EARTH Thailand


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.


Bangkok 7th worst city in world for air quality: Air Visual

The Nation 25 February 2020

Bangkok’s air quality ranking took another hit, with the city being named the seventh worst in the world for air quality, while Chiang Mai was placed tenth, according to the application Air Visual today (February 25) as of 12.50pm.


Pollution taints seaside community's prosperity

Bangkok Post 09 February 2020 | Anchalee Kongrut

Samut Sakhon is seen by some as a success story but the riches have come at a toxic price.

Bangkok's seaside neighbour Samut Sakhon is known for many things -- as a fishing hub, a thriving seafood market, and also as the largest location of Myanmar's migrant community in Thailand.


Plants urged to cut output, clear dust

Bangkok Post 23 January 2020 | Lamonphet Apisitniran and Yuthana Praiwan

The Industry Ministry has asked for cooperation from 68,757 factories nationwide to reduce their production capacity temporarily in order to tackle the ultra-fine dust causing widespread air pollution.


EU Withdraws its Toxic Recycling Exemption

IPEN and Arnika Press Release | 22 January 2020

Environmental Health Groups Celebrate the End to EU Allowance for Banned Flame Retardant Chemicals to Enter Recycling Streams & New Products


Activists decry plastic ban loopholes

Bangkok Post 21 January 2020 | William Hicks

Increase in waste imports from China may mean no net decrease from government plan

The recent ban on single-use plastic bags at major retailers created a stir for consumers and businesses, with social media abuzz with workarounds such as shoppers using wheelbarrows and stockings to carry off their 7-Eleven hauls. But is this step enough to reduce Thailand's massive plastic waste epidemic?