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Farmers call on Thai government to overturn ban on pesticide use

A group of Thai farmers has submitted a letter to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, citing the ineffectiveness of products used to replace Paraquat and Chlorpyrifos, and calling for the ban on those chemicals, introduced on June 1, to be overturned. In the letter, they suggest the ...

Migrants seek to return to Thailand after lockdown

With the introduction of Phase 6 of easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, businesses have reopened and begun hiring, but migrant workers, who went home and waited for outbreak to end, now find themselves on the outside looking in, unable to reenter the kingdom and get back ...

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 ...

Rights groups call for government to act after abduction of Thai activist in Cambodia

Following Thursday’s broad-daylight abduction of an exiled Thai political activist in Cambodia, both country’s police forces have bluntly refused to investigate, prompting calls by critics and human rights groups, including US-based Human Rights Watch, for swift action. Human rights defender Angkhana Neelapaijit warns that Thai ...

Online learning system to support re-opening of schools

Thailand’s Ministry of Education is launching an online learning system designed as a back-up in the event that the re-opening of schools is deemed unsafe. With Thailand’s schools set to reopen their doors from July 1, a televised and online system is being tested to ...

May Taylor

Human Rights Watch says Thailand should free detained migrants

A significant number of migrants in Thailand’s Songkhla immigration detention centre have the coronavirus and the Human Rights Watch is saying all them should be free due to the dangers of the coronavirus pot the other detainees.In an article urging the release of the migrants, ...

Caitlin Ashworth

Obesity on the rise in the Land of Smiles

Thailand has a health problem and it appears to be an even bigger concern than the current Covid-19 pandemic. The World Health Organisation says nearly one third of the Thai population is now overweight and 9% of the country is obese. Malaysia currently holds the ...

May Taylor

Air pollution in Bangkok falls to lowest level in 2020

The website data show that Bangkok air quality index (AQI) had a PM2.5 level of only 53 micrograms per cubic metre (μg/m3) on average. The AQI is a standard that indicates the level of air pollution. 100 AQI is considered ‘moderate’. The suburbs with the ...

Greeley Pulitzer

Covid-19 crisis delays Thailand’s biofuel future

Thailand’s Energy Ministry has postponed a nationwide plan to switch to biofuels until the Covid-19 crisis subsides.The ministry initially told oil refineries to stop producing gasohol 91 at the end of May and planned to increase consumption and manufacture of biofuels like gasohol E20, which ...

Sean Kelly

Thailand facing double whammy – Covid-19 and worsening seasonal drought

The Office of the National Water Resources says up to 6,255 villages in 24 provinces have already been declared as drought-affected areas, while national dams and reservoirs are only at an average of 49% capacity (only 26% of that water is usable.) It has been ...

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