Environment and natural resources

Pollution and waste

Southeast Asia remains a hot spot for plastic pollution

Southeast Asia has emerged as a hot spot for plastic pollution because of rapid urbanization and a rising middle class , whose consumption of plastic products and packaging is growing due to their convenience and versatility. But local waste management infrastructure has not kept pace, resulting in ...

Victoria Kwakwa

Thailand’s Chiang Mai Province Ranked 3rd in Worlds Worst Air Quality

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai was ranked as the third most city in the world with the worst air quality  index on Wednesday, with an average PM2.5 dust level higher than 200. Chiang Mai province is once again battling with a critical air quality levels due ...

CTN News

New lung of Bangkok expected to fully ready in Feb 2022

The first phase of redeveloping the Benjakitti Park will be completed by June 2021 to be open for Mother’s Day, deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul said. The overall construction plan is expected to be completed by February 2022. The first eight months in phase one are focused ...

Nearly 3K illegal burn sites identified across Kingdom

Illegal burning of rice stubble and land at the periphery of forests continues to occur throughout the Kingdom’s rural areas, especially in the north and northeast regions, according to officials who documented the activities on site. Wong Devorn, a civil servant and history professor, told The ...

Voun Dara

Ceasing fire: Thai sugar farmers struggle to change polluting ways

Thailand is one of the world’s largest sugar producer, turning out about 10 million tons of the sweet stuff each year. But the traditional method of harvesting it is being criticized for polluting the environment. The government wants the industry to modernize, but some farmers ...

Tammarin Dejsupa

Vietnamese firms to tackle plastic pollution in Ha Long Bay

Three Vietnamese companies have won a regional challenge to combat plastic waste in Ha Long Bay. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Vietnam Administration of Sea and Islands (VASI), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...

Trash trap gets to work removing plastic waste from Vietnam's Red River

Removing the vast amounts of plastic waste already polluting our oceans is going to need tackling in a number of ways. But the flow of plastic from rivers also needs to be stopped, and that’s what Vietnam’s trash traps are designed to do. They may not ...

Paul Ridden

Deciphering the Black Box of Air Pollution Data In Thailand

Air pollution has become a serious environmental and health issue in Thailand. The pollution levels in the country follow predictable patterns, which highlight the presence of a peak pollution season. For Bangkok, the highest levels of pollution are seen between November and February each year. The ...

Stefanos Fotiou

Deadliest catch: Thailand's 'ghost' fishing nets help Covid fight

Underwater divers in plastic-choked waters off the coast of Thailand snip through discarded nets tangled around a reef — a new initiative helping protect marine life and aiding the fight against coronavirus. The “ghost nets” discarded from the country’s lucrative fishing industry are a deadly source ...

AFP

PM orders intensifying air quality control measures

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has asked ministries and People’s Committees of centrally-run cities and provinces to step up the implementation of programmes and tasks to improve air quality control. The move aims to intensify the control of air pollution, ease its impact on people’s health and ...

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