Environment

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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Thailand’s first floating solar panel power plant begins operation

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has started electricity generation at its hydro-floating solar hybrid project on the Sirindhorn Dam in the north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani. The project…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres greet Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha as they arrive to attend the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021 / AFP

Thailand’s bold commitments at COP26

There was a round of applause for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who attended the World Leaders Summit of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow last week, for boldly…

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A replica of the COP26 summit’s main UN negotiation stage, carrying activists dressed as world leaders, is half-sunk in the Clyde Canal during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Climate talks struggle with gap between rich, poor nations

GLASGOW (AP) — Large rifts remain as United Nations climate talks tick down to a Friday deadline. A lot of the divide comes down to money, which nations have it…

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A protester holds a placard as youth activists march against climate inaction on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 5, 2021. – Two days of demonstrations are planned to highlight the disconnect between the glacial pace of emissions reductions and the climate emergency already swamping countries across the world. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Youth groups protest lack of action at climate summit

Thousands of youth descended on the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday to protest what they say is a dangerous lack of action by leaders at the COP26 climate summit….

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Global CO2 emissions set to rebound this year to pre-Covid levels

Glasgow (AFP) – Global CO2 emissions mainly caused by burning fossil fuels are set to rebound in 2021 to levels seen before the Covid pandemic, according to an assessment published Thursday that…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres greet Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha as they arrive to attend the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. Christopher Furlong / POOL / AFP

Over 100 global leaders pledge to end deforestation by 2030

GLASGOW (Reuters) – More than 100 global leaders have pledged to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by the end of the decade, underpinned by $19 billion in public and private funds to invest in protecting and restoring…

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Nearly 90 countries join pact to slash planet-warming methane emissions

GLASGOW, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Nearly 90 countries have joined a U.S.- and EU-led effort to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels,…

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Thailand vows to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2065 at COP26

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday expressed Thailand’s willingness to fight climate change, aiming to reach carbon neutrality in 2050 and net zero emissions by 2065. He was addressing the…

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This file photo shows strange relationship between England and Scotland. Attendees watch a video message from Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II during an evening reception to mark the opening day of COP26 on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. – COP26, running from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow will be the biggest climate conference since the 201 (Photo by Alberto Pezzali / POOL / AFP)

‘Time for action’, Queen Elizabeth tells climate change summit

GLASGOW (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth told the United Nations climate change summit on Monday that “the time for words has now moved to the time for action”, as she urged world leaders…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

“One minute to midnight” says Johnson as climate conference opens

GLASGOW, Nov 1 (Reuters) – A U.N. conference critical to averting the most disastrous effects of climate change kicked off on Monday, its task made even more daunting by the failure of…

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Delegates attend the First Plenary Meeting of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on October 31, 2021, on the first day of the conference.

Global climate talks open to ever more daunting challenge

GLASGOW (Reuters) – World leaders began arriving on Monday at a U.N. conference critical to averting the most disastrous effects of climate change, their challenge made even more daunting by the failure…

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This screengrab made available by the European Space Agency (ESA) on September 3, 2021 shows French astronaut Thomas Pesquet delivering a speech in a pre-recorded meassage from space which will be broadcast on September 5 during the “Giant Dictation (Dictee Geante)” event held in Paris. – Pesquet will read to the participants an excerpt from Marguerite Duras’ book “Un barrage contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)”. (Photo by EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

‘Never seen anything like it’: astronaut on 2021 climate disasters

Paris (AFP) – From his perch 400 kilometres above Earth, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has had a unique perspective on the climate-fuelled natural disasters that have swept the planet over the past…

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U.N. warns world set for 2.7°C rise on today’s emissions pledges

LONDON (Reuters) – Current commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions put the planet on track for an average 2.7 degrees Celsius temperature rise this century, a United Nations report said on Tuesday, in another…

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Greenhouse gas levels hit record; world struggles to curb damage

GENEVA/GLASGOW, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is “way off track” on capping rising temperatures, the United Nations said on Monday,…

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Children collecting water from a dry riverbed in Tangi-Shadyan, Afghanistan.

