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On climate change, Thailand is not cutting it

Here we go again. Thursday it was India that joined the ranks of developing economies to announce significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in advance of the United Nations climate change discussions that begin in Copenhagen today.

So where is Thailand? When are we going to demonstrate any seriousness about our role in reducing emissions? After all, scientists warn that we're poised to receive a disproportionate share of the impact of global climate change. Our shores and coastal communities will be significantly impacted if the world as a whole does not start embarking on a major CO2 diet. Bangkok in particular will face major problems from flooding and sea level rise but, so far, hardly a word from our nation's leaders who reside here.

Bangkokians emit CO2 as much as New Yorkers

Bangkok residents produced as much carbon dioxide (CO2) as New Yorkers and surpassed Londoners in their emissions. Both Bangkok and New York emitted 7.1 tons per capita in 2007. Bangkok's emissions were higher than that of London's residents, at 5.9 tons per capita, according to the Bangkok Assessment Report on Climate Change 2009, released today.

In 2005, Bangkok's total emissions of 43m tons almost equaled London and surpassed Toronto (44m tons and 24m tons, respectively). As rising greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), such as carbon dioxide (CO2), are primary contributors of warming temperatures, the likely consequences on the city, already prone to flooding and land subsistence, will be severe. Bangkok and its suburbs are already experiencing more severe and frequent flooding and more days with temperatures beyond 35 ํC.

Incentives for switching over to E85 fall short of the mark

Last week quite a bit of criticism fell on a government plan to accelerate the introduction of 85-per-cent ethanol fuel to petrol stations countrywide.

Leading auto-makers were frustrated, saying the tax incentives offered were much too weak to encourage them to ramp up production of cars that can run on E85.

Without such cars, where would the ethanol-fuel demand come from?

It is the unwillingness of the government to address the lack of demand for ethanol that would impede a shift by consumers to embrace it, said critics

E85 push could sink eco-cars, Carmakers would face huge expenses

Bangkok Post

YUTHANA PRAIWAN, CHATRUDEE THEPARAT & ALFRED THA HLA

The government's new push for E85 fuel could cause the much-promoted eco-car programme to collapse, local automakers have warned.

Cabinet ministers yesterday approved a broad plan aimed at helping the country reduce energy consumption even as oil and pump prices continue to set records each week.

Thai Airways--Think Green to Help the Earth

Forimmediaterelaese.com, 16 May 2008

Thai Airways has initiated projects to support and create increased awareness amongst the company's employees in the areas of environmental awareness and climate change.

Policies and politics of ethanol

UPI Asia Online, 9 May 2008

By, Frank G. Anderson

Thailand — Recently the owner of a 2000 Mercedes Benz C240 pulled into a local repair center in Thailand complaining of a non-working gas gauge. When the mechanic looked it over, he said, "Have you filled the tank with ethanol-based gasoline? That can damage the sensors." Fortunately, US$700 in potential repairs was avoided by a simple cleaning. Lesson: don't use ethanol.

Asia tourism, airlines 'complacent' on climate change

AFP, 30 April 200

BANGKOK (AFP) — Asian airlines and tourist firms are too complacent about the urgent need to address global warming, industry leaders warned at a conference on climate change.

Westerners rather than Asians dominated the first Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) conference on climate change, held in the Thai capital, organisers said.

Tourism Industry talks Climate Change in Bangkok

Global tourism struggles to shrink environmental footprint

Associated Press, 30 April 2008

By DENIS D. GRAY

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Citing green hotels, coconut oil fuel for airlines and even recyclable golf tees, executives in one of the world's largest industries say they are urgently trying to shrink tourism's oversized environmental footprint.

Thailand and the profit and loss on global warming

For Thailand at present, global warming seems a godsend. Rice prices are booming on a scale nobody ever dreamed of. Maize, sugar, and cassava, which grow well in the country's poorer areas, are in huge demand as are fuel crop