EARTH Thailand


Thais affected by heavy industries are calling for a closer monitoring of polluters

EARTH & ARNIKA 06 April 2021

BANGKOK / PRAGUE - Pollution of air, soil and food chain reach extreme levels in Thailand, as shown by the long term measurements conducted by environmental organizations Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) and Arnika (1). NGOs and communities affected now ask the authorities to introduce a mandatory system to monitor emissions of harmful substances from industrial plants and factories. Data should be reported in a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) - an effective mechanism of public control that has proved its worth in reducing pollution in European countries and has contributed to the safety of communities.


Klity Creek lead cleanup stumbles

Bangkok Post 28 February 2021 | Nicha Wachpanich

Long-running environmental saga no closer to a happy resolution

Pollution in Klity Creek in the deep forest of Kanchanaburi province has been a health and environmental threat for villagers who relied for water consumption for decades. Three years ago, authorities launched a cleanup -- the first state-supervised environmental cleanup in Thailand. This series aims to explore how it is going.


Locals voice protest against gold exploration in Chanthaburi province

Thai PBS World 10 February 2021

A network of about 40 civic groups and local organizations in Thailand’s eastern province of Chanthaburi is voicing strong opposition to the granting of approval for gold exploration by a mining company.


Factories to monitor emissions

Bangkok Post 29 January 2021 | Lamonphet Apisitniran

Up to 600 factories nationwide are being ordered to closely monitor their emissions to better curb air pollutants as the Industry Ministry steps up efforts to cope with PM2.5 ultra-fine dust, now blanketing most parts of Bangkok.

The mandatory requirement, with a maximum fine of 200,000 baht for violators, will be enforced under a new ministerial law expected to take effect next year, according to the ministry.


Cancer-causing baby powders continue circulating in the Nepali market

Rising Nepal Daily 24 January 2021 | Binu Shrestha

Baby powders, one of the most widely used cosmetics, are alleged to contain cancer-causing asbestos.  Several investigations and scientific researches provide evidence after evidence that exposure to asbestos-tainted talcum powder may cause malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer that affects tissues lining internal organs.


Dirty recycling in Thailand destroys the environment and the livelihood of local people. Register of polluters and “right to know” can change this

PRESS RELEASE | 29 December 2020

BANGKOK/PRAGUE – The Pollution Control Department has lately stepped up for a decisive legal action against the polluting factory Win Process Company. This comes after a decade of numerous complaints about the impacts of leaked toxic chemicals that polluted the local farmland and crops in Nong Phawa, Ban Khai District, Rayong Province, Thailand. The pollution had very negative effects on the livelihood of local communities. This case shows that it is necessary to demand for Pollutant Release and Transfer Register[1].


Finally, a win for villagers

Bangkok Post 26 December 2020

After years of fighting for environmental justice, the efforts of Ratchaburi villagers who suffered contamination from a waste recycling firm have finally paid off. The Civil Court on Thursday handed down a landmark verdict in their favour, ordering the firm to pay millions of baht in compensation.


Locals secure victory over plastics firm

Bangkok Post 25 December 2020

Company to restore damaged areas

Residents of a village in tambon Nam Phu of Ratchaburi's Muang district have won a court battle with a plastic recycling company that was found to have polluted the local environment which negatively impacted their health.


Citizen Science Vital for Protecting Community Health from Chemicals and Wastes

Press Release | 26 November 2020

Bali, Indonesia/Bangkok, Thailand/Manila, Philippines.  Experts from various fields and institutions cited the tremendous potentials of citizen science for advancing public participation in research efforts that can generate data, which can increase the negotiation power of communities facing chemical and waste pollution.


Efforts to Clear the “World’s Trash Bin”: Hazardous Waste Challenges in Thailand and beyond

Bangkok Tribune 18 November 2020 | Mali Hom-ngern  

In spite of the fact that Thailand is gearing towards the next era of its industrial development, with the Thailand 4.0 policy being promoted as the flagship, its hazardous waste management is said to have stood still at the era of 80s to 90s, resulting in a number of hurdles in hazardous waste management that can barely keep up with the rising challenges at the moment, the Dialogue Forum 7 was told.