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MINAMATA REVISITED

FRANCE24 22 October 2021

60 years before Fukushima, Japan was hit by an ecological disaster in the port city of Minamata. Forgotten by some, its memory is preserved by the illness that bears its name: Minamata disease, or severe mercury poisoning. Now, a new film about one of the worst cases of industrial poisoning in modern times is about to be screened in Minamata for the first time.

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WORKSHOP: “Use and Engagement of Legal Knowledge for the Protection of Health and Environment”

The Ecological Alert and Recovery - Thailand (EARTH) and the Pro bono Lawyers Network of Thailand (PLNT) will hold the second of a series of workshops under the topic “Use and Engagement of Legal Knowledge for the Protection of Health and Environment”

Date: Saturday 30 October 2021

Time: 09:30 am -12:30 pm

Location: The Princess Beach Hotel, Kram subdistrict, Klaeng district, Rayong Province

Speakers

• Mr. Chamnan Sirirak, environmental lawyer and legal experts

• Mr. Narit Sornsriwiwat, environmental lawyers

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Local found water in a public waterway highly acidic

EARTH REPORT 19 October 2021

CHACHOENGSAO, THAILAND – The Phanom Conservatory Citizen Network informed the Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) that after heavy rain on the 18 October, water level in the Nam Choan Basin 16 or “Grandma Jaew” Basin had overflowed the spillway. The citizen network conducted preliminary environmental monitoring and found pH level of water in spillway at 3.48, and the pH level of water 1 km away from spillway is 3.60.

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Villager's VDO Shows Factory Operating Without Permit

EARTH REPORT 16 October 2021

Citizen of Klangdong subdistrict, Thailand, caught a factory conducting activities, while without permit. A video clip sent by a citizen of Klangdong subdistrict, Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchsima Province, Thailand, captured moments when a factory owned by Aek Uthai company conducted activities without permits. The clip showed mysterious smoke coming out of the factory compound. Municipal authority is investigating the matter.

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Officials Urged to Reject Factory Pertmit

EARTH REPORT 14 October 2021

CHACHOENGSAO, THAILAND – Locals of Tha Than subdistrict crashed a municipal authority’s meeting and convinced government officials to deny permit to a recycling factory. Following a polluting recycling company’s request for new permit, locals of Tha Than under the name “Tha Than-Ban Song Group” demanded to attend a meeting where the matter was being discussed. The factory, established in 2018 by a company called Banana Disposal, has been causing water pollution and foul smell in the Tha Than subdistrict. Locals have demanded government agencies to take actions for years, but to no avail. 

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Time to ratify Basel ban on toxic waste

Bangkok Post 11 October 2021 | PENCHOM SAETANG & PUNYATHORN JEUNGSMARN

Thailand has been allowed to become a new global dumping ground and without public policy to counter it, the situation will only get worse. Ratifying the amendment will be a first big step to a more systematic approach to waste management and recycling in the country. Ratification of the amendment could lay the groundwork for the government to realise its oft-repeated dream of an effective circular economy that underpins a sustainable future.

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What a waste

Bangkok Post 11 October 2021 | APIRADEE TREERUTKUARKUL

Southeast Asian countries have become new landfill sites for the management -- and mismanagement -- of waste from North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea ever since China imposed a total ban three years ago on trash imports from rich developed nations. As foreign investment in waste management expands in the region, local communities have voiced their mounting concerns over toxic contamination and its impact on their health and the environment.

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Workshop: “Use and Engagement of Legal Knowledge for the Protection of Health and Environment”

EARTH REPORT 09 October 2021

Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) and the Pro Bono Lawyer Network of Thailand (PLNT) held the first of four workshops to be conducted in 2021 under the topic “Use and Engagement of Legal Knowledge for the Protection of Health and Environment”. 

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Access to a healthy environment, declared a human right by UN rights council

UN News 08 October 2021

The Human Rights Council recognised this Friday, for the first time, that having a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right. 

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The Waste Trade: How Southeast Asia Become a Global Dumpyard

ONLINE PANEL DISCUSSION 26 September 2021

In 2018, Southeast Asia became the world’s top destinations for waste exports after China’s waste import bans, leading to a sharp rise in illegal recycling facilities as well as illegal dumpsites, causing land, water and air pollution that has affected several communities across the region. Allegations of malfeasance, misconduct, and corruption abound.

Panelists:

• Daru Setyorini, Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation (ECOTON), Indonesia

• Pua Lay Peng, Kuala Langal Environmental Action Organization (PTASKL), Malaysia

• Akarapon Teebthaisong, Ecological Alert and Recovery - Thailand (EARTH)

Moderated by Wong Pui Yi, The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center), Malaysia

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