Climate focus in royal decree

The Department of Environment Quality Promotion has officially been renamed the Department of Climate Change and Environment as per a royal command by His Majesty the King. 

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said the name change took effect yesterday, adding the new department will be restructured to meet its new challenges.

Citing recent remarks by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on “global boiling”, Mr Varawut said the new department is essential to Thailand’s efforts to address issues related to climate change. According to Mr Guterres, global surface and ocean temperatures have reached historically high levels, which signals that global warming has ended and the “global boiling” era is here.

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Apinya Wipatayotin