Environment

Land title deeds for farmers: Can Thailand escape the poverty trap? 

A government initiative to convert agricultural land reform certificates into title deeds has sparked both hope and concern for millions of Thailand’s poorest people. For farmers, the initiative offers the…

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Air quality checks underway following blaze at Ayutthaya chemical store

Officials from the Pollution Control Department have started testing the air quality around a chemical storage warehouse in the Phachi district of Ayutthaya, following a fire last night. It took…

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Excessive PM2.5 in 26 provinces, 258 hotspots in Thailand today

Twenty-six northern and north-eastern provinces have been found to be suffering excessive PM2.5 airborne pollution today as 258 hotspots were detected, most of them in Chiang Mai. Forest fires at…

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650,000 people treated for PM2.5-induced illnesses so far this year

More than 650,000 people have received medical treatment for illnesses caused by air pollution since the beginning of this year, particularly related to PM2.5, according to the Ministry of Public…

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Forest fires break out at base of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

Numerous forest fires are now burning at the base of Doi Suthep mountain in Chiang Mai, billowing plumes of white smoke into the sky, as fire fighters attempt to control…

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Probe ordered into alleged forest encroachment in Pang Asoke

The Royal Forest Department has order an investigation into an allegation that one of its former employees has encroached on the Pang Asoke woodlot, in Klang Dong sub-district of Nakhon…

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File photo : A group of local villagers in Udon Thani province talk to PM Srettha Thavisin about potash mining on February 19.

Thailand’s race to become a global potash giant leaves bitter taste in Isaan

Residents living around Thailand’s only commercial potash mine warn that Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s plan to transform the country into a leading potash producer risks inflicting devastating environmental impacts in…

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Firefighters trying to control forest fires in three national parks in Chiang Mai

Park officials are trying hard to control forest fires raging in Don Inthanon, Mae Thjo and Ob Luang national parks in Chiang Mai province. Two teams of firefighters from the…

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Man arrested for otter trading in Chachoengsao

Police in Chachoengsao province have detained a 26-year-old man for having protected wildlife animals including otters and their carcasses. Police also confiscated three soft-shelled turtle carcasses and those of two…

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Stray tiger trapped in Kamphaeng Phet

A wild tiger, which raised safety concerns when it was recently seen straying into a rural community in Khlong Lan district of Kamphaeng Phet province, was caught in a trap…

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Six land reform officials suspended over land dispute in Khao Yai National Park

Six officials at the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO) in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima have been suspended and reported to the Bangkok headquarters, pending an investigation into an…

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Live animal smuggler caught at Bangkok airport

A Mongolian man was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Saturday, as he attempted to smuggle live protected animals out of the country, said Customs spokesperson Phantong Loykulnanta today. The suspect…

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Army survey team to inspect disputed land in Khao Yai National Park

Mapping officers from the Survey Department and officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will visit Khao Yai National Park on Sunday, to conduct field mapping…

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Dead Oarfish found in the seas off Phuket

A rare deep-water Oarfish was caught in the net of a Thai trawler in the Andaman Sea, about 8 nautical miles from Phuket, on Thursday. The fish, which is the…

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Airborne pollution forecast to worsen this weekend

The PM2.5 problem in and around Bangkok, in 17 northern provinces and in the northeast is predicted to get worse this weekend, while the situation in the south is steadily…

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File photo : Chiang Mai

PM wants governors to leave their offices to address PM2.5 problem

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin held a special meeting today with the ministers of Interior and Natural Resources and Environment, as well as the chief of the Directorate of Civil Affairs…

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17 districts in Bangkok suffering dangerous levels of PM2.5 pollution today

PM2.5 dust has reached the health-damaging Red level in 17 districts of Bangkok today, an improvement from 31 districts yesterday. The Air Pollution Mitigation Centre predicts that the pollution will…

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Srettha walks a tightrope between maritime border and energy exploration with Cambodia

As Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin pursues closer ties with neighbouring Cambodia, he is also under pressure to speed up, set clear timelines and procedures for negotiations on the two countries’…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust in 49 areas of Bangkok Sunday

Forty-nine areas of Bangkok have excessive levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere, as the Air Quality Information Centre of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration advises everyone to reduce their out-door…

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First red-headed vulture born in the wild in Thailand in 30 years

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation announced yesterday the hatching of red-headed vulture chick (Asian king vulture – sarcogyps calvus) – the first of its kind in…

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Commercial fishing restrictions in Gulf of Thailand start February 15

The Fisheries Department has announced a 3-month commercial fishing restriction in the Gulf of Thailand, starting February 15, to protect spawning mackerel and to allow their fry to mature. The…

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Lop Buri macaques to be relocated

Macaque monkeys in Lop Buri province that have caused a nuisance to visitors and residents in Lop Buri province will be relocated to a zoo by the end of this…

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Joint Thai-Cambodian working group to fight cross-border pollution

Thailand and Cambodia today recognised the importance of reducing cross-border airborne pollution by agreeing to establish a joint working group, including the setting up of a hotline for the sharing…

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Draft bill on protection of ethnic peoples approved by Cabinet

The Cabinet has endorsed a draft bill on the protection and support of indigenous ethnic peoples in Thailand, Culture Minister Sermsak Pongpanich said after the weekly cabinet meeting today. The…

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37 protected forests off-limits to outsiders to prevent bushfires

Thirty-seven protected forests, including several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, have been declared off-limits to outsiders without prior permission to enter, as the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant…

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Disappearing seagrass in sea off Trang threatens dugong population

Seagrass, a major food source for dugongs, has been steadily disappearing from the seas off Thailand’s southern province of Trang, raising concerns among marine scientists and conservationists over the fate…

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Thailand’s PM2.5 issue discussed at international conference 

Thailand recently brought the PM2.5 situation in Thailand to the attention of international researchers at the conference titled the “Role and Fate of Forest Ecosystems in a Changing World” organized…

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Thailand pushes talks with Cambodia over transboundary pollution

The Thai government is accelerating efforts to hold talks with its Cambodian counterpart to address transboundary air pollution, which is posing an increasing threat to the health of people in…

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File photo : Chiang Rai

Will new air-quality laws cure Thailand’s smog-driven health crisis?

The ongoing push in Parliament to improve Thailand’s appalling record of air pollution offers hope that the decades-long threat to public health posed by PM2.5 smog could soon be curbed….

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Buriram province becoming an ideal place for water bird watching

Tweeters can enjoy water bird watching at this time of the year at the Sanambin Reservoir Non-Hunting Area in Prakhon Chai district of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Buriram. From November…

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Lin Lin and Alau arrive at the wildlife breeding centre.

Two pet lions seized from house in Chon Buri

Police have seized two lions, being kept as pets without the required permits, from a house in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district and relocated them to a wildlife breeding centre….

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Pita warns Phuket may become a garbage hell if not addressed

Taking to the floor of parliament for the first time in six months, Move Forward party-list MP Pita Limjaroenrat talked about the garbage problems in Phuket and Samut Prakan provinces,…

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Two more ‘pet’ lions sighted in Pattaya

Residents of a housing estate in Pattaya have been seeking help, after their foreign neighbour purchased two lions as pets, one of which gets loose and wanders around the neighbourhood….

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Three people to be charged with owning a lion without a permit

The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department will initiate legal action against two Thais, a Sri Lankan and a Ukrainian for being in possession of and moving a lion…

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Children from Baan Tham Suea leap into the waters of the Phetchaburi River.//Photo : Baan Tham Suea Facebook

Baan Tham Suea: a tranquil retreat near Bangkok

Just a leisurely two-hour drive south of bustling Bangkok lies a hidden gem offering respite from urban chaos. Baan Tham Suea, or Tiger Cave Village, is the perfect haven for…

