The Last Free Flowing Mekong Tributary in the Northeast, Songkram, Subject to Regulation: ONWR

Conservationists, however, have expressed concerns over possible adverse impacts on the complex freshwater river system as well as the status of the country’s latest international Ramsar Site The Songkram River, one of the two prime Mekong tributaries in the Northeast, which is still free from any ...

B.Tribune

Myanmar Condemns Report on Illegal Teak Exports to EU

Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has disputed the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)’s latest report which claims illegal teak from Myanmar is being shipped to Europe through the black market. “All the teak we export is legal,” U Kyaw Zaw Oo, the deputy ...

THIHA LWIN

Sanakam dam anger grows

A conservation group has called for the scrapping of the Sanakam dam which is being built in Laos on the Mekong River two kilometres from Nan province. The group urged Laos and neighbouring countries to embrace more ecological friendly renewable energy projects such as solar cells ...

APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

NUOL project building capacity in environmental impact assessment

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the National University of Laos (NUOL) is reporting substantial progress in its project to build capacity in technical knowledge for environmental impact assessments (EIA).   The project, running from 2018-2020, has been developing EIA training courses and textbooks for government staff, ...

Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

Southeast Asia struggles to tackle haze despite long-term dangers

A toxic smog settled over Malaysia and Singapore for most of September fuelled by fires that had been raging in neighbouring Indonesia for weeks. Schools were forced to close, N95 masks to filter the polluted air’s most dangerous particulates were rationed, and doctors reported a surge in patients ...

Kate Mayberry

Ecstasy and The Environmental Impact of Illegal Drugs

The environmental impacts of cars, plastics and fossil fuels are well know. But what about illegal drugs? MDMA production is listed as an environmental threat. Due to the limited availability of a crucial ingredient, the drug is damaging the environment with its sourcing and production. MDMA, or ecstasy, is ...

Eliza Erskine

It’s not just melting glaciers that endanger the Mekong and its region

Recent reports of a rapid diminishment in the size of the glaciers that feed the great rivers of Asia, including the Mekong, have received wide coverage, not least because they are accompanied by striking visuals. What is happening at the other end of the river in the ...

Milton Osborne

Thailand's famed 'Rose of the North' is wilting

This 700-year-old city nestled in a green valley of northern Thailand has long enjoyed a story-book reputation for its myriad Buddhist monasteries and charming wooden homes, the delicate manners of its citizens and a tranquillity hardly ruffled by its temple bells. More than 10 million tourists ...

Denis D. Gray

Standing on the shoulders of science above the South China Sea fray

The waters of the South China Sea face environmental peril that is ‘inseparable from the territorial disputes that plague it’. As claimants solidify their positions through artificial island construction, with China driving the most ambitious builds, habitats with wide-ranging ecological and economic value are being ...

James Borton

The Hidden Environmental Toll of Mining the World’s Sand

By far the largest mining endeavor globally is digging up sand, mainly for the concrete that goes into buildings. But this little-noticed and largely unregulated activity has serious costs — damaging rivers, wreaking havoc on coastal ecosystems, and even wiping away entire islands. In Cambodia, researching ...

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