climate change

  • Thailand News

    Thailand urged to adopt nuclear power for carbon-zero goals

    Nuclear power and artificial intelligence (AI) are suggested as viable public policies to assist Thailand in achieving carbon-zero and sustainable development goals. This solution is suggested by the Chief Executive Officer of the Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group, Suphachai Chearavanont. Speaking at the Bangkok Post Conference 2024, Suphachai emphasised the significance of these measures in Thailand’s sustainability efforts. He highlighted the…

  • Thailand News

    Record sea temperatures devastate coral reefs and marine life

    Record sea surface temperatures in Thailand’s eastern gulf coast are causing severe damage to the region’s aquatic life, raising concerns among scientists and local communities. Coral reefs that were once vibrant and colourful, situated about 5 metres underwater, have turned white due to coral bleaching. This phenomenon indicates deteriorating health caused by elevated water temperatures. Data reveals that sea surface…

  • Thailand News

    Buckle up, Bangkok: Thai official floats capital relocation amid rising sea

    A senior Thai official yesterday raised the alarming possibility that Thailand may need to consider relocating its capital city Bangkok due to the threat posed by rising sea levels caused by climate change. The bustling metropolis of the capital already grapples with severe flooding during the rainy season each year. Deputy Director-General of Thailand’s Department of Climate Change and Environment…

  • Pattaya News

    Pattaya officials provide free water to drought-hit Koh Larn island

    Residents of Koh Larn breathed a sigh of relief as the Governor of Chon Buri, and city officials made their way to the island on May 7, bearing the gift of water. Thailand’s ongoing dry season had left the locals parched, thereby leading to this much-needed intervention that saw the distribution of 100,000 litres of free water. This act of…

  • Travel Guides

    How to survive Thailand’s rainy season 2024

    Navigating Thailand’s rainy season, extending from mid-May to October, poses significant challenges for many. As someone who has experienced the full spectrum of conditions this season can present, from sudden torrential downpours to prolonged periods of drizzle, I have compiled several crucial tips that will enable individuals not only to withstand but also to thrive during Thailand’s most precipitous months…

  • Thailand News

    Thai farmers feeling the heat: Climate change threatens crop yields

    Farmers in Thailand are facing a significant threat from climate change, with an alarming drop in crop yields predicted over the next seven decades. This growing crisis has prompted calls for the government to implement strategies to safeguard food security. Witsanu Attavanich, a lecturer in economics at Kasetsart University, is at the forefront of research into the impact of climate…

  • Guides

    How will climate change affect Thailand in the future

    With its stunning variety of places, from mountains to beaches, Thailand is rolling up its sleeves to face the challenges of climate change head-on. Imagine the scene: rising sea levels and more extreme weather are set to shake things up in Thailand’s beautiful landscapes, vibrant communities, and a strong economy. Diving into how climate change will reshape Thailand is like…

  • Thailand News

    Thai scientists find fossil-fuel pollution in Antarctica’s soil

    Thai scientists have uncovered evidence of fossil-fuel pollution in the soil of Antarctica, prompting calls for stricter measures to protect the world’s most pristine environment. A research team, utilising the cutting-edge SR-FTIR microspectroscopy technique at the Thai Synchrotron National Lab in Nakhon Ratchasima, made the discovery in sediment samples collected from five sites across King George Island. Siwatt Pongpiachan, who…

  • Thailand News

    Power down for the planet: Bangkok joins global Earth Hour

    To combat climate change, Bangkokians are urged to power off their lights and unused appliances from 8.30pm to 9.30pm tomorrow, aligning with the annual Earth Hour tradition observed internationally on the penultimate Saturday of March. Spearheaded by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and other partners since 2008, this symbolic gesture…

  • Thailand News

    Sustainability Week Asia 2024: A call to action for climate crisis

    Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke at the Sustainability Week Asia 2024 event hosted by Economist Impact, under The Economist media group, held at The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok. In his opening remarks, Parnpree rallied an esteemed audience comprising business magnates, both domestic and international, alongside government representatives, academia, and experts. Highlighting the gravity of the…

