Disparity worsens ocean pollution

Ocean plastic pollution is threatening humanity and Thailand cannot escape the blame as one of the world’s worst marine polluters. Although the government has pledged to tackle marine pollution, one thing is certain. Success is out of reach if the state authorities fail to engage ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

ESCAP And Partners Launch Science-based E-learning Course To Tackle Marine Plastic Litter In Cities

Today, on World Oceans Day, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and partners are launching an e-learning course to help reduce the impact of plastic pollution. As part of the Closing the Loop project, the course, entitled Cities ...

‘Water Grabbing’ On The Mekong – Analysis

As dam-building projects continue to proliferate along Southeast Asia’s vital Mekong River, experts in a recent online discussion panel agreed that the area is fast becoming overloaded with them, dredging up far-reaching issues ranging from international friction and industry “water grabs” to widespread ecological disasters ...

Why Asean needs to care about Mekong issues like it did with haze

The Mekong river, which runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is the beating heart of mainland Southeast Asia, sustaining the livelihoods of around 66 million people. Yet the river is running dry, with its water levels at their lowest in 100 years. ...

'Nothing about the Mekong is normal now’: Anger along Southeast Asia’s great river as water levels become unpredictable

Thailand: From a distance, it is hard to make sense of the small patches of green emerging from the cracking mud flats of the Mekong River. They are not oases, nor sprouts of river grass along dusty channels where water normally flows; they are golf greens.Recently, ...

Feel the people’s power flow

Amid the jubilation, there was a brief moment of uneasiness. Last September, during a ceremony to award the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Equator Prize held at the Boon Rueang wetland forest in Chiang Rai province, participants noticed the ground was much drier than it ...

Mekong river level critically low

The Mekong River is currently only a little over one metre deep as it flows through this northeastern border province, posing a threat of severe drought during the dry season.Officials said the river level is dropping faster than in recent years due to the construction ...

Pattanapong Sripiachai

China Dams Continue to Hinder Water Flow on the Mekong River

China’s water relations with Thailand and the other lower Mekong countries are once again under strain after Beijing held up the Mekong River’s flow at one of its large dams upstream, precipitating a sudden drop in volume for downstream countries that share the region’s longest ...

Thailand NGO seeks halt to Mekong dam project in Laos, as threat to Asean's most vital waterway grows

A civic group in Thailand is petitioning the country’s financial institutions to withhold construction loans for the Luang Prabang dam project along the Mekong River in Laos amid warnings about the negative environmental risks the dams pose and the potential for the displacement of families ...

Prayut calls for action on sea pollution

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered officials to be diligent in solving the kingdom’s rubbish problem after acknowledging that about 40% of waste went into the ocean last year, according to Traisuree Taisaranakul, deputy government spokeswoman.The prime minister yesterday voiced his concerns after being briefed ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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