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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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    Culture caravan brings Thai heritage to light

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 17/06/2018

    » The month-long journey of the Thai cultural caravan across Europe has come to its final stop. Its mission, aptly named "Thailand at the forefront", is part of the country's efforts to promote its culture abroad through performances such as the masked art of the khon dance.

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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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    All that glisters is not gold

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 01/04/2018

    » More than a year after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) used Section 44 -- the special executive order in the interim charter -- to close Chatree gold mine in the Central Plains region at the beginning of January 2017, conflicts centred on pollution and disputes between the state and the gold mining company are far from over.

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    Report unfair and biased, claims Akara Resources

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 01/04/2018

    » Cherdsak Uthai-aroon, general manager-external affairs of Akara Resources Pcl, claims the company has been blamed unfairly.

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    Sanctuaries answer the call of the wild

    Spectrum, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 04/02/2018

    » The golden-tinged sunlight was dimming. A group of 50 hog deer sauntered around a wide field, pausing to eat shoots of grass. Forest officials had recently burned the field, making way for new grass which will provide a source of food for the population of over 200 hog deer living in Phu Khiao-Thung Ka Mang Wildlife Sanctuary in Chaiyaphum province.

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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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