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Besides being among the world’s happiest nations, Finland and Denmark have another thing in common: They are both equally ambitious to become the world’s first carbon-free country.
Finland’s left-leaning coalition government, which came to power in the elections in April this year, has embarked on a daring plan to make the country carbon neutral by 2035. And its ultimate aim is to make Finland the first fossil fuel-free country.
While the plan definitely sounds ambitious, a quick look at what the country has accomplished so far in dealing with climate change should remove any doubts about how achievable it is.
Briefing a group of Thai journalists visiting Helsinki recently, Pekka Gronlund, deputy director general at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, pointed out that currently 38 per cent of the country’s energy consumption is from renewable energy sources, mainly wood.
And by 2030, the country will see a 50 per cent reduction in the use of fossil fuel with coal being totally done away with.
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Bangkok has added its 2019 award as the world's top destination to a list of prizes it has won over the past decade, but the latest success comes with one question.
Will it retain the crown in years to come?
While Bangkok has traditionally been famous for its exotic street food and low cost of living, the City of Angels has now also become infamous for a range of problems from overcrowding at airports to car emissions, noise pollution and tricks by some locals to take advantage of tourists.
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According to the published on khaosod, Marine officials are hopeful Friday that efforts to reduce plastic use on the tourist islands of Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao will be enough to nab a nearby national park a place on an international heritage list.
Mu Koh Ang Thong National Park, a national park comprising 42 islands, is Thailand’s contender for the ASEAN Heritage Site list this year, officials said Friday.
“There is a high possibility that the Mu Koh Ang Thong National Park will become an ASEAN Heritage site this November due to its biodiversity and conservation efforts,” Piya Noonil, park director said Friday. “Our rangers are working hard both on land and by sea.”
Wichai Somroop, director of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources in Surat Thani and Chumphon, told the press that the department has made efforts to get tourists in the park to steer clear of coral reefs.