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Big cat cruising

A Thai woman has been identified as the owner of a young lion, recently taken on a ride in a convertible in Pattaya. Atthaphon Charoenchansa, the director-general of the Department…

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Excessive PM2.5 pollution in Bangkok and 34 other provinces today

Air pollution in 35 provinces, including Bangkok, has exceeded the 37.5µg/m³ threshold today, according to the Pollution Control Department. Besides Bangkok, the other provinces affected are Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon…

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House passes seven clean air bills in their first readings

Following their debate yesterday, the House of Representatives passed seven air cleanliness bills in their first readings, by 443 votes with one abstention. The seven bills were proposed by government…

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Panther sightings common on the way to Paneone Thung mountain

The Kaeng Krachan National Park chief has said that sightings of panthers on the way to Paneone Thung mountain in the park are not uncommon, because there are about ten…

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Sauropod dinosaur footprints found on border of Phetchabun and Khon Kaen

Geologists from the Department of Mineral Resources found the fossilised footprints of what are believed to be Sauropod dinosaurs this week, in the border area of the Nam Nao district…

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Srettha to talk about haze problems with Hun Manet

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today that he will call his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Manet, to discuss the ongoing haze problem Srettha, who is visiting the northern province of…

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Morning haze, not mist, in and around Bangkok today

The opaque atmosphere in and around Bangkok during the morning hours of the past few days, including today, is not mist, but haze from the accumulation of PM2.5 dust in…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust in most of Bangkok on January 9.

Excessive PM2.5 dust in most of Bangkok today

The atmospheric PM2.5 pollution in 68 areas of Bangkok and surrounding provinces today exceed the standard threshold of 37.5μg (microns) today, including three areas where poor air quality has reached…

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Excessive PM2.5 pollution in 44 areas in and around Bangkok

Forty-four areas of Bangkok, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom have excessive levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere, measured at 24.1μg-61μg (microns). Don Mueang, Lak Si and Nong…

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Progress observed in Mae Wong – Khlong Lan rewilding

A deer giving birth might not appear remarkable. But when the fawn is born in Mae Wong – Khlong Lan national parks in the north of Thailand, it’s cause for…

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Oarfish caught in the sea off Satun province

A deep-sea oarfish (Regalecus glesne) was recently caught in the Andaman Sea, off Thailand’s southernmost province of Satun, according to Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat, vice dean of the Fisheries Faculty at…

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Seven drown, one missing, hundreds of thousands affected by flooding in Narathiwat

Seven people have drowned, one is still missing and more than 260,000 people are affected in the worst flooding in the southernmost province of Narathiwat in five decades, according to…

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File photo : PM Srettha Thavisin

PM to visit Narathiwat today to inspect flooding

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will fly to the southern province of Narathiwat after the cabinet meeting today, to inspect the flooding and to visit those affected. The Meteorological Department is…

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Narathiwat suffering worst flooding for several decades

Narathiwat province has been hit by the heaviest downpours in several decades, with rainfall measured at 631mm in Ra-ngae district, 495mm in Yi Ngor district and 447mm in Rue So…

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Manee Yongyuen, a 59-year-old resident of Chiang Rai’s Chiang Khong district

Hydropower pushing millions of Mekong people onto front line of climate disaster: experts

Although touted as a clean source of renewable energy, hydropower is actually increasing the damage from climate change, say experts who have studied hydropower dam projects on the Mekong River….

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File photo :L Pedestrians walk on an overpass as traffic snarls amid haze from air pollution in Beijing on November 1, 2023.

