Alexandrine parakeets in Nonthaburi temple saved

A temple in Nonthaburi province has agreed to delay its plan to pull down dead Yang trees (Dipterocarpus alatus) in its compound, after 12 Alexandrine parakeets were found nesting there….

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Electric Tuk-Tuks reduce greenhouse gas emissions, easier for the elderly to use

Thailand is well-known for its brightly coloured tuk-tuks, which are as much of a feature of the country as the ancient temples built during the Ayutthaya period. Today, the country…

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A Bengal tigress with her cub are seen at their enclosure at the Mumbai Zoo in Mumbai on May 11, 2023. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP)

Guardians of The Forest: Fading Stripes

What is your favorite place to connect with nature? Picture yourself in the heart of a vast and ancient jungle, surrounded by towering huge trees holding untold past secrets. The…

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DNA-sampling drone could help monitor rainforest biodiversity

Innovative use of drone technology to monitor the health of rainforest has seen a group of scientists and researchers from Switzerland reach the final of the XPRIZE Rainforest, a $10…

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Schoolchildren make their way to school as haze from forest fires blankets Palembang. (Photo by Abdul Qodir / AFP)

As El Nino fuels fire risk, Southeast Asia prepares for haze crisis

Southeast Asian nations are gearing up to tackle the threat of a tougher-than-usual “haze” season together, as the El Nino climate phenomenon raises the risk of soaring temperatures. Ministers and…

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Climate change role in July heatwaves ‘overwhelming’, scientists say

Human-induced climate change has played an “absolutely overwhelming” role in the extreme heatwaves that have swept across North America, Europe and China this month, according to an assessment by scientists…

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El Nino is threatening rice crops while grain supplies already are squeezed by the war in Ukraine

Warmer, drier weather because of an earlier than usual El Nino is expected to hamper rice production across Asia, hitting global food security in a world still reeling from the…

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Trees surround Crawford Lake in Milton, Ontario., on Monday, July 10, 2023. A team of scientists is recommending the start of a new geological epoch defined by how humans have impacted the Earth should be marked at the pristine Crawford Lake outside Toronto in Canada. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Humans’ impact on the earth began a new epoch in the 1950s called the Anthropocene, scientists say

From climate change to species loss and pollution, humans have etched their impact on the Earth with such strength and permanence since the middle of the 20th century that a…

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Members of the International Atomic Energy Agency, watch fish tanks on an experience with treated wastewater set up at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Okuma, northeastern Japan, Wednesday, July 5, 2023. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General was visiting to inspect the power plant Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, Pool)

Possibly no transboundary effect of Fukushima water release, says IAEA head Grossi

It could be the case that there is no transboundary effect from the release of the Fukushima water into the ocean, International Atomic Energy Agency head Rafael Grossi said on…

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Fisheries chief defends showcasing venomous sea snake in public exhibition

Thailand’s Fisheries Department has defended the exhibition of a highly venomous sea snake, a yellow-lipped sea krait or banded sea krait, at the “Wonders of the Aquatic World”, being held…

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A dry drainage channel of crops fields at the Donana National Park in Aznalcaraz, southern Spain. (Photo by Cristina Quicler / AFP)

We may be underestimating the climate risk to crops

The risks of harvest failures in multiple global breadbaskets have been underestimated, according to a study Tuesday that researchers said should be a “wake-up call” about the threat climate change…

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Deep sea mining permits may be coming soon. What are they and what might happen?

The International Seabed Authority — the United Nations body that regulates the world’s ocean floor — is preparing to resume negotiations that could open the international seabed for mining, including…

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Crickets, a future source of protein

Naresuan University, in Thailand’s northern province of Phitsanuloke, has been researching crickets as an alternative source of protein, with a vision that this insect could address a protein shortage in…

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Want a climate-friendly flight? It’s going to take a while and cost you more

When it comes to flying, going green may cost you more. And it’s going to take a while for the strategy to take off. Sustainability was a hot topic this…

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Asia’s April heatwaves were ’30 times more likely’ because of climate change – scientists

Record-breaking heatwaves that hit large parts of South and Southeast Asia in April were made “30 times more likely” as a result of human-induced climate change, an international team of…

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First mahout encounter with sick Thai elephant in Sri Lanka goes well

Two mahouts from Thailand’s Forest Industry Organisation, who have flown to Sri Lanka, have met with Sak Surin, an ailing Thai elephant at Dehiwala Zoo, and have started the familiarisation…

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48 macaques rescued as police intercept pickup truck in Chumphon

Thai police and wildlife officials seized 48 macaques when they intercepted a pickup truck on a highway in Mueang district of the southern province of Chumphon on Saturday night. The…

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Phuket set to be a new model for food waste disposal

With the Phuket tourism industry well on the way to recovery and aiming to welcome 12 million tourist arrivals this year, the problem of food waste is seen as an…

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Danube river in Belgrade, Serbia, on April 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Earth is ‘really quite sick now’ and in danger zone in nearly all ecological ways, study says

