Bangkok needs to begin making adjustments for challenges like higher temperatures, floods and diseases brought on by climate change.
As skyscrapers, concrete and roads dominate most of the capital and cars and air-conditioners pump out greenhouse gases, the city needs to fight to stay cool, experts say.
According to the head of the Bangkok environment department's division tasked with dealing with climate change, solutions include getting more people to use public transportation, tackling traffic congestion, increasing use of alternative fuels like biodiesel, adding more green space and reducing the use of electricity.
In a seminar held by Urban Futures and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), environment division head Sermsook Noppapan said there were plans to build more bicycle lanes in the city. He also said that more traffic lights will be added to ease the flow of traffic and people will be urged to reduce the use of electricity, beginning with Earth Hour on March 30 when Bangkokians will join others around the world in switching off lights for an hour.
"We also plan to create more public parks and plant trees in unused land and along walls as well as restore the mangrove forest in Bang Khun Thian district," Sermsook added.