China air pollution worsens in 2023, first time in decade: study

Beijing, China – China’s air pollution worsened in 2023, the first time it has done so in a decade, a study released on Friday said.  “2023 is the first year that China’s…

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A visitor admires the wildflower meadow in Pha Luang Waterfall Forest Park, Ubon Ratchathani, northeastern Thailand. Photo by TAT Ubon Ratchathani Office

Ubon Ratchathani from the bottom up

In the lower part of northeastern Thailand, along the Thailand-Laos border through which the Mekong River winds its merry way, lies Ubon Ratchathani—a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Known…

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A heartfelt farewell as three smuggled young orangutans return home

The three orangutans, smuggled from Indonesia into Thailand years ago, were sent home today. They are the last group of orangutans that came under the care of the National Parks,…

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This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and released by Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation the Tham Luang cave in the Mae Sai district of Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Entrance fees for famous Tham Luang cave explained

The admission fees, Bt950 for Thais and Bt1,000 for foreigners, to enter the world-famous Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province have been criticised as expensive, but are set for…

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Campaign launched to reduce PM2.5 from car exhaust in Bangkok

The Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, car and oil companies have joined hands to reduce PM2.5 dust emissions from vehicle exhausts,…

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Sufficient water for industries in EEC, farms and households – Somsak

Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsuthin has offered an assurance that there is sufficient water to meet the demands of industries in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and of the farming…

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Cold weather forecast with temperatures falling by 2-8oC

Temperatures across Thailand are forecast to drop by 2oC to 8oC from Wednesday until next Monday, due to the arrival of another strong cold front from China, the Meteorological Department…

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No extraordinary preparations for Omicron XBB.1.16 sub-variant in Thailand

The Public Health Ministry has dismissed a report circulating on Thai social media that the Ministry of Public Health has made extensive preparations to cope with the spread of a…

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Crying need for holistic development to make Bangkok liveable

In order to make Bangkok a livable city for everyone, experts are calling for a rethink of urban planning by prioritizing a holistic development strategy for each district based on…

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First air pollution clinic opens

The Department of Medical Services has set up the country’s first air pollution clinic, at Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital in a Bangkok suburb, to educate the public about the threats to…

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Less air pollution today in Bangkok, cooler next week for most of Thailand

A strong cold front from China is forecast to blanket the north and northeast of Thailand and the South China Sea from Sunday until the middle of next week. This…

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Air quality in Bangkok and vicinity slightly better today

Air quality in Bangkok and its vicinity has improved since yesterday, with only 17 areas reported to having excessive PM2.5 dust and the highest level recorded at 47.9μg (micron), compared…

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File photo : The photo taken in 2017 shows two orangutans that were smuggled into Thailand from Indonesia.

Last three orangutans smuggled into Thailand set to return to Indonesia

Thailand will repatriate next week the last three orangutans, smuggled into the country from Indonesia, a senior official from the National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation Department said today. “We…

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Tourism vs conservation: The controversial cable car plan dividing Thailand

The government has revived controversial plans to build a cable car in Phu Kradeung National Park, a hidden gem whose pristine mountains have long been accessible to hikers only. While…

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Evicting forest dwellers may be fatal move in Thailand’s climate fight

As the world grapples with the escalating climate crisis, the spotlight is turning to indigenous communities, the holders of local seeds and traditional knowledge that offer invaluable tools to combat…

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Phu Kradueng

People in Phu Kradueng district in favour of cable car project : district chief

The district chief officer of Phu Kradueng district, in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Loei, has claimed that almost all the people there are in favour of the proposed cable car,…

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File photo : Dr Krittai Tanasombatkul

Young doctor, known online for his fight against cancer, dies

Dr Krittai Tanasombatkul, a doctor at the Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Statics Department at the Faculty of Medicine of Chiang Mai University, who publicly announced that he had terminal lung…

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Rare beaked whale found beached in Songkhla province

A Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), an endangered species, was found washed ashore on Sakom Beach in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla province on Saturday. Natthapong Onthong, chief of the…

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World leaders take centre stage at UN climate talks in Dubai on December 1, under pressure to step up efforts to limit global warming.

Clashes over fossil fuels, Gaza conflict cloud COP28 climate summit

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged world leaders at the COP28 climate summit on Friday to plan for a future without fossil fuels, saying there was no other way to curb global warming….

