Environment and natural resources

Fund targeting Asia's plastic waste crisis launched

An investment fund targeted at waste management and recycling projects in Asia was launched Wednesday by a Singapore-based capital fund management firm, backed by some of the world’s biggest consumer products and chemical makers.The Circulate Capital Ocean Fund is the world’s first investment fund focusing ...

Deteriorating Mekong ecosystem alarms activists

Environment advocates are voicing concerns over the Mekong River’s deteriorating ecosystem, especially with more projects set to affect the waterway in the pipeline.“If these so-called development projects continue, especially the construction of more dams, the Mekong will face a crisis,” said Niwat Roi-kaeo, president of ...

Wassayos Ngamkham

Thailand and ASEAN attempt to tackle marine debris [Video]

Marine Debris is an important trans-boundary issue, but how have Thailand and ASEAN been addressing this challenging problem?  NBT World recently had an opportunity to talk to the Natural Resources and Environment Minister about it. Keep watching ...

Alarm over drastic drop in dam levels

The low level of useable water in the country’s four major dams have raised concerns over the likelihood of serious, widespread droughts during the dry season next year.The volume of water currently stored in the country’s four key dams accounts for just 47% of their ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Mekong water turns greenish-blue in Nakhon Phanom

Water in the Mekong river in this northeastern border province has turned from yellowish-brown to greenish-blue — a strange phenomenon that makes the river look beautiful but could be a sign of danger, according to a local media report.The water in the Mekong river is ...

Pattanapong Sripiachai

Over 50% of businesses ignoring orders on wastewater release into central Thailand canal

The Pollution Control Department says over 50% of businesses are ignoring orders regarding the discharge of wastewater into Klong Saen Saeb. The canal connects Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river with the central Thailand provinces of Prachinburi and Chachoengsao.The Nation reports that between 2016 and 2019, over ...

May Taylor

MRC ministerial council approves a drought management strategy, other policies, boosting Mekong countries’ ability to prepare for future disaster

Ministerial delegates from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council today at their annual gathering in Phnom Penh approved a drought management strategy for 2020-2025, allowing Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam to prepare for and manage drought collectively. The approved strategy came as the region ...

Deer's death inspires green money-making plan

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has found a way of protecting the environment and making money while it does that — by selling the rubbish left behind by visitors.Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said on Tuesday that visitors will ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Dead deer found in Thailand with 7kg of plastic in stomach

A wild deer was found dead after swallowing 7kg of plastic bags and other trash in Thailand, an official said on Tuesday (Nov 26), raising the alarm on waste littering the country’s waters and forests.The country is one of the world’s largest consumers of plastic, ...

Thailand improves marine pollution ranking

Thailand’s ranking among the 20 biggest marine plastic polluters has improved by four places, from sixth to tenth, as ranked by Mass of Mismanaged Plastic Waste.The permanent secretary for natural resources and environment says the improvement is largely thanks to government initiatives and the efforts ...

Greeley Pulitzer

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