The decreasing alluvia sedimentation loads of the Mekong River as a result of upstream dam building, together with the excessive sand mining downstream in the delta, is seen as a major driver.
The LMC has provided China and Cambodia with the opportunity to bypass obligations and bilaterally construct the Sambor Dam in Cambodia.
No elephants have crossed the Mekong in the past decade, and movement routes and gene flow of Asian elephants living on either side have been blocked by a Chinese reservoir.
Finance Minister warns new solar power rates proposed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade would erase all incentive to develop solar power over other sources.
The ministry has said this could result in a smaller rice harvest year on year in 2020, a significant decline considering the rice sector is still one of the mostly rural nation’s main employers.
Take Vietnam, Climate Central estimates that the lower third of the country will be submerged by 2050, displacing 20 million people.
Authorities in Laos are allowing timber companies to fell trees in an area that was flooded after a dam collapse described as Laos’ worst flooding in decades, much to the ire of residents of the formerly flooded forests.
The government’s appalling responses to the numerous dam collapses over recent years while giving the all clear to other dams illustrates it has learned nothing. https://thediplomat.com/2020/01/no-new-thinking-in-laos/