EARTH Thailand


Four Thai organisations received funding to fight back against pollution

Press Release 25 February 2020

BANGKOK/PRAGUE - Four environmental justice groups based in Thailand received funds to help them fight pollution in their local areas. This is a part of the subgrants programme of environmental organisations Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand and Arnika, based in Czechia, and funded by the European Union. Sub-grants will support projects dealing with water and soil contamination, public health impact, wrongdoing by industrial polluters and protection of local water sources. The total amount of subgrant funding will be 22,500 EUR.


Pollution taints seaside community's prosperity

Bangkok Post 09 February 2020 | Anchalee Kongrut

Samut Sakhon is seen by some as a success story but the riches have come at a toxic price.

Bangkok's seaside neighbour Samut Sakhon is known for many things -- as a fishing hub, a thriving seafood market, and also as the largest location of Myanmar's migrant community in Thailand.


Plants urged to cut output, clear dust

Bangkok Post 23 January 2020 | Lamonphet Apisitniran and Yuthana Praiwan

The Industry Ministry has asked for cooperation from 68,757 factories nationwide to reduce their production capacity temporarily in order to tackle the ultra-fine dust causing widespread air pollution.


EU Withdraws its Toxic Recycling Exemption

IPEN and Arnika Press Release | 22 January 2020

Environmental Health Groups Celebrate the End to EU Allowance for Banned Flame Retardant Chemicals to Enter Recycling Streams & New Products


Activists decry plastic ban loopholes

Bangkok Post 21 January 2020 | William Hicks

Increase in waste imports from China may mean no net decrease from government plan

The recent ban on single-use plastic bags at major retailers created a stir for consumers and businesses, with social media abuzz with workarounds such as shoppers using wheelbarrows and stockings to carry off their 7-Eleven hauls. But is this step enough to reduce Thailand's massive plastic waste epidemic?


Water wars looming: Shortage puts EEC projects under threat

Bangkok Post 16 January 2020 | Apinya Wipatayotin and Anchalee Kongrut

The sustainability of the government's flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) plan is at risk of being stymied by drought and water conflicts, water experts warn.

Signs of looming water wars between residents along the corridor and industrial projects have already appeared.


Waste imports are flooding Asian countries like Thailand

Sustainability Times 14 January 2020 | Darunee Sukanan

Thailand is one of the world’s worst plastic polluters, but local businesses are taking steps to change that. Numerous retailers, including convenience stores, have stopped giving out single-use plastic bags to customers this year.


Samsung Board Chairman Jailed on Union Sabotage Charge

Bloomberg 17 December 2019 | Sohee Kim and Stephen Stapczynski

Samsung Electronics Co. Board Chairman Lee Sang-hoon was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Tuesday after being found guilty of obstructing the formation of the company’s labor union, according to the Seoul Central District Court.


The Price of Recycling Old Laptops: Toxic Fumes in Thailand’s Lungs

The New York Times 08 December 2019 | By Hannah Beech and Ryn Jirenuwat

The e-waste industry is booming in Southeast Asia, frightening residents worried for their health. Despite a ban on imports, Thailand is a center of the business.

KOH KHANUN, Thailand — Crouched on the ground in a dimly lit factory, the women picked through the discarded innards of the modern world: batteries, circuit boards and bundles of wires.


Long Awaited Global Ban on Exporting Hazardous Waste to Developing Countries Becomes Law Today

Electronics and Shipping Industry Called "Shameful" in Seeking Exemptions

PRESS RELEASE: Seattle, WA, USA. 5 December 2019. The Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous and Their Disposal in 1995,