New phase of single-use plastic bag reduction to be launched on July 3rd

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department is set to launch the 2nd phase of the Action Plan on Plastic Waste Management on July 3rd, which is International Plastic Bag Free Day. The…

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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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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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Thailand to ban import of all plastic waste from January 1st, 2025

The Thai cabinet decided today (Tuesday) to ban the import of all plastic waste, effective from January 1st, 2025. Additionally, the import of plastic waste this year and next will…

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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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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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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 11 : Government’s measures to deal with plastic waste

Thailand has drawn up a roadmap for tangible management of plastic waste.  Regionally, ASEAN has endorsed the Bangkok Declaration on Combatting Marine Debris and the ASEAN Framework of Action on…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 10 : Food tainted with micro plastic

Plastic waste dumped into the sea is posing an increasingly serious threat to marine life, with more and more rare marine species dying after eating plastic debris. An even greater…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 8 : The utter indifference to the waste problem

Malaysia is ranked as the world’s 8th largest dumper of garbage into the sea.  Several academics have blamed the marine waste pollution crisis on the abject indifference to the problem…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 3

Episode 3 of the ASEAN Waste Crisis documentary focuses on joint efforts by Indonesia’s private sector and religious organizations to address the plastic waste problem. The Thai PBS team, led…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 2

A new documentary, ‘ASEAN Waste Crisis’, looks at the catastrophic plastic waste problem facing ASEAN countries, especially Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Thailand. Phongsathat Sukhaphong is in Indonesia, tracking the…

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9th dead sea turtle found this year in Sattahip

A green sea turtle was found dead and floating in the sea off the Na Chom Thien beach in Sattahip district of Thailand’s eastern province of Chon Buri on Saturday….

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Autopsy on dead Hawksbill sea turtle to establish cause of death

Veterinarians, based at the sea turtle hospital at the Sattahip naval base in Chon Buri province, are scheduled to dissect a dead Hawksbill sea turtle to discover the cause of…

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Floating trash collectors to be used in 13 coastal provinces

Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has recently received 20 floating trash collectors from a private company to be used in estuaries and tributaries in 13 provinces to scoop…

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Dugong Mariam’s embalmed remains to be exhibited at Phuket Aquarium

The remains of baby dugong Mariam will be placed on display at the Phuket Aquarium after being embalmed at the National Science Museum in Pathum Thani province, as are the…

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