EARTH Thailand


Wastewater sparks local ire

Bangkok Post 08 June 2020 | Anchalee Kongrut

Farm villagers in Ban Khai district in Rayong province have threatened legal action over wastewater pollution from a local recycling factory.

"Over the past few years, we have sent petitions to every channel possible, yet the pollution in our community has not been resolved. As our country still has a court and judicial system, we will seek help from the administrative court," said Paradorn Chanasoonthorn, founder of Network of Surface Water Monitoring, a local environmental watchdog.


Polluting Factories in Nong Pawa Ordered to Shut Down after a Decade of Community Outcry

06 June 2020 | Reported by EARTH

After repeated complaints to several government agencies over the past ten years by Nong Pawa villagers in Bang But subdistrict, Ban Khai district of Rayong province, who have been affected by chronic water pollution caused by Win Process Company’s recycling factories, the local residents have witnessed that their decade-long polluting problems in the area remain unsolved.


Lock Down Mining, Stop Exploiting Opportunity to Give Mining Concession

Statement by the Network of People Who Own Mineral Resources | 28 April 2020

The Network of People Who Own Mineral Resources issued a statement today (28 April) calling for the authorities to equally impose the Emergency Decree by halting all mining operation and mine licensing process. 


Samsung sends apology letters to father of leukemia victim from semiconductor factory

The Hankyoreh 24 April 2020 | Koo Bon-kwon, senior staff writer

Hwang Sang-ki has spent the last 13 years calling for Samsung to take responsibility for its negligence

On Apr. 21, a letter arrived for Hwang Sang-ki, president of Banollim, the human rights watchdog group for semiconductor workers, and father of Hwang Yu-mi, who passed away from acute leukemia after working at a Samsung Electronics semiconductor factory. It was an apology sent by Samsung Electronics CEO Kim Ki-nam.


Plastic plans fail as pandemic deliveries prevail

Bangkok Post 21 April 2020 | Yuthana Praiwan, Lamonphet Apisitniran and Pitsinee Jitpleecheep

Packaging products see demand surge

Single-use plastic is making a comeback, as Thais order takeout and delivery in soaring volumes because of the pandemic.


Waste Possibly Infected With Covid-19 Becoming a Concern

Chiang Rai Times 20 April 2020

Thailand’s Environment Institute (TEI) is raising awareness over contaminated plastics and medical waste accumulating daily. The Institute estimates that the amount of used surgical masks nearly reaches 1 million pieces a day.


Return of lead contamination to Klity Creek prompts locals to lodge petition

Bangkok Post 19 April 2020

Villagers affected by lead contamination in Klity Creek in Thong Pha Phum district in Kanchanaburi have petitioned the Administrative Court to suspend the rehabilitation scheme after lead sediment was once again detected in the water.


If the Philippines banned waste imports, why is it still the world’s dumping ground?

Eco Business 11 March 2020 | Hannah Alcoseba Fernandez

Despite highly-publicised cases of returning illegal waste shipments last year, foreign scrap continues to flood Philippines shores. Policy gaps that make illegal waste trade into the country seem legitimate are to blame, a new Greenpeace report has found. Do its Southeast Asian neighbours suffer the same legal loopholes?


Air pollution 'pandemic' shortens lives by 3 years – study

AFP 03 March 2020  

PARIS: A "pandemic" of air pollution is shortening lives worldwide by nearly three years on average, and causing 8.8 million premature deaths annually, scientists said on Tuesday.

Eliminating the toxic cocktail of molecules and lung-clogging particles cast off by burning oil, gas and coal would restore a full year of life expectancy, they reported in the journal Cardiovascular Research.


Four Thai organisations received funding to fight back against pollution

Press Release 25 February 2020

BANGKOK/PRAGUE - Four environmental justice groups based in Thailand received funds to help them fight pollution in their local areas. This is a part of the subgrants programme of environmental organisations Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand and Arnika, based in Czechia, and funded by the European Union. Sub-grants will support projects dealing with water and soil contamination, public health impact, wrongdoing by industrial polluters and protection of local water sources. The total amount of subgrant funding will be 22,500 EUR.