Unprecedented hunger to follow in wake of the climate crisis – WFP

The world faces an exponential increase in hunger fueled by the climate crisis if urgent global action to help communities adapt to climatic shocks and stresses is ignored, the United…

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A man-made rock barrier stops the water from eroding the land on Hoopers Island, Maryland on August 9, 2021, where the evidence of climate change is being felt. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

When global warming stops, seas will still rise

Paris (AFP) – Even if humanity beats the odds and caps global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, seas will rise for centuries to come and swamp cities currently…

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kluay daeng Indo bai dang. (Photo by Voravuth Kunghae)

Plant markets turn a new leaf amid pandemic

Gardening has bloomed during the lockdowns as people stuck at home have chosen to become plant parents. Instagram posts are full of green leaves and colorful flowers. Joining the trend…

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Huge volume of water to be diverted to Suphan Buri before high tide

Taking advantage of the low tide in the Gulf of Thailand, irrigation officials have stepped up efforts to divert the massive amounts of water in the Chao Phraya river basin…

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The solar-powered vehicle drives in a closed road, in Guyancourt, south of Paris, Friday Sept. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Solar powered van stops in Paris as part of road trip

A vehicle which is fuelled entirely by solar power has arrived in Paris, France as part of its test run on the way to Tarifa in Spain. The road trip…

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Parts of Ayutthaya should brace for heavy flooding from next week

People living downstream of the Chao Phraya dam, in Pak Hai and Sena districts of the central province of Ayutthaya, have been warned to brace for heavy flooding from September…

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WHO says air pollution kills 7 mn a year, toughens guidelines

Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization strengthened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing seven million…

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Industrial incinerators to be allowed to burn COVID-19 contaminated waste

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has issued an announcement, paving the way for industrial incinerators to dispose of leftover COVID-19 bio-hazardous waste, which is posing an increasing health hazard. Deputy…

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This picture taken on May 14, 2020 show an employee moving waste from hospitals that treat patients with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus to an incinerator at a trash disposal facility in Bangkok. The kingdom has not recorded a domestic case of the virus for 51 days as of July 15, winning praise for its strict lockdown which has so far controlled infections. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

COVID contaminated waste should not be burned in crematoria – Pollution Control

COVID-19 contaminated waste should not be incinerated in crematoria, as it would send undesirable odours and particles of toxic gasses and heavy metals that can worsen people’s health and the…

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This photograph taken on November 1, 2020 shows tourists visiting the Chiang Dao caves complex, which goes on for more than 10km and contains shrines, statues and Buddha images, located some 70km north of Chiang Mai. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Chiang Mai’s Doi Chiang Dao declared new UNESCO biosphere reserve

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has approved Thailand’s Doi Chiang Dao in the northern province of Chiang Mai as a new biosphere reserve, the fifth of…

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Construction of controversial Yuam River diversion project approved

Approval was granted today (Wednesday) for the construction of the controversial 70-billion-baht long Yuam River diversion project when the National Environment Board (NEB) gave the go-ahead for the crucial environmental…

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Gian panda at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas in Sichuan Province. (Photo by CCTV)

China’s paper mills turn leftover bamboo from panda into paper products

Paper mills in southwest China’s Sichuan Province are turning leftover bamboo from panda bases into useful products in an attempt to eliminate waste. At Dujiangyan Base of the China Conservation…

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Organic eggs from Baan Rai Ninchana in Chainat province.

Consumers more ethical despite the pandemic

From edible items to residential units, consumers are increasingly concerned about their health and Mother Nature. Chuleeporn Yamnil is raising 56 chickens on her farm in Chainat province. These are…

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LED streetlights contribute to insect population declines: study

Streetlights — particularly those that use white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) — not only disrupt insect behavior but are also a culprit behind their declining numbers, a new study carried out…

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Segregation the answer to contaminated waste, experts say

After a steep decline early this year, coronavirus cases are again on the rise due to the fast-spreading Delta variant. The surge has led to an increased demand for medical…

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In this file photo dated Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, a man watches as wildfires approach Kochyli beach near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Greece. A new massive United Nations science report is scheduled for release Monday Aug. 9, 2021, reporting on the impact of global warming due to humans. (AP Photo/Thodoris Nikolaou)

‘Code red’: UN scientists warn of worsening global warming

Earth is getting so hot that temperatures in about a decade will probably blow past a level of warming that world leaders have sought to prevent, according to a report…

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In this file photo taken on August 8, 2021 A local resident gestures as he holds n empty water hose during an attempt to extinguish forest fires approaching the village of Pefki on Evia (Euboea) island, Greece’s second largest island. – Britain on Monday, August 9, called for urgent global action to tackle climate change, after a UN report warned the planet has warmed more than previously estimated. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP)

World shudders at ‘terrifying’ UN climate report

Paris (AFP) – World leaders, green groups and influencers reacted Monday to a “terrifying” UN climate science report with a mix of horror and hopefulness as the scale of the emergency…

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Singapore pilots new EV charging technologies in an effort to phase out petrol vehicles by 2040

New electric vehicle charging technologies will be piloted in Singapore, which has rolled out a regulatory sandbox for this. It’s one of several moves aimed at speeding up the building…

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Thailand’s ban on sunscreens with chemicals harmful to corals begins Wednesday

