Business considerations causing Vietnam to backtrack on proposed increased environmental taxes on gasoline, kerosene, diesel, mazut, aviation fuel and plastic bags.
The 392-kilometer route will start in the border province of Lao Cai and pass through Hanoi — and eight cities and provinces in total – and end in the port city of Hai Phong.
EGAT eyeing mega-projects that may destroy river’s ecosystem; water-diversion project will also harm Mekong, pristine forest.
Laos will do everything it can to help the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) deliver as many tangible benefits as possible to the people of the Mekong region.
Wildfires in Laos and neighbouring countries are causing dangerous levels of air pollution in many regions of Laos, especially in the capital.
Aung San Su Kyi said that is important for her government to uphold investment projects approved by previous administrations, or risk being perceived by investors as “not reliable and volatile.”
New UN report makes clear that regional law-enforcement efforts have failed to curtail the unprecedented growth in the production of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine in the Mekong subregion.
Polluting production are facilities set up in wildlife preserves where rare Mreah Prew Phnom trees are killed to produce the illicit drug. For each tree harvested six more are felled for firewood to power the extraction.