Unraveling the Mystery of Laos U-Turn from Renewables to Coal to Power the Battery of Southeast Asia

After years of hydropower supercharging Laos’ successful ambition to become the key power exporter in the region, Laos’ energy export market has taken a surprising turn … towards coal. According to most international analysis from Carbon Tracker to Bloomberg, carbon is dying. Yet in Laos, energy carbon production went from zero to half of all […]

Data Exposes Flaws in Mekong Delta Resilience Plans

Resilience plans focus on exploiting Vietnam’s scarce water resources instead of shifting agriculture away from water-intensive crops and practices. For generations, Vietnamese communities have used the ample water resources and fertile soil of the Mekong Delta to feed the nation. Fueled by the Mekong’s constant supply of rich sediment, the fisheries and paddy fields of Vietnam’s […]

Mekong fishermen struggle to survive

As dawn breaks on the serene lake of Bình Thiên in An Giang Province, fisherman Đặng Hữu Đức instructs his 17-year-old son to cast a net into the clear water of the largest freshwater lake in Việt Nam’s Mekong Delta. To his son’s disappointment, when the net is hauled back it doesn’t contain many fish, unlike during Đức’s […]