Reuters

Mekong group urges better water management collaboration as record drought persists

The inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) on Thursday called on China and mainland Southeast Asian countries to better coordinate management of Mekong hydropower dams and reservoirs after three years of record low flows and extra dry conditions. The Mekong River’s flow dropped to the lowest levels ...

Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Martin Petty

U.N. says about half of Myanmar's people could sink into poverty in 2022

Urban poverty is on course to triple in Myanmar, pushing nearly half the population below the poverty line next year, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as the twin impact of the pandemic and a military coup threaten progress made in the past decade. The army ...

Reuters

Vietnam targeting carbon emission neutrality by 2050, minister says

Vietnam is targeting carbon emission neutrality by 2050, the country’s industry and trade minister said on Monday, joining scores of countries that have pledged to halt emissions by mid-century or thereabouts in order to stop global warming. Nguyen Hong Dien, speaking at a roundtable on the ...

Editing by Martin Petty and Sanjeev Miglani

Back to the land: Thai forest draws young, green farmers

Like many locals, Matthana Abhaimoon left rural Thailand to study in the city. Unlike most, she chose to come back – and fight for her right to farm in the forest as her forefathers had done. After a 20-year campaign, residents of Mae Tha won a ...

Rina Chandran

China's Xi launches $232 mln biodiversity protection fund for developing countries

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the launch of a 1.5 billion yuan ($232.47 million) fund on Tuesday to support biodiversity protection in developing countries, as talks continue on a new post-2020 global pact to tackle species loss. Xi was virtually addressing the COP15 biodiversity summit in ...

David Stanway; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

New World Heritage Site forest imperils Thai indigenous people

When Gib Tonnarmpech and her family were forced to leave their home in Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan National Park by authorities, they walked more than two days in dense forest with about 60 other families to get to their resettlement site. They named the new site Bang ...

Rina Chandran

Climate change could trigger internal migration of 216 mln people - World Bank

Without immediate action to combat climate change, rising sea levels, water scarcity and declining crop productivity could force 216 million people to migrate within their own countries by 2050, the World Bank said in a new report on Monday. The report, Groundswell 2.0, modeled the impacts ...

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Daniel Wallis

Thai parliament passes new narcotics bill that could ease overcrowded prisons

Thai parliament on Tuesday passed a new narcotics bill that emphasizes prevention and treatment rather than punishment for small-scale drug users, and introduces tougher measures against organised crime, which could lead to a drop in the numbers of inmates in the overcrowded Thai prison system. The ...

Reuters

Myanmar military arrests more journalists

Myanmar’s military government has arrested two more local journalists, army-owned television reported on Saturday, the latest among dozens of detentions in a sweeping crackdown on the media since a Feb. 1 coup. Sithu Aung Myint, a columnist for news site Frontier Myanmar and commentator with Voice ...

Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Mike Harrison and William Mallard

Droughts shrink hydropower, pose risk to global push to clean energy

Severe droughts are drying up rivers and reservoirs vital for the production of zero-emissions hydropower in several countries around the globe, in some cases leading governments to rely more heavily on fossil fuels. The emerging problems with hydropower production in places like the United States, China ...

Sharon Bernstein and Jake Spring, David Stanway

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