Put bluntly, the Mekong River region represents a crucial testing ground for Beijing’s mid- to long-term ambitions — not acknowledged officially — to become the hegemon in East Asia and possibly beyond.
The Mekong region is projected to lose another third of its forest cover by 2030 at current rates of deforestation.
This year’s drought is just a preview of more dire problems to come if government don’t change course.
A stunning 12 million people could be displaced by flooding in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta within half a century, according to new research.
Land is being lost to salinity intrusion and coastal erosion. Dry-season surface water is scarce. Gains from crop and livestock/aquaculture improvements are difficult to sustain due to climate change-induced pest and disease pressures.
A team of international and local scientists have announced the discovery of previously unknown species of freshwater mussels in Myanmar.
The two recent dugong deaths in Thailand were not the only ones recorded. Seven of these docile mammals were also found dead on Thai beaches, in the last two to three months.
Poorly enforced waste management norms and unsustainable practices in the tourism sector are among the major concerns.
In Sihanoukville the third coal plant is about to descend upon their neighbourhood. It will be shipped over 1,600 kilometres from Hunan.
Sixty per cent of plastic waste in the ocean can be traced to five countries in Southeast Asia.