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  • 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

    Govt must act fast to stem scourge of climate change

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 20/11/2015

    » Netizens were up in arms earlier this week when news surfaced that the government was on the verge of spending 20 million baht to send 81 officials to the upcoming global climate change conference in Paris. Insider information exposed the budget request to dispatch the throng of officials to the event to an outraged public.

  • OPINION

    Thailand faces climate change test at G77

    News, Published on 30/09/2015

    » Thailand's winning of the G77 leadership comes at a time when the group's mission is to save the planet, both by promoting the new UN Sustainable Development Goals and by reducing carbon dioxide pollution via the upcoming 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. There is only one way to do this: addressing the colonial legacy which has benefited those who industrialised first.

  • OPINION

    Failed states and the climate change factor

    News, Jack Goldstone, Published on 02/12/2015

    » As world leaders gather in Paris this week to address climate change, they will labour under the shadow of recent attacks by the Islamic State (IS). Yet as they think about climate issues, they should remember that the connection between climate change and the IS -- and more broadly, between climate change and political instability -- is not just a coincidence. It may instead be the key reality of the 21st century.

  • OPINION

    Asia's hunger for meat sparks worries over climate change

    News, Dessy Sagita, Published on 18/11/2015

    » Climate change is the last thing on Maya Puspita Sari's mind as she tucks into a steak and splurges on ice cream, products that were once a luxury but are now a growing staple in the diets of millions of Indonesians.

  • OPINION

    Helping our farmers battle climate change hazards

    News, Kannika Thampanishvong, Published on 14/10/2015

    » Thailand has been suffering its worst drought in a decade. Thai farmers have battled for much of the year against a water shortage that has dehydrated staple crops and halted planting. One cannot deny that the terrible state of affairs is climate change-related.

  • OPINION

    Bringing climate change policy into the 21st century

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/08/2015

    » Paris will heat up in the winter month of December when delegates from 190 nations gather for a key climate change meeting, better known as Cop 21 (abbreviation of the 21st yearly session of the Conference of Parties).

  • OPINION

    Pope's messy climate change view

    News, Cass Sunstein, Published on 23/09/2015

    » This week, Pope Francis is expected to implore both the US Congress and the UN General Assembly to take aggressive steps to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. His thinking on this issue is not simple alarm over climate change. It involves an extraordinary combination of passionate environmentalism, concern for the poor, scepticism about economics and apparent hostility to "profits". All this makes for an impressive but occasionally awkward argument. 

  • OPINION

    Private sector belongs at table in climate change talks

    News, Published on 30/12/2014

    » In her recent article, "Time to take the power away from the polluters," Dorothy Grace Guerrero argues that the private sector should not be involved in international climate change decision-making. This would be wrong.

  • OPINION

    International finance vital in climate change fight

    News, Published on 29/11/2014

    » A vital round of United Nations climate change negotiations will get under way in Lima, Peru, from Monday to Dec 12. This will mark a significant milestone for the crucial Paris Summit on climate change that is a year away. The summit will determine if a new global deal on climate is possible. As government negotiators return to the annual climate negotiations, they take with them exciting new developments in climate finance and planning from Asia and the Pacific.

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