Environment and natural resources

Top-10 prominent events in natural resources, environment in 2020 announced

The most meaningful of all is the approval of the 14th National Assembly about the adjusted Law on Environment Protection. In this important legal document, it is the first time that Vietnamese citizens are classified as a subject in environment protection tasks. In addition, the Law has ...

'Dust dome' to blame for city's haze

The drop in air quality across Bangkok over the past week is caused by an urban “dust dome” over the city, which formed as low atmospheric pressure and high-rise buildings trapped dust and other pollutants from the burning of agricultural waste, says Natural Resources and ...

APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

Cambodia’s weather forecast for this year made – hotter days and early rains

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) has forecast that the temperature could rise to about 39 degrees Celsius during the 2021 dry season while the rainy season will come in the first week of May. Cambodia’s weather will be influenced by the ENSO phenomena, ...

Parks Dept rejects Karen call to return

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has rejected a request by a group of evicted Karen villagers to be allowed to resettle in their ancestral home deep into a forest at the Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi. “As long as there ...

APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

Plastic Pollution: We Need To Act Now

The Great Pacific garbage patch is a collection of plastic and floating trash with two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage. The patch consists of finger-sized bits of plastic – often microscopic particles, chemical sludge, wood pulp, and other debris trapped by the northern circulating currents ...

The ASEAN Post Team

Award-winning Thai community continues the fight to save its wetland forest

Srongpol Chantharueang remembers his parents telling him as a boy always to protect the local wetland forest when he grew up. They told him that the ecosystem would be important for his life and that of his community. “I didn’t understand what they meant at ...

Carolyn Cowan

HCMC asked to clean up its waste treatment act

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked HCMC to deal firmly with environmental pollution caused by two major waste treatment facilities. The ministry’s order was prompted by numerous residents complaining about the environmental pollution caused by the Tam Sinh Nghia Investment Development Joint Stock ...

Trung Son

Cambodia’s Mekong river believed to be a healthy habitat for endangered giant freshwater stingray

Cambodia’s Mekong River from Stung Treng to Kratie and Prey Veng is believed to be the healthiest habitat of the endangered giant freshwater stingray. The notice was shared recently with AKP by Dr Zeb Hogan, an American biologist and a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) fellow who ...

Why is Laos building Mekong dams it doesn't need?

Thailand’s economic slump during the coronavirus pandemic led to a drop in electricity demand, with Thai officials estimating power reserves currently at 50% over total capacity.  However, despite the Thai surplus, hydroelectric dams are still being developed next door in Laos, Thailand’s top provider of electricity. Critics say the dam projects are not driven ...

Emmy Sasipornkarn

In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams

As a struggling least developed country, Laos stands alone when it comes to ignoring common sense and pushing ahead with infrastructure development that it can ill-afford and is unlikely to deliver its much hoped-for rags to riches outcome. Energy and Mines Minister Sinavav Souphanouvong made that ...

Luke Hunt

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