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AND THE WORLD
As flood waters ravaged Thailand, Dr. Art-ong Jumsai Na Ayudha, a Thai scholar who predicted Bangkok would be underwater in his lifetime, offered his views on what Thailand needs to do to counter climate warming.
Art-ong Jumsai Na Ayudha not only offers his views on proposals to save
Thailand from the effects of climate change but has put his theories
into practice by creating the zero-carbon Sathya Sai School in Lopburi,
In this interview with Asean Affairs, Dr. Art-ong addresses global climate challenges as well as those in Thailand.
Q: What’s your view of the current flooding in Thailand?
A: Everything happens for the best, therefore, this can be a lesson for us to help save the planet, save the world and save the country for future generations. I think it is going to get worse. I think that we need a warning. We just can’t go on thinking Thailand is a happy place. We need to receive a warning. It’s a good lesson.
|Children and teachers plant rice at Sathya Sai School, Lopburi, Thailand.
Q: Can Thailand expect this flooding every year?
A: I expect it’s going to get worse. The temperature keeps going up and then you have more evaporation. There is more moisture, more rain and more heavy rain. Once in a while it seems to go the other way, but it will come back again.
The temperature has gone up so there is more moisture and more rain.
The whole rain pattern should move past Bangkok down to the south but it will continues to rain for a a much longer period because there is more moisture in the air.
Q: Can infrastructure be built to control the floods or is it going to be so severe that nothing can help?
A: Well, we do need more canals and pipelines for water to flow and we have to plan it so they go around the cities.
Q: Do you still hold to your prediction that Bangkok will be underwater in 10 years?
A: We will have more and more flooding. When we talk about the level of the sea, there’s going to be a rise in the sea in the next few years because there’s a lot of methane gas at the North Pole, more so than ever before. That methane gas is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide and that’s going to really warm us up.....................
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