Environment and natural resources

Pollution and waste

Southern farmers bring dead fish to province office to protest pollution

Fish farmers in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on 7 August brought hundreds of kilograms of dead fish to the government office, accusing seafood processors of polluting a local river.    The move came one day after they protested with dead fish in front of the ...

Coal-caked home shows danger of Vietnam’s cheap power

After Quang Ninh province’s worst torrential rains in four decades, residents still face lingering danger. Toxic run-off from an open-pit coal mine left a trail of contamination, from local streams to the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose islets attract more than 1 ...

Study links polluted air in China to 1.6 million deaths a year

Outdoor air pollution contributes to the deaths of an estimated 1.6 million people in China every year, or about 4,400 people a day, according to a newly released scientific paper. The paper maps the geographic sources of China’s toxic air and concludes that much of the smog that ...

South Korean companies plan major waste treatment plant for Mekong Delta

A South Korean syndicate has proposed to build a major waste treatment plant to solve an urgent demand in the Mekong Delta where thousands of tons of waste are being discharged every day.   The proposal was made by three companies in a meeting with local officials ...

Rayong fishermen mark two years since oil spill

Small fishermen in Rayong have called on Thailand’s biggest petrochemical company to do more to rehabilitate oil-spill impacted sites along the province’s coastline, saying they still are living with the after effects of a spill two years ago. Keep reading ...

Pollution from copper mining in Northern Laos destroying local livelihoods

A company operating a copper mine in northern Laos’ Oudomxay province is polluting the local environment and destroying the livelihoods of residents, according to villagers, who have called for officials to investigate the firm. A resident of Sawang village, in Oudomxay’s Namo district, told RFA’s Lao ...

Da Nang threatens to close Coca-Cola plant amid sewage complaints: report

Da Nang government, Vietnam, has threatened to shut down the factory of Coca-Cola if it is found to have violated environmental rules, according to media reports. Keep reading ...

Waste banana bunch covers entering Nam Ou River, Laos

Provincial authorities in Phongsaly, Laos, are cautioning banana growers along the Nam Ou River in an attempt to stop them illegally discarding disused plastic banana bunch covers. Director of the provincial Natural Resources and Environment Department, Mr Khamchanh Sitthilath told Vientiane Times on 14 July that many ...

Gold diggers: Thai gold mine causes environmental and health problems

A major Geographical investigation looks at the devastating environmental and debilitating health effects a Thai gold mine is having on a village in Loei, and at how a group of determined villagers are fighting back This idyllic valley is the stage for the violent suppression of popular protests in the ...

Thailand's NRCT strikes deal on haze reduction in northern region

The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) has made an agreement with the 3rd Army Area on a cooperative effort to reduce haze disasters caused by burnings in the northern region. The NRCT Secretary-General Soottiporn Chittmittrapap has revealed that the NRCT has joined hands with the ...

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