How coal-fired plants will doom Thailand

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this year, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed the country’s commitment to a 20% to 25% reduction in carbon output compared with a business-as-usual scenario.

The reduction from business as usual, rather than from a more ambitious baseline year, is uninspiring, especially given that the country both leads the G77 and is the 22nd-largest emitter of carbon dioxide globally.

Thailand can do much better than that — both to protect the environment and to save lives — if it says no to coal-fired power plants.