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Thailand contemplates capital relocation due to rising sea levels


The possibility of relocating Thailand's capital, Bangkok, due to rising sea levels has been acknowledged by a senior official in the country's climate change office.

Projections consistently indicate that Bangkok, situated in a low-lying area, faces the risk of being submerged by the ocean by the end of the century.

Pavich Kesavawong, deputy director-general of the government's Department of Climate Change and Environment, expressed concerns about Bangkok's ability to adapt to the current warming trends.

"I think we are beyond the 1.5 (degrees Celsius) already," he noted, emphasizing the urgency for adaptation measures.

Pavich highlighted the potential necessity of relocating the capital, suggesting it as a viable option to separate government and business areas.

While discussions about relocation remain hypothetical, the prospect is being considered amid the city's ongoing battle with flooding during the rainy season.

Efforts to mitigate climate change impacts include exploring options like building dikes, similar to those in the Netherlands.

Thailand's experience with climate change extends beyond rising sea levels, affecting various sectors such as agriculture and tourism.

Recent coral bleaching and pollution have prompted the closure of several national parks, reflecting efforts to protect natural resources.

Legislation focused on addressing climate change issues, including carbon pricing and mitigation measures, is expected to pass into law this year.

Thailand aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and net-zero emissions by 2065, aligning with its commitment to combating climate change.

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