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Why Thailand’s beaches are being replaced with concrete

Thailand’s shores are increasingly fortified with seawalls, a move officials claim is essential for erosion control. But environmental groups challenge the necessity of such drastic measures.
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© Luke Duggleby/HaRDstories
In Thailand, the pursuit of electric vehicle battery production is breathing new life into potash mining, but rural communities are resisting, alarmed by the possible environmental fallout.
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© Luke Duggleby/HaRDstories
In a former communist stronghold along the Thai-Lao border, indigenous communities are picking a new battle. Armed with litmus paper and test tubes, they are fighting the transboundary pollution allegedly caused by the region's largest coal power plant.
Tensions have resurged in southern Thailand over a proposed two-billion-baht dam project that communities fear would uproot their lives and inundate a pristine watershed forest.  
Piya Thedyam leads the charge for Thai fishing communities, safeguarding the ocean from illicit fishing in a nation where written laws are no match for the problem.
Thailand's Criminal Court examines the alleged murder of indigenous activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, whose remains were discovered in an oil barrel, as his family seeks justice for the long-unresolved case.
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As Thailand’s largest gold mine reopens, affected locals await justice in this year’s class action lawsuit.

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A Thai court has ruled that a local provision allowing for the construction of a waste-to-energy plant near a Saraburi community does not violate the law, despite concerns from local residents.
As the Mekong River struggles with the devastating effects of upstream hydropower dams, river communities and scholars are leading a movement to shift our relationship with nature.
After three decades of conflict and four killings in the struggle to stop a stone mining company from excavating a local mountain, the Supreme Administrative Court ruled in favour of the Khao Lao Yai - Pha Chan Dai Community Forest Conservation Group.
On 13 January 2023, the Pollution-Free EARTH, a pollution watchdog group in Thailand, reported on the first public hearing for a newly proposed waste-to-energy plant near a Muslim community in Tha Bun Mi, Koh Chan district, Chonburi...
SURAT THANI - According to a report by the Southern Peasants' Federation of Thailand (SPFT), government officials have been trying to intimidate a community of landless farmers in Surat Thani province several times over the past year.
Today, the Rayong Provincial Court ruled that residents of Nong Pawa, a small rural village several hours east of Bangkok, receive substantial compensation for the impacts caused by hazardous chemicals which leaked from a nearby recycling company...

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