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  • RTN mobilised to deal with oil leak off Gulf of Thailand

    Thailand today mobilised the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to aid in the rescue of an oil storage vessel operated by Chevron Corp’s unit and contain damage to the environment. The vessel suffered damage during routine maintenance in the Gulf of Thailand earlier this week. According to government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri, the RTN will focus on assisting the crew in plugging…

  • Search intensifies for Prachin Buri’s missing radioactive Caesium-137 canister

    The search for Prachin Buri’s missing radioactive isotope Caesium-137 canister is intensifying after officials have come up empty-handed. Yesterday, workers equipped with radiation detectors, searched scrap shops in the Si Maha Phot district of Thailand’s central province of Prachin Buri but found nothing. The National Power Plant 5A Company is offering a 50,000 baht reward for information which leads to…

  • Ayutthaya recycling plant caught dumping industrial waste

    A waste recycling plant in Ayutthaya province was uncovered as the source of a truckload of industrial waste. Thai authorities seized a truck when it was caught discharging industrial waste in Sara Buri, on the land of the Kaeng Khoi industrial estate. The Pollution Control Department confirmed the truck impound and the payload of industrial waste inside. It had been…

  • Chiang Mai residents to get free face masks as dangerous air pollution soars

    Chiang Mai residents are getting free face masks as dangerous air pollution in the province soars. Authorities say they will hand out the masks to the public as forest fires continue to pollute the air. The fires have been a problem for years as farmers continue to set ablaze fields to clear the way for the next crop cycle. Several…

  • Phuket residents call on authorities to investigate black water at beach

    Phuket residents are calling on authorities to investigate after foul-smelling black water was found flowing into the sea at a beach. On Sunday, residents and tourists were shocked to find lots of black water pouring into the sea at Karon Beach near Nong Harn Lake. Swimmers rushed out of the sea after seeing the black water. According to The Phuket…

  • Thailand to ban all plastic waste imports in 2025

    Thailand has taken a significant step toward reducing its plastic waste by announcing a complete ban on plastic waste imports from January 1, 2025. The decision, made by the Thai Cabinet today, is part of the country’s ongoing efforts to tackle the escalating problem of plastic waste, which is contributing to environmental degradation and posing a threat to human health.…

  • Pattaya’s air suffers unhealthy PM2.5 dust levels

    Pattaya’s air is suffering from unhealthy PM2.5 dust levels. The health-hazardous dust level has risen to 174 microgrammes per cubic meter, far above the safety threshold of 50 microgrammes per cubic meter, The Pattaya News reported yesterday. AQI readings above 100 are considered “unhealthy” (red), above 200 are considered “very unhealthy” (purple) and beyond 300 are considered “hazardous.” The dust…

  • Graphic shows Thailand in top 10 countries with most ocean plastic waste

    A new graphic shows that Asian countries, including Thailand, are among the top ocean plastic polluters due to mismanaged waste. The graphic by Louis Lugas Wicaksono is based on data from a 2021 research paper by Dutch academic Lourens JJ Meijer. The graphic shows a pie chart made up of plastic waste, labelling each country’s amount of ocean plastic waste…

  • Thailand’s plastic bag use plunges by 148,000 tonnes in 3 years

    Thailand‘s use of plastic bags plunged by over 148,000 tonnes in about three years. The Pollution Control Department (PCD) launched campaigns in 2018 to cut the use of single-use plastic and plastic shopping bags, in cooperation with the Environmental Quality Promotion Department (EQPD). The campaign aimed to reduce the use of plastic bags by 43% by 2021. According to an…

  • Great Wall Motor targets 50% growth in Thailand this year

    China‘s Great Wall will target 50% growth in Thailand this year. Great Wall Motor’s Ora Good Cat is already the top-selling electric vehicle in the kingdom. Great Wall Motor aims to increase sales in Thailand by 50% this year, the privately owned automaker said on Friday, while also planning to launch production of electric vehicles in Thailand in 2024. GWM…

  • Russian tourists lend a hand by cleaning Koh Samui beach

    A group of Russian tourists demonstrated their environmental responsibility this week by lending a hand to clean up a beach on Koh Samui. On the morning of January 31, a group of Russian tourists helped to collect garbage from Baan Mae Nam Beach before enjoying their day swimming, sunbathing, and exercising. The Phuket Express reported the cleanup yesterday. The tourists found a…

  • Thai officials provide safety guidelines for students, school staff amidst pollution

    As Thailand continues to grapple with the ongoing air pollution crisis, officials provided guidelines for students and school staff. Yesterday, the Ministry of Education provided school safety guidelines for students and staff to protect themselves from PM2.5. The guidelines include: avoiding outdoor activities for extended periods, wearing face masks when outdoors, wearing long-sleeved shirts, taking showers or washing skin after…

  • Thailand to adjust air pollution safety level from June 1

    Thailand is set to adjust its standard safety level of air pollution from June 1, 2023. The adjustment will see the safety level change from 50 microns to 37.5 microns as part of a move to help the Pollution Control Department manage air pollution more efficiently. Pollution Control Department Director-General, Pinsak Suraswadi, says currently the PCD has implemented its Level…

  • Bangkok is third most polluted city in the world

    Bangkok was ranked the third worst city in the world for air pollution after PM2.5 dust reached unhealthy levels. A heavy blanket of smog encased the capital’s skyscrapers as nationwide agricultural burning and forest fires pumped tiny dust particulates into the air, exacerbated by the city’s chockablock traffic and stone-dry weather. At 10am, Bangkok’s air quality index (AQI) measured 198,…

  • Locals seek 5 billion baht from oil spill

    After an oil spill a year ago, villagers and small businesses in Rayong are suing all involved and seeking 5 billion baht in damages. Star Petroleum Refining (SPRC), PTT Global Chemical and several government agencies are named in the suit for their part in the oil spill last January. The lawsuits have been filed by the Rising Sun law firm, which…

  • Bangkok governor urges the capital to work remotely as pollution deteriorates

    Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt urged the capital’s workers and car drivers to stay at home and work remotely as the pollution levels continue to deteriorate in the city. The 56 year old city chief advised residents to refrain from going to the office, wear masks outdoors, and if drivers must travel, use public transport. “Residents should work from home if…

  • Northeast Thai farmer is ‘selling’ fresh air

    One northeast Thai farmer is ‘selling’ fresh air. The farmer, 52 year old Dusit Kachai, charges visitors 1,000 baht per person for the first hour they stay at his farm. The farm is located on the edge of Chaiyaphum province’s Phu Laen Kha National Park, which has clean air, forests, and mountain streams. Dusit said… “The first hour costs 1,000…

  • Sunken HTMS Sukhothai to be raised in one US$3-million piece

    Raising the sunken HTMS Sukhothai is going to cost about 100 million baht (US$3 million). HTMS Sukhothai sank in 50 metres of water, 19 nautical miles off the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan on the night of December 18 last year. Only 76 of the 105 crew on board at the time survived. Admiral Adung Phan-iam, commander of the Royal…