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An injured sea turtle has been rescued by a tour boat operator in Phuket today. The boat crew of Nikorn Marine found a sea turtle while sailing the ‘Nichakorn 2’ near Coral Island, off Chalong.

The turtle was found injured, trapped in a fishing net, with its rear left flipper missing, though the wound seemed old and had heeled over by itself.

The staff called Phuket Marine Biological Centre to come and inspect the turtle and take it back to their Centre for further treatment. The staff handed the turtle to PMBC officials at Chalong Pier around lunchtime today. More information about the turtle and its condition has yet to be revealed.

Thanks to the staff and crew on board the ‘Nichakorn 2’ for doing the right thing.

Posted by ธนวรรธน์ วาสิการ on Sunday, 4 August 2019

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Human feces dumped in watershed contaminates Karen people’s drinking water

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A truck allegedly dumped a tank of human feces in a watershed that drains into water sources used by a group of Karen people, leaving the community in Northern Thailand’s Tak province with no clean drinking water. Around 200 Karen people gathered at a police station in the Phop Phra district to file a complaint.

For generations, water drained from the watershed has been used by the Karen people. Recently, there have been other incidents involving waste dumped in the watershed and locals have been concerned that the polluted water could affect their health.

The Karen people say they identified the business behind the dumping. Nation Thailand did not report on the name of the business, but says the company agreed to pay 10,000 baht in compensation. Legal action against the business may follow.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Homeless hermit crabs in Koh Lanta need seashell donations

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Hermit crabs on Moo Koh Lanta Marine National Park have been seen making homes out of broken glass bottles and other pieces of trash. With the shortage of shells on the Krabi beaches, park officials have launched a project called “Returning Homes to Hermit Crabs.”

The park made a post on Facebook with photo a hermit crab that appears to be living in a broken glass bottle. So far, a number of people responded and pledged to donate around 200 kilograms of shells. A park official, who spoke to the Bangkok Post, says they still need more.

“We still need more… All donated items will be dropped on beaches for hermit crabs to choose their new homes.”

The number of hermit crabs is rapidly growing, but the island doesn’t have enough shells for the crabs and many have resorted to trash left on the beach. The park official says they don’t believe tourists contributed to the shortage of seashells.

“Some tourists might take shells home but that was not the underlying cause of the problem… There are simply more hermit crabs than shells.”

To donate or to get more information, contact the park at 075-656-576.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Urgent plan to reduce PM2.5 – National Environment Board

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With the air pollutant PM2.5 rising to harmful levels in some areas of Bangkok and increasing in other cities, the National Environment Board has approved an urgent plan. Pollution Control Department chief Atthaphon Charoenchansa says the plan has 12 measures to tackle pollution. It will be submitted to the Cabinet for review.

A “pollution information centre” will be formed with a spokesperson to report on Thailand’s air quality situation and a subcommittee focused on forest fires in 17 northern provinces. The committee would act similar to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration by providing information to the public and working on solutions.

The plan also includes a smartphone application to regulate seasonal burning which contributes to Thailand’s air pollution. The application would be used to book specific times for burning.

The board is also looking into using satellite images through the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency to predict levels of dust pollution and provide alerts with a forecast.

“A 3 day advance dust forecast is the most practical tool to deal with PM2.5 by alerting people in affected areas via SMS.”

According to the Air Visuals, pollution levels are expected to rise this week to an Air Quality Index, or AQI, of 151 to 200, which is considered to be unhealthy. Air Visuals recommends closing windows at home to avoid the dirty outdoor air and to reduce outdoor exercise.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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