In Thailand, more than 10% of citizens now live on land that is likely to be inundated by 2050, compared with just 1% according to the earlier technique.
At the dawn of a new era of building dams on the Yarlung Tsangpo, countless lives and ecosystems are being risked in the name of “development” and geopolitics.
Some of the most severe reductions will be found in major Asian deltas such as the Mekong, a 77 percent loss.
Floating solar panels on just one of Laos’s existing reservoirs could yield nearly 10 times the electrical generating capacity of the Xayaburi Dam that began full operation on the Mekong this week.
China knows it’s causing hardship for millions downstream, but focuses on using the media to ensure it controls the Mekong narrative with no “real efforts to fix the problems in the long run.”
Murky water from lakes and ponds near the 4,000-tonne Myaing Kalay cement factory in Hpa-an, Karen State was found to have high levels of chlorine and phosphate, which caused a die-off of fish last month.