“The atmosphere at the island’s Ta Waen Beach resembles that of a disaster refugee camp.” An environmental health expert is calling for the number of visitors to Koh Lan in Chon Buri to be cut to less than 5,000 a day to tackle the overwhelming garbage problem. Ko Lan is 10 kilometres off the coast of Pattaya. Sonthi Kotchawat, in his Facebook post, also says that tour operators should transport their customers’ garbage back to the mainland. As well, Sonthi said the island authority should strictly impose a regulation against littering on the beach and a limit should be imposed on the number of restaurants, resorts and accommodations. “The atmosphere at the island’s Ta Waen Beach resembles that of a disaster refugee camp. Large umbrellas mushroom all over the beach.” Koh Lan has about 4.7 square kilometres of space and a population of 4,000. The population doubles, however, when combined with the number of unregistered residents, including tourists. There are some 1,500 … [Read more...] about Koh Lan stinks! Environmentalist calls for limit on tourism.
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Residents of Maharshi Nagar take umbrage at the civic body creating a selfie point showcasing a large drain with garbage strewn around it; administration argues that this has been created to prevent locals from throwing refuse into the open space Fired up by the effective marketing tool presented by the present-day passion for selfies, in promoting the city as a tourist destination, Pune Municipal Corporation ( PMC ) was quick to dot various iconic places in its jurisdiction with ‘selfie points’. Only, residents of Maharshi Nagar and Bibwewadi are foxed by what is being showcased at the selfie point created on a bridge in their area. Built on a nullah , the bridge provides the unsightly backdrop of a filth laden waterbody, a public toilet and debris dumped all around. Yet, PMC has spent Rs 10 lakh on developing the spot as a selfie point. A neon-lit sign gleefully reads ‘Mee Punekar’ and is crowned by a carving of the celebrated ‘Puneri pagdi’. Unlike the residents who … [Read more...] about Take A Selfie With A Filthy Nullah!
PHUKET: Villagers in Koh Lanta, east of Phuket, have appealed to the Krabi Press Club to help resolve health problems caused by the recent burning of rubbish at a landfill which they say local authorities have ignored. “We have asked the OrBorTor Saladan [in Koh Lanta] to solve the problem, but nothing has been done,” said Phakob Solaem, a local laundry shop owner. Smoke from burning garbage is causing respiratory problems, residents say, and the noxious smell from the dump permeates houses. Waste dropped on the road leading to the dump also creates a driving hazard. “More than 100 households, including tourist bungalows and restaurants, are affected,” Mr Phakob explained. The Krabi Press Club visited the two rai dump and met with some of the villagers on March 7. “Smoke from garbage burning at the landfill affects people up to two kilometers away. Many people are sick because of it, especially children aged 3 to 5 years old,” Hod Wahab, a 52-year-old villager, said. “I … [Read more...] about Koh Lanta villagers seek media help to end dumping ‘health issue’
US Ambassador to Thailand, Glyn Davies Phuket’s biggest beach clean up is on this weekend with hotels around the island hosting many of the beach cleaning efforts along with locals and expats. You’re invited. Keep Phuket Clean “ภูเก็ตสวยด้วยมือและใจเรา” has been initiated by the Phuket Hotels Association’s Environmental & Sustainability Working Group members and supported by Phuket’s Governor and TAT Phuket: Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office. Hotel members are championing a beach each and will sponsor cleaning supplies and some light refreshments on the day. The commemoration of t his event will take place on Karon Beach at 9am with the opening by the Phuket Governor Plodthong and President of the Phuket Hotels Association, Anthony Lark. Every year thousands of tons of garbage winds up in the oceans, with 60% of that being composed of plastic material. Plastics, especially, last a very long time in the ocean, and are in such abundance that there are 46,000 … [Read more...] about US Ambassador Glyn Davies gives his support for this weekend’s beach clean
Gerson handed the border officer his Honduran passport and placed his fingertips on a small scanner. This was the last hurdle before his family could escape the kidnapping, threats, and extortion they had endured in Mexico while trying to gain asylum in the US. Now, he and hundreds of other asylum-seekers who spent months holding onto a sliver of hope while being forced by the Trump administration to wait in Mexico are entering the US. "I doubted my faith," the 35-year-old told BuzzFeed News. "I felt like I was going to have a heart attack." Gerson, his wife, and two sons are among some of the first people to be removed from the Migrant Protection Protocols, a Trump-era policy that forced more than 71,000 immigrants and asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while a US immigration judge adjudicated their cases. For months and sometimes years, immigrants waited in some of the most dangerous border cities, where they were frequently targeted by cartels and the Mexican authorities meant … [Read more...] about Asylum-Seekers Trump Forced To Wait In Mexico Are Now Arriving In The US: “When The Bus Took Off, We All Cheered”