Thailand’s ban on the use of sunscreen, containing any of four chemicals deemed to be harmful to coral reefs in the country’s national parks, came into effect today (Wednesday), according…

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More tigers found in Thailand’s nature, as world marks International Tiger Day Thursday

17 more tigers have been found in Thailand’s natural environment this year, bringing the total to 177, according to the country’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, as…

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This aerial view handout from Thailand’s National Marine Park Operation Center in Trang taken and released on April 22, 2020

Minister Varawut orders national parks to remain open to the public

Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation has been instructed, by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, to withhold an order to close down all national parks…

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Samut Prakan chemical factory ordered to close, 1,000 tons of styrene monomer being removed

The Ming Dih Chemical factory, in Thailand’s Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan, which caught fire after a huge explosion on Monday, has been ordered to close down, with reopening…

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Chemicals being used to prevent more fires at Samut Prakan chemical factory

Two chemicals are being used to prevent more fires at the Ming Dih Chemical factory, in Thailand’s Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan, according to the Department of Pollution Control…

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A general view of the Chao Phraya river (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Tap water in Bangkok, 2 other provinces, turns brackish, but still safe

Households in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan have been warned that their tap water may occasionally taste brackish, due to the high content of sodium chloride, but that it is…

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400,000 join Greenpeace’s campaign to stop Thailand joining CPTPP

Members of Greenpeace Thailand gathered in front of Government House on Tuesday, to present the 400,000 signatures it has gathered in opposition to the government’s plan to join the Comprehensive…

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An employee connects a Volkswagen (VW) ID.3 electric car to a loading station of German carmaker Volkswagen, at the ‘Glassy Manufactory’ (Glaeserne Manufaktur) production site in Dresden, eastern Germany on June 8, 2021. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

Europe powers up electric car battery drive

As electric car sales soar, Europe has started to build up its capacity to produce batteries on the continent but it remains far from reducing its dependence on Asia. China, Japan and South Korea produce most of…

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Rayong’s hazmat processing company demanded ฿1.3 billion for environmental damage

Pollution Control Department is demanding that a hazardous waste processing and recycling company in Rayong province pay compensation of more than 1.3 billion baht for damage caused to the environment…

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Actions vowed over killing of three blacktip reef sharks off Krabi, shooter arrested

One man has been arrested for killing endangered sharks off the coast in the southern province of Krabi, as Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has ordered park…

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Screengrab of a video clip provided by Reuters shows juvenile bamboo sharks being released into the wild.

Thai researchers breed and release endangered bamboo sharks to the ocean

In the Gulf of Thailand, fisheries researchers use a guideline to scuba dive to the ocean floor where they release baskets full of young bamboo sharks into the wild. The…

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Part of a library for orphaned children built out of eco bricks, or soft drink bottles stuffed tightly with plastic waste, in Yangon. (Photo by – / AFPTV / AFP)

Eco brick library for Myanmar orphans faces delays

A humble library for orphans in Yangon, built of recycled plastic waste, stands empty without books or archives. It was supposed to start welcoming young readers earlier this year, but…

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Louis-Alban Batard-Dupre, the co-founder of ‘Yindii’

Zero to Food Hero – Yindii creating change from the bottom up

A mobile application, Yindii, is on a mission to tackle food waste in Thailand, hoping to create change from the bottom up. The application sells surplus food, from bakeries, local…

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Two rare wildlife species sighted in Doi Inthanon national park

Goral (Naemothedus) and serow (Caprycomis Sumatraensis), two endangered wildlife species, only seen on steep mountain cliffs, have recently been separately spotted by Thai park rangers on the Kew Mae Pan natural…

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Floating solar cell platforms in the reservoir. (Photo by Reuters)

Thailand close to completing massive floating solar farm

Thailand is close to completing one of the world’s biggest hydro-floating solar hybrid projects on the surface of a dam, part of steps towards boosting renewable energy production after years…

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Journalists watch a screen showing China’s President Xi Jinping delivering a speech during the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2021 in Boao, south China’s Hainan province on April 20, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

China’s Xi to attend online Biden climate summit

China’s President Xi Jinping will attend US President Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit this week, Beijing said Wednesday, as the world’s top polluting nations seek rare common ground despite wider…

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In this file photo taken on January 1, 2020, a one-horned rhinoceros crosses the Rapati River in Sauraha Chitwan, some 150 km southwest of Kathmandu. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP)

Rhino population in Nepal grows in conservation boost

Nepal’s population of endangered one-horned rhinoceros has grown by more than a hundred over the past six years, officials said, with campaigners hailing the increase as a conservation “milestone”. The…

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Thailand to be first with plastic roads

