The Bangkok Post

Rethinking our cities' link to water

Water holds special symbolic significance in Thai culture, from Loy Krathong to Songkran festivals. But as much as we respect the value of water, we must also recognise that failure to care for our water resources puts our lives and wellbeing at risk. Over the last ...

RICHARD FRIEND & PAKAMAS THINPHANGA

Ratify enforced disappearance pact now

As of last year, according to UN figures, there were nearly 80 unresolved cases of enforced disappearances in Thailand. Considering the country now has a law in place against enforced disappearances, in force since earlier in the year, how should we prevent and remedy these ...

VITIT MUNTARBHORN

Mekong water level falling

NAKHON PHANOM: The level of the Mekong river is falling and water can now be drained more quickly out of thousands of rai of flooded rice fields, authorities in this northeastern border province said on Monday. The river was receding by 10-20 centimetres per day. It ...

PATTANAPONG SRIPIACHAI

What China dams mean for Mekong

The worries and woes about the impacts of China’s dams along the Mekong River have been simmering since their construction more than two decades ago. But there is one big difference today. Recorded data, such as that reported in the Mekong Dam Monitor online platform, describes ...

JOHANNA SON/FOUNDER/EDITOR OF THE REPORTING ASEAN SERIES

Region told to rev up decarbonisation

Southeast Asia needs to accelerate decarbonisation of its global value chains (GVCs) as the region could face up to a 30% loss of GDP annually by 2100 due to climate change, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).  Speaking at a conference in Bali, ADB deputy ...

Sirinnaree Ongsakul

Myanmar junta discusses elections with ethnic groups

Myanmar’s military junta is holding talks with three ethnic rebel groups on staging elections in areas they control, a rebel spokesman said on Friday, as the military prepares for polls the United States has said will be a “sham.” The country has about 20 ethnic rebel ...

Mekong tributaries burst banks, flooding 4,000 rai

Two major tributaries of the Mekong River have burst their banks, flooding about 4,000 rai of paddy fields in Sri Songkhram district of this northeastern province. The water level of the Mekong in Nakhon Phanom on Saturday was about 8 metres, or 4m below the spill-over ...

PATTANAPONG SRIPIACHAI

Indigenous rights bill languishes

Thailand is home to over 6 million indigenous people. Yet many are outlawed, denied basic rights, and subject to many forms of oppression. This must change.  According to the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, about 10% of the population belongs to 60 indigenous and ethnic ...

BANGKOK POST EDITORIAL COLUMN

New climate policy fails to sway critics

The government is setting out major bureaucratic changes with the introduction of the Climate Change Act and the founding of the Department of Climate Change, which will be the new legal tool and central agency to oversee the country’s climate actions. Speaking at the Thailand Climate ...

PRATCH RUJIVANAROM

Laos dam leaks normal, says Thai partner

Reported leaks at the sides of the Nam Theun 1 Hydropower dam under construction in Laos were not a cause for concern and were normal when a dam began storing water, Electricity Generating Plc president Thepparat Theppitak said on Monday. EGCO, a subsidiry of the Electricity ...

YUTHANA PRAIWAN

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