  • Thailand News

    Thai farmers advised against off-season rice due to climate change

    Climate change and the moderate effects of the El Niño phenomenon have led to a reduction in Thailand’s water supply, prompting authorities to advise second-crop farmers against the cultivation of off-season rice. The lower water levels have necessitated a revised water distribution plan to support existing plantations where crops are yet to be harvested. Krongsak Songraksa, Deputy Director-General of the…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand could curb climate change impact with forest expansion

    The severe consequences of climate change could potentially be curbed in Thailand by the expansion of forest coverage on unused lands, asserted a water expert. Royon Jitdon, who provides advice to the Hydro-Informatics Institute under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, expressed confidence in the climate change mitigation capabilities of forest plantations, particularly in terms of reducing…

  • Thailand News

    Switzerland criticised: Thai electric buses would have been introduced without carbon offsets

    Switzerland‘s purchase of carbon offsets from Thailand under the Paris Agreement‘s Article 6.2 mechanism has been criticised as the legitimacy of the emission reductions claimed comes under fire. Switzerland has sealed the first-ever transaction under the Paris Agreement’s Article 6.2, acquiring carbon offsets from Thailand linked to the introduction of electric buses in Bangkok. Despite parties celebrating it as a…

  • Thailand News

    Climate crisis: Thailand promises to cut carbon emissions by 40%

    Thailand has pledged a whopping 40% cut in carbon emissions, up from its initial 30%, following the resounding success of the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai. At a riveting COP28 debriefing event yesterday, December 20, Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Chief of the Department of Climate Change and Environment, declared that a serious study based on social, environmental, and…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand’s path to net-zero: 6 mega-trends to combat carbon missions

    Renewable energy, electric vehicles, hydrogen, and the circular economy are the knights in shining armour, charging into the battleground of carbon emissions, claims Melissa Moi, the head of sustainable business at the United Overseas Bank (Thailand). This revelation comes on the heels of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP28, where the imminent industrial upheaval stole the spotlight. Climate…

  • Thailand News

    Thai minister heats up COP28 with climate change commitment

    At the COP28 climate talks in Dubai, Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Police General Phatcharavat Wongsuwan, took centre stage, making bold declarations and unveiling ambitious plans to combat climate change. In a fervent address on December 10, Phatcharavat reaffirmed Thailand’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, sending shockwaves through the climate change talks. He underlined the urgency…

  • Thailand News

    Heatwave history: European scientists declare 2023 hottest year in 125,000 years

    European scientists confirmed that this year is the hottest in 125,000 years. This follows data released last month indicating that global temperatures have reached record-breaking highs. The European Union’s climate change watchdog, Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), revealed that the temperature in October surpassed the previous record set in 2019 by 0.4 degrees Celsius. The weather anomalies observed in October…

  • Thailand News

    Germany grants 16 billion baht to Thailand for climate change projects

    Thailand is set to receive a significant contribution of 422 million euros (16 billion baht) from Germany, intended to fund various projects addressing climate change impacts. The announcement was made by Ernst Reichel, the German Ambassador to Thailand, during a press briefing yesterday. Reichel, who assumed his diplomatic role two months prior, underscored that climate change mitigation is a prime…

  • Business News

    Climate change hits Thai economy, calls for smart agriculture surge

    The economy has been negatively impacted due to the challenges presented by climate change, leading to a decrease in farmers’ income because of reduced production, and affecting foreign investment. This has subsequently resulted in higher inflation and cost of living and impacted the export of agricultural products and food. This insight is according to a recent study conducted by the…

  • Business News

    Climate change: Thai businesses warned of ‘global boiling,’ rising power costs

    The United Nations has warned of the global boiling – the intense rise in temperatures and associated power costs we are seeing now, which are predicted to only worsen in the future. Thailand witnessed an unprecedented rise in electricity bills and an all-time high average temperature in July. This salient shift in weather patterns is leading businesses and governments to consider…

