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  • OPINION

    Rallies are about seeking equality

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/12/2018

    » The "yellow vests" protest phenomenon which gripped France over the past few weeks may make some policymakers engaged in a fight against global warming think about a policy U-turn. It should not be so.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Climate change: we need to do more

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/12/2015

    » Prayut Chan-o-cha’s trip to Paris last week had a certain elegance that has rarely been seen since he seized power, at least in terms of public relations. He was on message, was pictured seemingly statesmanlike laying flowers in tribute to the victims of last month’s terrorist attacks, and avoided making any embarrassing blunders. At the main event, the UN’s climate change conference, he delivered Thailand’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 20% and 25% by 2030, which received positive coverage at home and was even welcomed in some quarters as ambitious.

  • OPINION

    Students help to cut plastics

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/03/2019

    » Last Friday was something of a truancy day for students in 100 countries. A movement that started in Sweden with schoolgirl Greta Thunberg convinced thousands to abandon classrooms -- often with teachers' support -- and protest against their government's climate change programmes. Only a few schools chose to put a positive programme above outrage -- one of which was located in Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Meeting our climate goals

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/12/2015

    » The climate change conference that just ended in France was a success. Nearly 200 countries have agreed on procedures that aim to keep a mean temperature within 1.5 degrees Celsius of that which existed before the industrial era. This is an ambitious goal that will require inventive means and, probably, sacrifices. A celebration took place at the start of the week, but the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris was not an end in itself.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Green city sets example

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/09/2018

    » A very small northeastern town of roughly 22,000 people, Muang Yasothon has proved it can set an example for other bigger cities across Thailand, including Bangkok, to follow.

  • OPINION

    Laos dam disaster a warning for Thailand

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/08/2018

    » The breach of Xe Pian Xe Namnoy dam in southern Laos that killed dozens of villagers, with several still missing, should be a wake-up call for Thai authorities who this week issued disaster warnings while rolling up their sleeves for possible incidents.

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