Divers have discovered massive fishing nets blanketing coral reefs off the coast of Thailand, choking off a vital ecosystem for marine life.This underwater footage was captured by the divers to document the environmental damage caused by humans.
Yanyong Srijaroen, WWF-Thailand Wetlands Project Manager stated that the operation of Chinese dams often involves the untimely and unexpected release of large amounts of water destroying the nests and eggs of young birds of the endangered species. Moreover, dams located at the source lead to salinization and the decline of fisheries, which affects the surrounding villages that depend on the river, as well as to its negative effects on crops because of the sediment that usually fertilizes crops at the top of the source.
What the researchers didn’t realize until later was that climate change was actually affecting the fishers in two significant ways that weren’t at all obvious from their data.
Dams have subverted the Mekong ecosystem, bringing drought during the monsoon season and high waters when it should be dry. That has forever changed the lives of those who depend on the river for food and work in northeastern Thailand, a poor region bordering Laos and Cambodia. Vijitra Duangdee reports for VOA news, from Nong Khai, Thailand.
Cambodia Burning,” a documentary by filmmaker Sean Gallagher, throws light on the effect Cambodia’s unfettered logging has had on the country’s forest ecosystem. VOA’s Penelope Poulou spoke to the award-winning filmmaker
Cambodia’s dwindling fish stocks have put the spotlight once again on the stressed waterways of the Mekong river. Fish stocks are at low levels and experts blame factors such as Chinese hydropower for projects upstream for the dramatic drop at the lowest level.
Sok Piseth’s family has lived off the fish in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake for generations. During the rainy season, the lake expands up to five times in size, creating a unique ecosystem that regularly brings new life to the lake and its surrounding wetlands.
China’s dam building is causing dire impacts on the waters and fertile soil that feed hundreds of millions of people.
Although the Myitsone Dam project has been on hold since 2011, people living near the Irrawaddy River fear it will go ahead one day and ruin their lives.
Renewed hope for Asia’s wild tiger population with images from camera traps recording tiger cubs in Thailand’s Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai (DPKY) forest.