The Guardian 09 March 2018 | Jonathan Watts
Formal recognition would help protect those who increasingly risk their lives to defend the land, water, forests and wildlife, says the UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment
It is time for the United Nations to formally recognise the right to a healthy environment, according to the world body’s chief investigator of murders, beatings and intimidation of environmental defenders.
The Jakarta Post 09 March 2018 | Moses Ompusunggu
JAKARTA – An Indonesian subsidiary of a Thai coal mining company operating in East Kalimantan has been fined Rp 2 billion (US$145,000) for dumping nearly 4,000 tons of hazardous coal waste on an open dump, which is considered illegal in Indonesia.
In a ruling dated Dec. 6, 2017, the Tenggarong District Court in East Kalimantan found PT Indominco Mandiri -- a subsidiary of coal producer Indo Tambangraya Megah (ITM) that is controlled by Banpu Group Thailand -- guilty of illegally dumping two types of waste, fly ash and bottom ash, which were produced at the firm's coal power plant.
The Nation 08 March 2018| WICHIT CHAITRONG, KESINEE TAENGKHIEW
Wissanu confident of winning the case after verdict Nullifies damages.
THE CENTRAL Administrative Court’s nullification of an earlier ruling in connection with the corruption-ridden Klong Dan wastewater treatment scheme has given the government the upper hand over private firms behind the project that sought massive compensation from the state, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said.
The Nation 07 March 2018 | PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
AIR POLLUTION from particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) continues to ravage the North and Northeast but no accurate measurements are available, as many provinces do not have PM2.5 monitoring stations.
As seasonal haze intensifies in the North from the accumulation of fine particulate matter in the air, a PM2.5 monitoring device in Khon Kaen yesterday indicated that air pollution was also occurring in the Northeast. However, the extent across the region is unknown as only Khon Kaen has a monitoring station.
Bangkok Post 06 March 2018
The Central Administrative Court on Tuesday revoked the arbitration order demanding the Pollution Control Department pay 6 billion baht in compensation to the builder of the Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant.
The court rejected Vichitphan Construction Co and partners' demand for compliance with the arbitration order for payment of 4.98 billion baht and US$31.03 million, plus interest.
The Nation 06 March 2018 | PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
CHIANG MAI – THE SMOG situation in the North has reached hazardous level, especially in Lampang, where the amount of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) has increased beyond 200 milligrams per cubic metre of air.
Air quality in the northern region yesterday, measured by both the Pollution Control Department (PCD) and international air quality monitoring website, aqicn.org, showed that the PM2.5 level in many provinces was rising steadily.
The Nation 02 March 2018 | PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
Tests of groundwater in Phichit area indicate toxic sulphates and heavy metals came from Akara’s tailing storage facility.
PEOPLE affected by environmental and health impacts from the Akara Resources Chatree gold mine in Phichit province yesterday urged authorities to address their problems, after an inspection by scientists of the mine’s first Tailing Storage Facility (TSF1) confirmed the leakage of toxic substances to the environment.
The Nation 01 March 2018 | PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
Akara disputes study as international arbitration proceeds, with govt accused of expropriation.
A STUDY on the first tailing storage facility (TSF1) of Akara Resources’ Chatree gold mine in Phichit confirmed that it leaked – but the committee investigating issues at the mine has decided to postpone the disclosure of the report for 10 more days.
Bangkok Post 27 February 2018 | EDITORIAL
The government has made an error with its decision to once again kick the issue of coal-fired power plants down the political road. Siri Jirapongphan, the Minister of Energy, has defused the immediate problem of high-profile protests. But getting the anti-coal demonstrators to leave the Bangkok pavement is a side issue. The government still plans to build those coal-fired pollution factories, just a little later than the regime had hoped.
The Nation 26 February 2018 | PRATCH RUJIVANAROM
ACADEMICS, LOCAL RESIDENTS EXPRESS WORRY ABOUT NEW POLLUTION SOURCES
LOCAL PEOPLE in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) provinces have been joined by academics in voicing concerns over the effects of the imminent industrial expansion on the environment and livelihoods of people.