Twenty members of Thailand’s Parliament have asked for an urgent debate on a proposal to relocate the Thai capital to another province less prone to flooding that they recognize is a result of climate change, the Bangkok Post reports. They want the House of Representatives to set up a committee to study the possible relocation.
The proposed motion says climate change has caused a variety of natural disasters, including flooding, resulting in considerable damage to Bangkok, requiring costly restoration. Bangkok is sinking about 8 inches per year, according to the proposed motion. Coupled with global warming, which causes higher sea tides, Bangkok could be submerged. Thus, the capital should be relocated to a more suitable province, such as Nakhon Nayok, where water can be quickly drained because of its sloping terrain, and during the previous government, a national board was instructed to conduct a primary study on doing so. Thailand has been experiencing unusually severe flooding in the past few years, of the sort predicted to occur under continued global warming, because the extra heat creates larger monsoons that in turn create more flooding.
Thai ministers propose new capital city due to floods, global warming. Twenty MPs of the ruling Pheu Thai Party have signed a motion for an urgent debate on a proposal that the House of Representatives to set up a committee to study the possible relocation of the capital to another province less prone to flooding. Bangkok Post
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