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    Keep a lid on Songkran

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/04/2017

    » The Songkran Festival officially begins today. Unlike previous years, the water splashing activities especially in Bangkok will take place in regulated calmness thanks to a series of state orders that are driven by the need to promote road safety and curb traffic-related fatalities.

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    Biodiversity gains await

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/07/2015

    » Thailand's rich biodiversity has been largely untapped. To blame is a consistent lack of policy support for research and development into Thai plants and herbs for their medicinal values. Such R&D could yield huge economic benefits for the country. 

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    Closing the barn door

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/12/2017

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has innocently given away the never-stated reason why the government never has got on top of flood control and water management. He visited Trang late last week after the worst floods in the main town's recent history. In addition to the usual sympathy and government-sponsored aid to the hardest-hit victims, he surveyed some of the damage. That was when he remarked that he would order the dredging of the Trang River as an urgent project.

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    Adieu to an army cabinet

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 04/11/2017

    » Exactly three years, five months and 11 days after the coup on May 22, 2014, the military government under Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha seems to be getting on the right track in looking at the possibility of lowering the number of ex-military personnel in the cabinet, made possible following the sudden resignation of the labour minister this week.

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    US climate U-turn sets bad example

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/06/2017

    » US President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate accord last week deserves condemnation from all corners of the globe. His announcement comes less than 18 months after the climate pact was adopted, the result of a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington under Barack Obama's leadership. In making such a drastic decision, the US leader might have wanted to see the collapse of the landmark treaty.

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    Standing firm against China

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/01/2017

    » Environmentalists and locals in the Mekong provinces have every right to be concerned over the navigational plan for the Mekong River, being pushed by China, which wants to use the river to ship goods from Yunnan to Luang Prabang in Laos.

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    Climate progress faces dire threat

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/11/2016

    » Those not paying attention to the international climate-change talks happening in Morocco last week should have been. First, some sobering scientific facts. The Earth is on track for its third successive year of highest-ever average surface temperatures since records began in 1880. The first 10 months of the year have been the hottest in modern times. The average temperature for the year was set to reach 1.2C over pre-Industrial Revolution levels -- meaning that 16 of the 17 hottest years on record were this century.

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    A flood of investigations

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/09/2016

    » The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) move to investigate the so-called "great flood" of 2011 has prompted strong criticism from former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra who ran the country during the crisis.

  • News & article

    Songkran wake-up call

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/04/2016

    » With the mercury nearing 44C in various parts of the country, this year's Songkran is not only one of the hottest in decades, but also the driest. But things can only get worse if the country continues to treat Mother Nature like dirt.

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    Please splash responsibly

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/04/2016

    » Today is the beginning of another holiday and long weekend. The three-day Songkran holiday fortuitously falls just ahead of the weekend, giving many workers a five-day break. Then there are those who decided to take Monday and yesterday off, effectively tripling Songkran. It's a holiday that most people anticipate for the extended respite from work and the joy of celebrating, including the splashing.

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