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Most of Thailand will turn slightly cooler over the weekend

Temperatures in most of Thailand, except southern provinces, are forecast to drop by 1-3 degrees Celsius this Saturday, due to a moderate cold front from China, which is currently over…

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File photo : Doi Inthanon National Park

National park e-ticket suspension draws criticism

The decision, by the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, to suspend e-ticketing for tourists visiting six national parks from today is being criticised as untimely and poorly planned….

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Top development banks to launch debt-for-nature swap ‘task force’

The world’s top multilateral development banks are set to launch a global “task force” at the COP28 climate summit in the coming days to scale up the number and size of ‘debt-for-nature’ swaps…

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Substandard air quality in Bangkok and 23 provinces today

Air quality in 24 provinces of Thailand today is below standard, with the amount of PM2.5 contamination across the capital exceeding the 37.5 micron (µm) standard, the Pollution Control Department…

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File photo : Mali the elephant receives food from a worker at the Manila Zoo on January 23, 2019.//AFP

Elephant at centre of animal rights campaign dies in Philippine zoo

Manila, Philippines – An elderly elephant has died in a Philippine zoo, an official said Wednesday, after a failed global campaign to relocate her to an animal sanctuary. Mali had been a popular attraction at…

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Most of the 640,000 krathongs collected in Bangkok are environmentally friendly : BMA

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) workers have collected about 640,000 krathong, which were floated in the capital’s public parks and on canals during yesterday’s Loy Krathong festival, according to a BMA…

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Digital options for floating your krathong

Today is Loy Krathong Day. For those who are unable to visit places to celebrate, some agencies are offering the option to float krathongs (festive baskets) online. Bangkok Metropolitan Administration…

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Pol Sub-Lt Vichai Sureeyut

Thailand’s “crazy man who loves planting trees” dies, aged 77

Pol Sub-Lt Vichai Sureeyut, a former police officer who was affectionately called a “crazy man who loves planting trees” and was responsible for planting more than three million trees since…

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Thai business loves carbon credits, but are they harming the climate and grassroots people?

While carbon credits are hailed in some quarters as a solution for the climate crisis, environmentalists warn they could send the planet spiralling into an even worse disaster. The carbon…

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Embracing rural tranquillity: A farmstay in Mae Chaem provides an idyllic escape amidst terraced rice paddies.//Photo by Kowit Farmstay

Mae Chaem: The Tranquil Side of Doi Inthanon

Tucked away on the flank of Doi Inthanon mountain in Northern Thailand, Mae Chaem is a concealed treasure awaiting discovery by discerning travellers seeking respite from the bustling crowds typical…

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Salapao Krathong

Sustainable Celebrations: Eco-Friendly Ideas for Loy Krathong

A marine and environmental expert has emphasised three crucial factors for floating krathongs  the Loy Krathong festival on November 27, namely the materials used, the quantity and the area in…

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Struggling for a breath of fresh air

It’s November and a cool breeze is blowing. While this should be welcomed as it heralds the cool season, instead it signals that burning season is making a comeback and…

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Rescue teams released images taken on an endoscopic camera of workers trapped inside the under-construction tunnel © – / Department of Information and Public Relation (DIPR) Uttarakhand/AFP

Indian workers trapped in tunnel for 10 days seen on camera

Dehradun, India – Forty-one Indian workers trapped in a collapsed road tunnel for 10 days were seen alive on camera for the first time Tuesday as workers attempted to create a new passageway to free them….

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Excessive PM2.5 pollution in 23 areas of Bangkok and suburbs

Excessive amounts of PM2.5 dust were detected in 23 areas of Bangkok and peripherals today, according to the Air4Thai website. The areas were PM2.5 exceed the standard level of 37.5…

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Thailand bans import of iguanas, effective from November 17

The importation of all species of iguana into Thailand has been banned, effective last Friday, after many green iguanas have been sighted roaming free in the wild, especially in Phatthana…

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Students and teachers are evacuated from their school as the tremor could be felt in Chiang Rai province.

