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Ploenpote Atthakor

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Ploenpote Atthakor is editorial pages editor, Bangkok Post.

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22 Jan 2020

Blame game no solution to smog woes

Be warned, everyone. The ultra-fine PM2.5 dust will not be going away anytime soon.

22 Jan 2020 11
11 Jan 2020

No room for apathy as haze crisis returns

With levels of particulate matter measuring 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter -- PM2.5 fine dust -- surpassing 180, Bangkok was ranked as the fourth most polluted city in the world yesterday. People in the provinces -- both near and far -- have also experienced similar problems.

11 Jan 2020 26
29 Nov 2019

We will keep eating poison for a while yet

The latest resolution on the ban of the three hazardous chemicals is even more toxic than the chemicals themselves.

29 Nov 2019 34
We will keep eating poison   for a while yet
15 Nov 2019

Pareena saga a test of land reform resolve

When Deputy Agriculture Minister Thamanat Prompow defended Pareena Kraikupt -- a Palang Pracharath Party member and MP for Ratchaburi who is being grilled in a high-profile land scandal -- by suggesting that she may escape forest encroachment charges because her family "had lived on the disputed plots prior to the enactment of land reforms", I could sense his triumph, as well as relief.

15 Nov 2019 12
Pareena saga a test of land reform resolve
8 Nov 2019

Chemical ban opponents led by misinformation

By the end of today, an online "hearing" process initiated by the Department of Agriculture over whether the ban on three extremely toxic chemicals -- paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos -- should be lifted will have come to an end. The results are expected to be released shortly after the hearings are over, especially if those who vote against the ban emerge as the winners.

8 Nov 2019 23
Chemical ban opponents led by misinformation
1 Nov 2019

The casualty of regional summit is convenience

As the country prepares to kickstart the 35th Asean Summit and related meetings, Thailand is proud to announce to the world that it is ready -- at least logistically.

1 Nov 2019 2
The casualty of regional summit is convenience
16 Oct 2019

Khao Yai elephant deaths no accident

The first time I visited Haew Narok Waterfall in Khao Yai national park was in 1992. The trip was not for leisure, but to cover the deaths of a herd of eight elephants.

16 Oct 2019 10
Khao Yai elephant deaths no accident
5 Jul 2019

A night at the opera sets stage for noisy battle

Once again, Bangkok is experiencing a noise-related conflict.

5 Jul 2019 4
14 Jun 2019

Frenchman's music not to the regime's ears

A short clip featuring a song mocking a once well-known musical ditty, We Will Keep Our Promise, by junta leader and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, has become an instant hit. Yan Marchal, the clip maker, a budding songwriter and singer, has shot to fame overnight.

14 Jun 2019 34
15 May 2019

Cough up cash to stop road carnage

Thailand will soon have new traffic laws, based on the more stringent Japanese model, a senior land transport official said recently. Obviously, he was thrilled.

15 May 2019 34
Cough up cash to stop road carnage