Environment and natural resources

Minister denies Thailand ‘importing’ plastic waste

Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit on Monday (August 3) dismissed rumours that the Department of Industrial Works had agreed to import 650,000 tonnes of plastic scrap.The minister said the rumour was untrue because since 2018, the department had not issued a licence for the import of ...

The Nation Reporter

The struggle for the soul of the Mekong River

In June of this year, the FAO’s annual State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report ranked the Mekong Basin as the world’s most productive freshwater fishery, accounting for over 15% of global annual freshwater fish catch. Meanwhile, WWF Researchers estimate that the contribution actually accounts ...

BMA delays hike in waste collection fee

City Hall has put off a plan to raise the refuse collection rates, the first hike in 15 years, until October next year citing the government’s policy to ease financial burdens associated with the economic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic.Bangkok City Council has endorsed ...

Supoj Wancharoen

Jomtien Beach being widened under Bt1.1bn project

Jomtien Beach in Pattaya is being widened under a Bt1.1-billion project to replenish a vast expanse of sand eroded over the years by the sea.The Marine Department aims to expand around 7 kilometres of beach to a width of 35-50 metres in order to preserve ...

The Nation Reporter

Report claims air pollution “kills thousands”, costs billions annually

“In mere months, major cities around the world have lost tens of thousands of lives and well into the tens of billions of dollars in economic productivity.”New data released by environmental groups makes claims that air pollution in Bangkok alone has caused some 6,800 deaths ...

Agencies told to prepare for haze

The Pollution Control Department has warned that seasonal haze in the southern portion of the kingdom is expected to be worse this year due to a drought in neighbouring countries, prompting the Environment Ministry to call on agencies to prepare measures to limit the damage.According ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

Corals in lower Gulf of Thailand in great condition, survey shows

The condition of corals in the lower Gulf of Thailand ranged from medium to perfect, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said on Saturday.The department made the observation after studying the situation in Koh Lao Pi and Kong Hin Lao Pi in Pattani province ...

The Nation Reporter

Natural Resources Ministry hires locals to protect forests [Video]

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has launched an initiative to hire people from local communities to help protect forests, in a bid to help unemployed people earn income in the COVID-19 ravaged economy.Keep watching ...

Food deliveries add to Thai plastic headache

Single-use plastic waste in Thailand ballooned during the coronavirus lockdown as demand for home food deliveries soared, activists say, setting back efforts to reduce the country’s dependency on the environmental scourge. The contagion has had mixed outcomes for Thailand’s environment, with dugongs, turtles and otters returning ...

Illegal logging, encroachment found in Narathiwat

A total of 36 rai of forest on Sankalakhiri mountain range in Chanae district of this southern province has been illegally cleared by encroachers, forest protection officials said.Acting on information from local villagers, Gen Jatuporn Kalampasut, director of the intelligence office of the Region 4 ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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