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  • WORLD

    Amazon fires a 'lie' says Brazil's Bolsonaro

    AFP, Published on 12/08/2020

    » RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said it is a "lie" that fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest, despite data from his own government showing the number of blazes is rising.

  • OPINION

    The struggle for the soul of the Mekong River

    Oped, Published on 31/07/2020

    » In June of this year, the FAO's annual State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report ranked the Mekong Basin as the world's most productive freshwater fishery, accounting for over 15% of global annual freshwater fish catch. Meanwhile, WWF Researchers estimate that the contribution actually accounts for a quarter of the world's freshwater catch. This massive inland fishery is critical to the food security of tens of millions living in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, and is fuelled by the Mekong River's natural flow cycle. Typically, the Mekong transitions like clockwork around this time of year from the dry season period of relatively low flow to an extreme wet season pulse bringing floodwaters that nourish the entirety of the basin.

  • WORLD

    Pandemic purgatory: Irish priest in holy island virus vigil

    AFP, Published on 30/07/2020

    » PETTIGOE (IRELAND) - As people in Ireland endured months of coronavirus lockdown limbo, priest Laurence Flynn experienced his own private purgatory, keeping solitary vigil on a hallowed island usually crowded with pilgrims.

  • TRAVEL

    Where the lotus blossoms

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 30/07/2020

    » At the front end of a long wooden boat, I stood up to appreciate the full view of the natural world around me. There weren't as many lotus blossoms to be seen as in my previous visits years ago but the peaceful marshland was still full of life. A variety of plants and animals were still celebrating the life-giving rain that had stopped just a few minutes ago. It's hard to believe that in 2016 this very place became so dry that you could see the cracked soil surface. I hope that will never happen again.

  • THAILAND

    When in drought, bank on water

    News, Onnucha Hutasingh, Published on 29/07/2020

    » Yotsaphon Bunsinprasit, a 29-year-old man from Kamphaeng Phet's Lan Krabue district, became a full-time farmer two years ago when he took over a 16-rai plot of farmland inherited from his parents.

  • LIFE

    A new leaf

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 29/07/2020

    » Spending months in lockdown at home has seen a rise in people's desire to brighten their living spaces with indoor plants, the latest fad in home decoration. With their heralded properties including air purification, increased oxygen levels and catching fine dust, these greens are a perfect addition to any home. Their beautiful leaves are also must-have items for Instagrammers.

  • TRAVEL

    Rediscovering Thailand

    Guru, Kankanok Wichiantanon, Published on 24/07/2020

    » With international flights still banned and travel bubble arrangements likely to be delayed, many local tour operators have reimagined tour experiences that they provide, with the local traveller in mind. They aim to offer new perspectives of places that locals might already know of. There are also several tour operators who have always been offering exciting travel packages targeted at locals who wish to explore Thailand's great outdoors. Here are a few examples of tour operators who seek to bring locals to places, which might have been marketed mainly to tourists in the past, to see them with new eyes.

  • THAILAND

    PWA builds reservoir to keep raw water

    Published on 22/07/2020

    » The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has implemented an urgent project to store raw water in the 2020 rainy season by digging up and expanding three reservoirs in Rayong and Khon Kaen with a budget of over 18 million baht approved by the cabinet on March 17, 2020. The project is now completed.

  • THAILAND

    Water reserves at 4 dams fall to 'critical'

    News, Published on 21/07/2020

    » Authorities might not be able to supply water to farmers in the Central Plains again next year, as water levels at four major dams in the region have dropped to critical levels, the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) said on Monday.

  • THAILAND

    Drought leaves province 'dangerously low' on water

    News, Published on 16/07/2020

    » The effects of drought are expected to severely hit parts of Prachaup Khiri Khan after the water at the major Pran Buri reservoir in the province recently dropped to a dangerously low level.

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