The lawsuit against Asia’s largest sugar producer, filed on behalf of about 3,000 people, is the first class-action lawsuit filed in a Thai court by plaintiffs from another country against a Thai company operating outside Thailand.
Main minerals explored are gold, copper, potassium, silver, lignite, metal and lime. The government has given approval for 281 companies to invest in mining – 110 firms are investing in exploration, 171 in production.
The population of Isan has an average debt of about nine months of earnings, or 75% of annual income.
Analysts paint a straightforward picture explaining why a planned 32 GW new coal pipeline should be shelved.
Chinese energy companies are looking overseas for profits, bringing promises to poorer countries of BRI funding for coal-fired power plants. These countries could account for some 50 per cent of global emissions by 2050.
The combination of threats, particularly flooding, worsening pollution, and competition among sectors for water in the dry season, could cut GDP by about 6 percent annually by 2035.