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    Happy hippos in 'heaven'

    News, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 18/05/2019

    » When the curtain fell on Dusit Zoo last year, many questioned where the menagerie of wild and exotic animals at Thailand's oldest and most popular zoo would be sent.

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    Preservation of Bangkok's 'big trees' takes centre-stage

    News, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 23/12/2018

    » Koh Loy, a small water park, is known as a quiet oasis within Lumpini Park. However, the space recently became crowded with tree climbers who used slings to hover and gyrate in the air.

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    Cash-spinner or death trap?

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 22/07/2018

    » The dark, unpleasant smell and twisted passages inside a typical cave might not look too alluring, and the Department of Mineral Resources might even agree with you, given the paucity of cave experts on staff.

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    Fighting for a way of life

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 24/06/2018

    » The Supreme Administrative Court's ruling ordering the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to pay 300,000 baht in compensation to six Karen people living in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi province is a mixed victory for the minority group in its lengthy struggle with parks officials for the right to occupy forest land.

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    Plastic waste fight steps up

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 10/06/2018

    » 'Beat Plastic Pollution", a campaign kicked off by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to mark World Environment Day on June 5, brought into focus the global community's efforts to deal with single-use plastic bags that are now posing a threat to the environment, especially the sensitive marine ecological system.

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    An unloved conservation cause

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 29/04/2018

    » The threat posed to the world's declining shark population is underlined by the startling figure that 73 million sharks are killed each year for fin shark soup, according to the US-based international agency against then illegal wildlife trade, WildAid.

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    Shoring up defences

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 10/12/2017

    » The village of Ban Khun Samut Chin has long looked uncertainly towards its future. Based in Samut Prakan's Phra Samut Chedi district, the community is located along the Gulf of Thailand's vulnerable coast. For nearly three decades now, the village has seen its shoreline eroded at the rate of three to five metres every year, submerging 4,000 rai of land in water.

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    Law wades into choppy waters

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 08/10/2017

    » The proposal of a fee for the use of water from rivers, lakes and other natural water resources for the agricultural sector is unlikely to be implemented easily as it is an alien concept to Thai culture. The lives of Thai farmers are inextricably connected with rivers and they see no justification for why they should have to pay for something that is a natural part of their life and an essential part of their culture.

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    Staying afloat

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 13/08/2017

    » An unusual rainfall pattern that hit the Isan region late last month caused severe damage in many provinces, especially Sakon Nakhon province, where 426,037 people are suffering from heavy flooding with an estimated economic loss of billions of baht.

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    Development project rows may escalate

    News, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 01/01/2017

    » Over the past year, numerous development projects and policies have ended up in conflict between government agencies and local residents. Some of them were put on hold and others are ongoing. For 2017, a number of conflicts have the potential to erupt or at least see an escalation. These include

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