Thailand, thousands of miles of beaches, more or less poluted, nonetheless bounty beaches, our favourite fantasy image to resort to for ease when we
physically cannot escape to their warmth and carefreeness. Or did. Together with the Sundarban, Maldivese and Kiribatian islands, the beaches of
Thailand are disappearing at an alarming rate.
About 200,000 rai (81,000 acres) of land _ about the size of Thailand's smallest province, Samut Songkhram _ could fall victim to erosion in the
next 20 years. Laem Talumphuk cape in the South could also disappear by 2056, if coastal erosion continues at its present rate, an expert on climate
change has warned.
''Coastal erosion has already taken 21% of the country's coastal area, or 113,042 rai, over the past three decades,''said Assoc Prof Thanawat
Jarupongsakul, lecturer on climatology at the Unit for Disaster and Land Information Studies at Chulalongkorn University's science faculty.
''A climate change-induced wind pattern has intensified the speed of coastal erosion in both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman sea,'' said
Assoc Prof Thanawat, who is researching the impact of climate change on seawater, for the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
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Before coral reefs were fully studied and understood, mangrowe forrests were consider among the most complex and most important ecosystems on the
planet. They still are, but they are now fighting the battle against the rising tide and those changed weather patterns following it.
Development and general exploitation have taken its toll of the mangroves the last forty years. But development tends to accelerate as the wind
Problems, especially unprecidented ones, not acknowledged in due time to handle, are the norm in Thailand. Don't deal, befor' it reals.
Now they have two decades to decide what to do about their coastal areas with two third of them gone.
Written off to the rising sealevels.
[edit on 28-12-2006 by UM_Gazz]