Once a major maize plantation in northern Thailand that used farm chemicals to raise yields has become chemical free. Community farmers in, Ban Mai Village in Nan province have surprised many and become a role model for non-organic farming.
The Vietnamese government’s heavy-handed efforts to censor discussion of land disputes are the latest example of its campaign to assert control over online content.
The flouting of an order banning the practice, in effect since last year, has prompted civic groups and media organizations protest the illegal practice which, they claim, is threatening people’s health.
Officials and communities are concerned about the impact of Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam on the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin population in the downstream Mekong River.
Man-made construction activity in the form of dams is slowly choking the river and some 80 new dams are planned choking the flow of water with its life-giving nutrients.
Water levels on the Mekong River, which flows through China and five other countries, have dipped sharply after China began testing equipment in one of the river’s upper dams.