Strong earthquake hits Kengtung in Myanmar this morning

An earthquake, measuring at 6.4 on the Richter scale, struck Kengtung of Shan state in Myanmar on Friday morning at 8.37am. It was followed by four aftershocks, according to the…

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Nationwide search for iguanas in the wild

Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has sent a circular to every province asking officials to look for iguanas in public parks or the wild and to report…

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File photo : Loy Krathong festival

Loy Krathong, the festival of light, color and … garbage

The environmental damage done by one of Thailand’s most colorful festivals, Loy Krathong, has grown so high that many netizens want people to stop floating their krathong in natural waterways….

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin

PM wants more potash mining for local production of chemical fertilizer

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has instructed the Ministry of Industry to ramp up the mining of potash in Thailand’s north-eastern provinces or call for bids for new mining concessions if…

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Samut Prakan has the world’s 9th worst air quality

Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Samut Prakan has been ranked having the world’s 9th worst air quality. The place has not enjoyed a single day of good air quality in 12…

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Kew Mae Pan is perfect for experiencing a breathtaking sunrise, as it offers stunning views from above the misty valley.//Photo by National Park Department

Walking on the Roof of Thailand

Kew Mae Pan in Chiang Mai province, considered as one of Thailand’s best scenic natural trails, has finally reopened to the public after undergoing five months of rehabilitation. Nature enthusiasts…

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Serious air pollution forecast in and around Bangkok this weekend

The Pollution Control Department has warned residents of Bangkok and its suburbs that, from Friday to Sunday, air quality, especially in eastern Bangkok and southern Thon Buri, is likely to…

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A woman wears a mask as she rides her bicycle along a street near Tiananmen Square on the third day of a “red alert” for pollution in Beijing in 2015.//AFP

China’s smog problem explained

Beijing, China – A thick haze has this week smothered Beijing and surrounding areas, with tens of millions of people in northern China under severe pollution warnings. Here’s what you…

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The freedom to move: how Bangkok is improving its sidewalks

Bangkok is fully committed to transforming into a more pedestrian-friendly and healthier city, with City Hall and experts continuing their ongoing efforts to enhance sidewalks and associated infrastructure. Wissanu Sapsompol,…

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As smog season returns, can Thailand avert another health crisis?    

Millions of people in Thailand are dreading ‘smog season’, as air pollution levels begin to rise at the end of the rains. Bangkok and other areas of the country have…

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Residents near Chiang Mai airport have health concerns over 24-hour operation

People living near Chiang Mai airport have raised concern over the effects on their health of aircraft noise, vibrations and emissions when the airport begins operating around the clock on…

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The Tai people in Mae Hong Son decorate their surroundings with colourful lanterns and paper cuttings to celebrate the Poi Lern Sip Et festival.//Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee

Poi Learn Sip Et: A journey through time and culture

As northern Thailand prepares for the culmination of the Buddhist Lent, the “Poi Lern Sip Et” Festival in Mae Hong Son Province is all set to take centre stage. Renowned…

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A sequence of images of the moon taken during a total lunar eclipse in 2007.//Conrad Jung/Chabot Space and Science Center)

Partial lunar eclipse to be visible from Thailand on Sunday

People in Thailand will have an opportunity to witness a partial lunar eclipse this Sunday (October 29), which also marks the end of Buddhist Lent, said a director of Astronomical…

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A lake in the forest in Puerto Arturo, a sector in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, in Peten Department, Guatemala, on October 5.//AFP

World ‘failing’ on pledge to stop deforestation by 2030

The world is “failing” on a pledge to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030, with global losses increasing last year, a group of NGOs and researchers warned Tuesday. In 2021,…

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Business as usual: Are Thailand’s ‘green economy’ plans just greenwash?

Thailand’s vision for a green economy fails to tackle the country’s environmental problems at their root, say many environmentalists, who accuse the government of prioritizing big business at the expense…

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Late and short cold season forecast for Thailand

This year’s cold season in Thailand is forecast to begin in early November, about two weeks later than usual, and is expected to end in late January, instead of late…

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