Earth has pushed past seven out of eight scientifically established safety limits and into “the danger zone,” not just for an overheating planet that’s losing its natural areas, but for…

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Move Forward and Pheu Thai to discuss further to settle dispute over House speakership : Pita

The leading members of the eight parties in the Pita-led coalition met on Tuesday to discuss details of the policies to be implemented once the government is in place. They…

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Government must prepare for the effects of the El Nino climate phenomenon, expert says

With increasing awareness among the voting public of the environmental challenges faced in this part of the world, it is imperative that the new government draws up a Memorandum of…

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Vietnam pledges no new coal plants after 2030

Vietnam will not develop new coal power plants after 2030, according to a long-delayed national power plan published Tuesday, although the blueprint drew criticism that the transition to renewables is…

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World not yet ready to ‘switch off’ fossil fuels, COP28 host UAE says

The United Arab Emirates said that countries should agree to phase out fuel emissions – not the production of oil, gas and coal – at the upcoming U.N. climate change…

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Jakarta mosque leads the way on renewable energy

Jakarta’s Grand Istiqlal Mosque is busy with worshippers this Ramadan. This year they are being encouraged to donate to boost the mosque’s green credentials. A major renovation in 2019 installed…

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Hazardous industrial waste dumped in old landfill in Ayutthaya

Hazardous industrial waste has recently been found dumped into an old landfill in Phachi district of Ayutthaya province. Responding to complaints filed by villagers living near thel landfill in Villages…

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Fires in Nakhon Nayok under control, focus shifts to park in Chiang Mai

After five days of relentless efforts, Thailand’s Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DPDPM) announced today (Monday) that firefighters have succeeded in getting forest fires in Nakhon Nayok province…

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Environment police to take charge of investigating chemical recycling firm

Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Crime Division (NRECD) will take over, from Phachi district police, the investigation into a chemical recycling company in Ayutthaya province, accused of dumping industrial waste…

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How Koh Larn became “Trash Island” and what is being done to fix it

Koh Larn, an island lying in the Gulf off Pattaya, has been attracting thousands of local and foreign tourists for decades, but this has undeniably led to a mountain of…

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Scientists make ‘disturbing’ find on remote island: plastic rocks

There are few places on Earth as isolated as Trindade island, a volcanic outcrop a three- to four-day boat trip off the coast of Brazil. So geologist Fernanda Avelar Santos…

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Lac insect raisers in Lampang vow not to light forest fires

Lampang is one of 17 northern provinces which have been seriously affected by high levels of PM2.5 dust, due to the burning of farm waste and the lighting of forest…

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Communities join conservationists to protect endangered Pulu turtle

Chiang Mai-based Living River Association (LRA) has joined forces with seven local communities along the Ing River to protect Pulu or big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum), an endangered species which is…

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Rice into low-carbon plastic: bringing hope to a struggling Fukushima town

Jinichi Abe grins as he watches diggers working earth near his rice fields, knowing they are returning still more fields to productivity after Fukushima nuclear reactors exploded and sprayed the…

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Deep-sea mining noise pollution threatens whales: study

Scientists warned on Tuesday that controversial seabed mining could significantly threaten ocean ecosystems, especially blue whales and other cetaceans already stressed by shipping, pollution and climate change.  A study in…

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Long-term air pollution exposure raises depression risk: studies

Long-term exposure to air pollution raises the risk of depression, according to a pair of new studies published in the JAMA network of scientific journals. A study published on Friday…

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Thailand’s worsening PM2.5 problem is lost in the fog of politics

Despite making Thailand’s haze crisis national agenda in 2019, the government has made little progress in meeting people’s need for clean air. The slow response has allowed seasonal PM2.5 dust…

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Endangered monarch butterflies face perilous storm

As devastating storms pounded California, nature lovers feared for endangered monarch butterflies that winter there as part of a seemingly magical migration pattern. The colorfully winged insects that travel vast distances…

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Mekong is half-dead

“If the Mekong were a human, she would be half-dead, because everything has completely changed,” said Niwat Roykaew, a Goldman Environmental Prize recipient who has been leading the movement for…

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Trees could cut urban heatwave mortality by a third: study

Planting more trees in urban areas to lower summertime temperatures could decrease deaths directly linked to hot weather and heatwaves by a third, researchers said Wednesday. Modelling found that increasing…

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Workers sort through sacks of plastic waste at a workshop of the startup company “TileGreen”, where it is recycled into eco-friendly interlocking tiles used in outdoor walkways, in the Ashir min Ramadan (10th of Ramadan) industrial city, about 60 kilometres east of Egypt’s capital. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP)

Out of Nile, into tile: Young Egyptians battle plastic plague

Entrepreneurial young Egyptians are helping combat their country’s huge plastic waste problem by recycling junk-food wrappers, water bottles and similar garbage that usually ends up in landfills or the Nile….

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Most rainforest carbon offsets ‘worthless’: media analysis

A system that allows big corporations to buy carbon offsets in rain forests to cancel out their harmful emissions is essentially “worthless,” an analysis by several media organisations showed Wednesday….

