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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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    Dam study must be transparent

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/02/2019

    » After a short confrontation with conservationists and local southerners late last month over the controversial Wang Heeb dam project in Nakhon Si Thammarat, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government has agreed to step back, albeit temporarily.

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    Time to take climate action

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/12/2018

    » The 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN climate change framework (COP24) has ended. With a certain direct sense of irony, it was held in Katowice, Poland, the centre of coal production in eastern Europe. The achievements of the two weeks of meetings, extended past its deadline as usual, are still being assessed. Many key decisions were put off for yet another huge COP, already scheduled to begin in 11 months.

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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.

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