Current water levels in dams in Thailand

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Just knew from the news that as of today (January 28, 2012), Thailand’s largest dam holds up to 85% of its total capacity. The second largest holds up to 83%. At this level, one can suspect if the government ever put their focus in water management after the lesson they had with the flood in 2011 at all?

This is just the beginning of the raining season, all water reservoirs and dams should be prepared, staging at their lowest level to accommodate unpredictable rainfalls and monsoon.

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Overview of SSL and SSL Authentication by Edward Ray

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วิพากษ์การศึกษาไทยในปัจจุบัน

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เด็กเรียนรู้เรื่องป่า โดยไม่เคยเข้าป่า เด็กเรียนเรื่องข้าวโดยไม่เคยเห็นทุ่งนา เห็นแต่ข้าวในจาน เด็กเรียนเรื่อสิ่งแวดล้อมเป็นพิษโดยไม่เคยไปเก็ข้อมูลชยะ แยกขยะ กำจัดขยะด้วยตนเอง

ผู้ใหญ่เรียนรื่องการพัฒนาท้องถิ่น จากตำรา ไม่เคยไปหมู่บ้าน ไม่เคยทำงานพัฒนา ทำให้ได้แค่ท่องจากตำราว่า แผนแม่บทชุมชนคืออะไร วิสาหกิจชุมชนคืออะไร กองทุนหมู่บ้านคืออะไร

Meeting e-Patient Dave

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This speech given by Dave Debronkart describes the fact that patients were treated like the 3rd person and have to accept the cure methodology given by doctors. Thus, medical information was share by patients themselves by establishing connection to share their experience to one another.

World Environment Day, do people take it serious in Thailand?

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June 5 is Environment Day World (WED). Its aims to foster positive environmental action globally.  As an ongoing campaign since 1972 UN aim is to stimulate worldwide awareness of environment and encourages political attention and action.

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An event in Thailand points out the need for serious action. A sugar barge sank in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district of Ayutthaya on Tuesday, releasing  about 2,300 tonnes of sugar into the river.(Nation)

The sugar has been dissolving and polluting the water. Water quality in the Chao Phraya River section affected by massive amounts of sugar discharged from a sunken barge is expected to return to normal in three days, the Pollution Control Department says. However, PCD officials predicted that the water quality would return to normal by Sunday due to the large amount of water in the river and rainfall.

As a legal action, a law suite is file against the owner (TAN,for kids). The community should be aware and the government should set up authorities to sort out this problem as they do in other countries. PCD’s attitude seems to be that “no big deal, in two days it’ll be to normal”, that’s not good enough, in other countries for example, the EPA take this seriously and take action to prevent the event from happen in the first place. Also, compensation value should be consistent with the ability of the operator to take, the damage caused both direct and indirect. We’ve seen several cases in Thailand that the compensation value was way “under-estimated” for indirect impacts.

Co-Author – Gordon Wood

Updates on recycling campaign

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Referring to the blog about Recycling Campaign posted earlier, I’ve received updates about the activities done and results from Dr. Sujitra Vassanadumrongdee,   researcher at The Center of Excellence for Environmental and Hazardous Waste Management, Chulalongkorn University this morning.

Over the  period of the project (1 year), a total of 1,769 devices and 2,063 pieces of accessories (chargers and batteries) were collected. With promise to donate 2 US Dollars for every phone drop, Nokia and TES-AMM jointly contributed a donation of 110,000 Thai baht (about US$3,600) to support the university’s environmental fund. All collected phones were sent to TES-AMM for proper recycling. Coincidentally when looking the pictures, the TES-AMM personals running the campaign, Mr Luc Scholte van Mast and  Mr. Thawal Saengsawang were colleagues of mine. What a small world!

World Energy Outlook 2010

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The 2010 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) was released on 9 November and it provides updated projections of energy demand, production, trade and investment, fuel by fuel and region by region to 2035. It includes, for the first time, a new scenario that anticipates future actions by governments to meet the commitments they have made to tackle climate change and growing energy insecurity.

Source : http://www.worldenergyoutlook.org/

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