The Mekong River in Chiang Khan district, Thailand. (Image: Engdao Wichitpunya / Alamy)

Thailand Under Pressure to Thwart Laos, China’s Sanakham Dam Project

Opponents say a refusal to buy power from the dam could stymie its progress saving the Mekong’s ecosystem
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Bangkok to Detail PM 2.5 Battle Plan Next Week

Bangkok City Hall will announce its plan to tackle fine-dust pollution next week and will implement it on Dec. 1. Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang said Friday...
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Plant a Tree in Thailand From Your Phone

Too lazy to pick up a shovel and get your hands dirty? Locked out of Thailand but love the Land of Smiles? Now you...
Lumpini Park is a rare oasis of green in the middle of Bangkok's Silom business district. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

‘Nuisance’ Trees, ‘Unnecessary’ Parks Taking Root as Bangkok Slowly Gets Greener

Environmental movement branches out, converting concrete-loving stalwarts

Christmas Eve to Bring ‘Gift’ of Deadly PM 2.5 Smog to...

Construction halted, schools cancel outdoor activities Dec. 24-29
Bangkok Bans Trucks to Control PM2.5

Bangkok Banned Trucks Without Planning Where to Park Them During Day

Bangkok banned big trucks but didn’t plan what to do with the heavy vehicles while they waited all day to enter the city limits. The...
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Food-Delivery Apps Pledge to Cut Single-Use Plastic

Leading food-delivery companies joined the government and state enterprises in a pledge to reduce use of single-use plastics in their services. Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa...
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Facebook to Send Flood, Drought Alerts to Lower Mekong Communities

Residents and local governments along the Lower Mekong can now get flood alerts and drought-monitoring information through Facebook under a new partnership with the...
Thailand’s DDPM carry out flood rescue and relief operations in Chumphon, January 2017. (Photo: DDPM)

Year-End Floods to Hit South, Drought in Far North

Thailand’s South is bracing for severe flooding predicted to hit the region next month even as the North faces drought. Office of National Water Resources...
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Want to Solve Bangkok’s Bad Air? Get Cars Off Roads, Experts...

Environmental academics on Monday brainstormed ideas for how to mitigate Bangkok’s air-pollution disaster, agreeing that a limit on the number of vehicles on the...
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Bangkok, Chiang Mai Air to Worse with PM 2.5 Surge Through...

Already bad, Bangkok’s air is about to get worse with dangerous “PM 2.5” dust set to increase further in urban areas through Jan. 25,...
Low water in the Mekong River stretches through Thailand and into Vietnam.

Time Running Out for Mighty Mekong

The scarcity of water in the river is causing an ecological disaster in Southeast Asia — and China is the culprit
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Phuket Hotels’ Ecotourism Efforts Win HICAP 2020 Sustainability Awards

Six Senses Ko Yao Noi, Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism in Thailand meet sustainable-development challenges
Overtourism nearly destroyed Maya Bay. It will reopen after 3.5 years with tour boats limited. Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

Thailand’s Maya Bay to Reopen Jan. 1 After 42-Month Closure

Thailand will reopen the famed Maya Bay in the Phi Phi Islands on Jan. 1 which has been closed since mid-2018 to recover from...
Officials from Phangnga's Takua Pa District dig up a leatherback turtle egg hole and move fertile eggs to a more-optimal location.

Endangered Leatherback Turtles Return to Phangnga Beach for 1st Time in...

Absent for 20 years, leatherback sea turtles have returned to Bang Sak Beach in Phangnga to lay eggs, another sign of nature’s resurgence during...
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Sea Turtle Eggs Found on Trang Island for First Time in...

Villagers and local officials on Libong Island in Trang Province were delighted Monday to discover sea turtles were laying eggs there again for the...
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Fishing, Boat Anchoring Banned on Sensitive Reefs in 5 Provinces

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has banned fishing and boats from anchoring in sensitive areas of five provinces to protect coral and...
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WATCH: Elephant Conservation in Chiang Mai in the Covid Era

Chiang Mai’s elephant-touring industry has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of foreign tourists, but some camps focusing on breeding an...
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UNESCO Lists Chiang Mai’s Doi Chiang Dao as Biosphere Reserve

UNESCO is preparing to announce that Thailand’s Doi Chiang Dao, part of a karst geological mountain range in Chiang Mai Province, will be designate...

Rising Chao Phraya Prompts Flood Warnings

The Royal Irrigation Department warns of the rising level of the Chao Phraya River due to heavy downpours in the upper part of the...
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Thailand Takes Step Toward Carbon-Neutral Tourism; Aims for Net Zero Emissions

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to drive Thailand towards zero-emission tourism with seven partner public and private organizations. The...

Thailand Puts Baht Before Mekong by Buying Power from Laos’ Chinese...

Gov't rejects concerns over hydroelectric projects that are destroying the Mekong River environment
The wildlife of northern Thailand’s rivers and forests, including the near-threatened Eurasian otter, could be disrupted by more dams on the Mekong (Image: Alamy)

Mekong Dams Inflicting Untold Damage on N. Thailand Wildlife

Otters, fish and birds along the Ing and Ruak rivers face threats from hydropower dams on the Mekong, but understanding is lacking of the true impacts on the ecology of these Mekong tributaries
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