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Examining the impact of the Don Sahong Dam

By Sat, Jun 28, 2014 2:06PM UTC Examining the impact of the Don Sahong Dam

This week the controversial Don Sahong Dam proposal was revisited by the 20th Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council Meeting in Bangkok on Thursday. The MRC discussed whether the proposal needed (as a mainstream project) to go through the prior consultation process instead of the simpler prior notification process the Laos government had already submitted.

Philippine coconut farmers warn over pesticide use

By Fri, Jun 27, 2014 6:42PM UTC The fish scale-like insect attacks the young core of leaves of coconuts.

Alarmed over the spread of a debilitating disease that is destroying coconut farms in Luzon, Mindanao coconut farmers are calling for an island-wide summit to prevent the infestation from wiping out the coconut industry here.

Laos to go ahead with controversial Mekong dam

By Fri, Jun 27, 2014 1:58PM UTC Thai villagers hold banners opposing the building of a dam on the Mekong river during a rally outside a construction company in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday. Pic: AP.

Activists concerned with development along the Mekong River saw a small victory this week when the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand agreed to take a case against Thai government agencies that purchased power from the Xayaburi dam in neighboring Laos.

The threat of dams on the Mekong River

By Tue, Jun 24, 2014 6:48PM UTC Mekong River, Laos. Pic: Adam Jones (Flickr CC)

Two crucial decisions face authorities this week on the Mekong River, one of the world’s greatest waterways and the primary source of fish for 60 million people. The Mekong, the world’s greatest fishery, is under growing threat from a wide variety of sources as riparian countries, particularly China build more and more dams on its tributaries.

UN rejects Australian govt proposal to delist Tasmanian forests

By Tue, Jun 24, 2014 10:57AM UTC Pic: AP.

The United Nation’s World Heritage Committee has rejected the Australian government’s proposal to delist 74,000 hectares of Tasmanian forests. The government had requested that the committee delist the area as a protected site. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been encouraging investments that would boost Tasmania’s economy with little regard for the environment

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