We have already seen plastic waste being recycled into various useful items, such as clothing and furniture. Now, for the very first time, plastic waste has been recycled into a…

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“James Bond Island” in Phang Nga Bay to be assessed for stability

Deputy Director-General of Thailand’s Department of Mineral Resources, Montri Lueng-ingkasoot, said today that they will assess the stability of the limestone karst towers, which make up the chain of islands,…

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13 areas in northern Thailand suffering with excessive amounts of PM2.5 today

Thirteen areas in the northern provinces, especially Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, were found to have PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere at levels which exceed the 50-micron safety standard, with…

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Former Kaeng Krachan national park chief Chaiwat asked to resign from civil service

Chaiwat Limlikhit-akson, director of the 9th Office of Area Conservation Management, based in Thailand’s northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, was asked to resign from the civil service today (Friday), by…

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Sea turtle found dead after eating plastic waste

Plastic waste and a black liquid (assumed to be crude oil) are among the items found in the stomach of a green sea turtle carcass found on a beach in…

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Worsening air pollution in Mae Hong Son and other northern provinces caused by man-made fires

Forest fires and illegal burning of farm waste by villagers have worsened air pollution in 17 of Thailand’s northern provinces, especially in Jongkham sub-district of Mae Hong Son, where PM2.5…

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This photograph taken on January 22, 2021 shows Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state’s push to build floating solar farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Space-starved Singapore builds floating solar farms in climate fight

Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state’s push to build floating solar farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It may…

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A walk in the woods

The Japanese art of forest bathing is the perfect way to soothe the soul We all occasionally need to escape and there are few places better than Hup Pa Tat…

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Excessive PM2.5 dust detected in 60 areas of Bangkok and its suburbs

Sixty areas of Bangkok and its suburbs are being affected by air pollution today (Monday), with PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere exceeding the safe level of 50 microns, according to…

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Photo from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

Famous natural attraction in Satun province closed after huge rock fall into sea

The Petra Islands Nation Park, in Thailand’s southernmost province of Satun, has temporarily closed the popular Prasat Hin Pun Yod (1,000 stone castle spires) tourist attraction after a huge rock,…

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Locals voice protest against gold exploration in Chanthaburi province

A network of about 40 civic groups and local organizations in Thailand’s eastern province of Chanthaburi is voicing strong opposition to the granting of approval for gold exploration by a…

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59 areas in Bangkok and its suburbs affected by excessive PM2.5 dust

An excessive amount of PM2.5 dust is affecting 59 areas of Bangkok and its suburbs on Monday and is expected to remain through tomorrow, warned the Centre to Solve Air…

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A young activist holds up a placard as she protests in front of Parliament during a climate strike protest march in Wellington on September 27, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand unveils a blueprint to fight climate change

New Zealand unveiled a blueprint Sunday to phase out petrol-powered cars while its dairy industry, a key pillar of the economy, must slash cow numbers under the ambitious plan to be carbon…

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Just cruisin’ along

The new electric boat service on Klong Phadung Krungkasem makes a lovely change from the humdrum of Bangkok’s streets As the EV boat leaves Hua Lamphong pier and sails steadily…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows a fisherman on the Laos side of the Mekong River near Huay Xai town in Bokeo province, with the Thai province of Chiang Rai in the background. – Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

The Mekong report China doesn’t want to see

The Mekong river is a life line of millions of people in six countries. In the past few years, however, life has been very difficult for people who depend on…

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This photo taken on October 2, 2020 shows Moken fisherman Sanam Changnam showing his daily catch of fish off the coast of the southern Thai island of Phuket. – The COVID-19 coronavirus has wrought havoc across the world, but for Thailand’s “sea gypsies” it has brought welcome respite from the threat of mass tourism. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai fishing sector cries foul over upstream dams on Mekong River

Thais working in the fishing sector in the northeastern province of Nong Khai have expressed grave concern over the falling water level of the Mekong River, which is threatening their…

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Two dugongs found dead on beaches in Krabi province

Two dead dugongs were found on or near the beaches of Thailand’s southern coastal province of Krabi on Sunday. The two mammals, one a female weighing about 400kgs and two…

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new Soft Coral Thailand

Two new and rare soft coral species found in the Gulf of Thailand

Marine researchers from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Science have recently found two new soft coral species, the first of their kind, in the sea around Samae San Island, in the…

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The first electric-powered boat service comes to Bangkok’s Klong Phadung Krungkasem

Bangkok, Venice of the East gets a new “E”

Since November 27, the first seven EV (electric vehicle) boats have been carrying passengers over five kilometres of Klong Phadung Krungkasem. The route covers 11 piers between Hua Lamphong train…

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