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  • WORLD

    Laos streams ahead on latest Mekong dam

    Reuters, Published on 07/02/2020

    » LUANG PRABANG: On a wide bank of the Mekong River, yellow markers and visits by surveyors show preparations underway to build Laos' third and largest dam on Southeast Asia's most vital waterway.

  • THAILAND

    Green algae, blue water add to fears over Mekong health

    Published on 11/01/2020

    » BUNGKHLA/BANGKOK: When the normally murky brown Mekong River turned a brilliant blue late last year, villagers in northeastern Thailand were surprised.

  • OPINION

    Mekong 'cash machine' needs an overhaul

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 30/11/2019

    » Just over a week ago, many people in Thailand, particularly those in highrises, were thrown into panic when their buildings were swaying. They didn't know at the time that a strong earthquake had just hit inside Lao borders near Nan's district of Chaloem Phrakiat.

  • OPINION

    Dammed if you do

    Editorial, Published on 21/06/2018

    » Laos’ latest announcement of a decision to go ahead with its fourth 770-megawatt Pak Lay dam project has sent an alarming sign that the tide of hydropower development on the mainstream Mekong River is not just unstoppable, but accelerating.

  • THAILAND

    Pak Beng dam project riles locals

    News, Wassayos Ngamkham, Published on 08/06/2017

    » CHIANG RAI - Environmental activists will petition the Administrative Court Thursday to help in their protest against the new Pak Beng dam project on the Mekong River in Laos, which could bring both ecological and economic impacts to the region.

  • OPINION

    The Mekong deserves better

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/02/2017

    » Last week, a regional forum was held in Luang Prabang for countries in the Mekong River Basin to discuss the Pak Beng hydroelectric dam planned by Laos. It was organised by the Mekong River Commission (MRC), the only organisation that works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam to jointly manage the shared resources and sustainable development of the river.

  • THAILAND

    Against the flow

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 15/01/2017

    » From the urban office worker to the village boatman, many people's lives are changing -- for better or for worse -- with the growing influence of China in the Mekong region. This situation has produced a mixed set of reactions.

  • OPINION

    Choking off the Mekong

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/11/2016

    » The Mekong, Asia's third-longest international river, is increasingly dammed, notably by China in its upper part and Laos in the lower stretches. Threats to the river's diverse ecology, especially its fish population, from existing and planned hydropower projects are imminent but inevitable.

  • OPINION

    Don Sahong Dam casts wide shadow over Mekong

    News, Kate Ross, Published on 08/07/2016

    » 'If we cannot fish, what will we do?' asked one elderly woman, as she stood looking out over the Mekong River, in Siphandone, southern Laos. This is a question that is increasingly echoed by many whose lives have, for generations, centred around the river's abundance of fish, their migration routes and cycles; a way of life which may be on the brink of drastic change as a result of construction of the Don Sahong Dam.

  • LIFE

    At the borders of ecological destruction

    Life, Published on 18/01/2016

    » A new year is often a time for joyful celebration. But Pianporn Deetes bid farewell to 2015 with a heavy heart.

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