to ease their reliance on fossil fuels as talks entered their final hours without any sign of delivering the…

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