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World enters ‘new age’ of clean energy manufacturing: IEA

The world is at the “dawn of a new industrial age” of clean energy technology manufacturing that will triple in value by 2030 and create millions of jobs, the International…

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Climate activists protest outside the World Bank headquarters against fossil fuel projects during the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Washington, DC on October 14, 2022. (Photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP)

Should fossil fuel firms be forced to clean up carbon pollution?

Could fossil fuel companies be forced to remove planet-heating carbon pollution from the atmosphere? Researchers argue in a new paper that would be a cheaper, fairer solution to the climate…

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Scientists sound alarm as ocean temperatures hit new record

The world’s oceans, which have absorbed most of the excess heat caused by humanity’s carbon pollution, continued to see record-breaking temperatures last year, according to research published Wednesday.  Climate change…

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Cabinet extends environmental protection edict in Phang-nga

The Thai cabinet extended the edict for the protection of the environment in seven districts of the southern province of Phang-nga province today (Tuesday), for another two years from April…

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Two-thirds of glaciers on track to disappear by 2100

The world’s glaciers are shrinking and disappearing faster than scientists thought, with two-thirds of them projected to melt out of existence by the end of the century at current climate…

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Seawalls: A boon or bane for Thailand’s beautiful beaches?

Seawalls have sprouted at many of Thailand’s beautiful beaches, much to the dismay of locals and tourists alike. And that feeling is shared by many experts, who say these coastal…

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This photo taken on November 6, 2022, shows migratory birds at the dried-up freshwater Poyang Lake in Juijiang, China’s central Jiangxi province. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

Dam plans threaten China’s migratory bird haven

Spooked by a historic drought, local authorities in China have renewed controversial plans to dam the country’s biggest freshwater lake. But environmentalists warn damming Poyang Lake, a winter stopover for…

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Robot plant grows, wilts on fate of UN nature talks

It’s not always easy to make sense of the complex environmental diplomacy taking place at a UN summit billed as humanity’s last hope to save nature. That’s why a scientist…

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China says U.S. must ‘take responsibility’ for breakdown in climate ties

Climate change diplomacy between China and the United States cannot be separated from broader political tensions between the two sides, and Washington must take responsibility for the breakdown in talks,…

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FILE – A cow walks through a field as an oil pumpjack and a flare burning off methane and other hydrocarbons stand in the background in the Permian Basin in Jal, N.M., Oct. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

UN weather agency: Greenhouse gases reach new record in 2021

The three main greenhouse gases hit record high levels in the atmosphere last year, the U.N. weather agency said Wednesday, calling it an “ominous” sign as war in Ukraine, rising costs…

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Maritime areas in Chumphon’s Pathio district declared environmental protection zones

The Thai cabinet endorsed an edict by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment today (Tuesday), declaring specific areas in Pak Khlong, Chum Kho, Bang Son and Saphli sub-districts in…

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Udon Thani Environmental Conservation Group prepares a big banner to show its unwavering opposition to the planned potash mine in Udon Thani.

‘Over my dead body’: The locals fighting a 20-year battle against Udon Thani potash mine plan

Worried about her hometown, 75-year-old Manee Boonrod is flying a green flag at her home to signal that she will keep fighting to protect the environment and the health of…

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Factory closed for 15 days for inspection after Thursday’s chemical leak

The Nakhon Pathom provincial industrial works office has ordered the Indorama Polyester Industries plant in Nakhon Chai Si district to close for 15 days today (Thursday), pending inspection to ensure…

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UN session on high seas biodiversity ends without agreement

UN member states ended two weeks of negotiations Friday without a treaty to protect biodiversity in the high seas, an agreement that would have addressed growing environmental and economic challenges. After 15 years, including four prior formal sessions, negotiators…

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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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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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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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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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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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Earthquake in Laos felt in many parts of Thailand Monday morning

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the Lao PDR at 4.06am local time, with its epicentre at a depth of about 10 kilometres, was reported by the Earthquake Observation Division of…

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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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Authorities slammed for mass arrest of protesters of Songkhla’s industrial project

Environment advocacy and community rights groups slammed the Thai government today (Tuesday) over the arrest of about 36 protesters, from Songkhla’s Jana district, who were rallying at Government House in…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is seen from Namie town, Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Japan’s government said Tuesday it has decided to start releasing massive amounts of radioactive water stored in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in two years after treatment. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water to sea in 2 years

TOKYO (AP) — Radioactive water accumulating in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant will be released into the sea in two years after it is treated, Japan’s government said…

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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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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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The Thai NGO committed to saving Thailand’s trees celebrates 10 years of success

A shady story A decade after their first mission to stop a mature tree being felled, the Big Trees Project is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the “BigTrees Festival 2020”…

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Photo from: Marine National Park Operation Center 2 (Phuket)

Wildlife species stage a comeback in a peaceful environment

One of the more positive aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand is that, with people staying at home and tourism all but ceased, the environment has an opportunity to…

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