Since the beginning of 2010, Thailand has been hit with extreme heat; the highest recorded maximum temperature is 43°C in the northern province of Lampang. Worse than that is the accompanying severe drought which has been damaging agricultural crops on a grand scale. Water supply for consumption has become critical. And with the global warming threat, it is questionable if drought would be more intense year-by-year, and how Thailand can help the world alleviate the threat.
Dr Smith Thammasaroch, the chairperson of the Foundation Council of National Disaster Warning, admitted that the global warming situation is very worrying as it would send the temperature in the country to rise further. He said heat wave can occur if the temperature continues very high for three consecutive days, and it can be fatal, especially for the elderly and infants.
Assoc Prof Kansri Boonpragob from the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ramkhamhaeng University, explained that the rising temperature would negatively affect ecosystem and would cause extinction in about 20-30% of creatures. She added that people would experience more health and disease problems because the rising temperature would facilitate the disease spread and mutation.
Global warming is a serious issue, not only in Thailand but also the whole world due to more emission of greenhouse gases from extensive growth of global citizen size and industrial development. In other words, all countries in the world are contributing to the global warming and hence must be responsible for the mitigation of this critical problem together.