  • World News

    Lamborghini’s electrifying road ahead: Supercars to go electric by 2028

    Luxury Italian auto manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini revealed its roadmap to electric transformation, aiming to electrify all of its supercar models by the year 2028. This significant shift comes as a strategic response to the global thrust towards mitigating climate change impacts, resulting in Lamborghini’s electrification. The bold Lamborghini electrification transition is underpinned by ongoing research and technological developments at the company,…

  • Business News

    ESG Scoring pioneered by Thailand’s GSB for large business loan approvals

    In a first for Thailand, the Government Savings Bank (GSB) is revolutionising its loan approval process. Chief executive Vitai Ratanakorn shared that GSB will introduce environmental, social and governance (ESG) scoring when deciding loans for sizeable businesses, requiring a credit limit of 500 million baht or more. This ESG scoring pioneering model aims to incentivise companies to contribute positively to…

  • Business News

    Sustainable financing: Unlocking Thailand’s net-zero pathway challenge

    The urgency of tackling climate change and transitioning towards a sustainable future has drawn increased attention to the importance of sustainable financing in recent years. With every investment decision holding the potential to mould the fate of the planet, governments, corporations, and financial institutions are recognising the significance of funding environmentally friendly initiatives. The push for a net-zero carbon economy…

  • Business News

    BAFS to build 1.2 billion baht oil pipeline linking Saraburi and Ang Thong

    Bangkok Aviation Fuel Services Plc (BAFS) is set to construct a new 52-kilometre oil pipeline connecting Saraburi to Ang Thong, in a bid to enhance its trade in the northern region. The project, which is estimated to cost 1.2 billion baht, will facilitate oil transportation from the east to the north. BAFS is currently in discussions with Thai Petroleum Pipeline…

  • Business News

    Asia-Pacific countries need US$362 billion annually for climate action, says UN

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) highlighted the urgent need for significant funding to support climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP’s Accelerating Climate Action in Asia and the Pacific report reveals that most countries in the area are inadequately prepared for extreme weather events and natural disasters, which…

  • World News

    Over half of world’s largest lakes dwindle, threatening water security

    A recent study has revealed that over half of the world’s largest lakes and reservoirs are shrinking, jeopardising global water security’s future. Climate change and unsustainable consumption have been identified as the primary causes of this alarming trend. “Lakes are in trouble globally, and it has implications far and wide,” said Balaji Rajagopalan, a professor at the University of Colorado…

  • World News

    Climate change makes deadly Asian heatwaves 30 times more likely, study finds

    Last month’s deadly heatwaves in Bangladesh, India, Laos, and Thailand were made at least 30 times more likely due to climate change, according to a study by the World Weather Attribution group. The research examined the average maximum temperature and the maximum heat index, which includes humidity. The findings revealed that climate change made the humid heatwave at least 30…

  • World News

    Climate activists disrupt shareholder meetings, target corporate carbon footprints

    Climate activists have been ramping up pressure on corporations during shareholder meetings, using various tactics to demand action on carbon emissions and climate change. These tactics range from asking numerous questions to more creative approaches, such as singing or even throwing cake at executives. Volkswagen’s recent shareholder meeting became a focal point for activists, with a cake thrown at supervisory…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand braces for scorching summer as El Nino brings climate change to forefront

    Climate experts are warning that Thailand will experience hotter and drier conditions in the upcoming months as a result of El Nino weather patterns, and they caution that this is just the start of the impact of climate change. While hot and humid weather is expected at this time of year, recent heatwaves have been more extreme than anticipated. A…

  • Environment News

    New climate change report says world has slim window

    A United Nations panel of top scientists warned that the world now has just a slim chance to prevent the worst of climate change’s future harms. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says humanity must act fast and cut carbon pollution by almost two-thirds by 2035. The Paris climate agreement calls for nations to agree now on a climate action…