As a city on the front line of climate change, Bangkok should take advantage of policy windows opened by short-term crises to spur long-term investments into sustainable electricity and resilient transportation systems.
Action against monoculture corn cultivation both inside Thailand and in neighbouring countries is urgent, or the transboundary haze problem will never be solved.
Thailand & Vietnam are ranked last.
The idea has sparked a debate about pollution, traffic jams, urban planning, and the fairest way to get people where they need to go as the Vietnamese economy rapidly grows, industrializes, and urbanizes.
“There is no comprehensive discussion over the compensation with the affected community. Only the company and government are involved.”
Localities in the Mekong delta that is predicted to be hardest hit by climate change have shifted 40,000 ha of farming land to aquaculture and growing fruit trees as part of efforts to make climate-smart agriculture.
The World Bank funded plan will set out development orientations and spatial planning across different disciplines in the Mekong Delta to 2030.
Observers expressed concern that the reduced water flow from the Chinese dam will increase the Mekong’s temperature in Kratie province, possibly resulting in the death of some species of fish.