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Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future (3)

Downstream, a Second Dam Rises By Michelle Nijhuis Photographs by David Guttenfelder About 700 miles (1,125 kilometers) south of the Xayaburi construction site, on the border between Laos and Cambodia, the Mekong roars over a jumble of basalt cliffs, forming [...]

By |September 8th, 2014|Dams and development projects|

Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future (2)

Court Challenges BY Michelle Nijhuis Photographs by David Guttenfelder In June, the Xayaburi Dam's opponents were strengthened when a Thai national court agreed to hear a lawsuit by 37 villagers who are challenging the Thai government's plans to buy most [...]

By |September 8th, 2014|Dams and development projects|

Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future 1

Opponents see threats to fish spawning, food supply, and a way of life in Southeast Asia. In northern Laos, a boat heads toward the site of the Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River. The dam is about 30 percent complete. [...]

By |September 8th, 2014|Dams and development projects|

Troubled waters: the Mekong River crisis

China is bafflingly silent about strange, record-breaking changes that have been wreaking havoc on the mighty Mekong River in recent months, writes Pilita Clark A fisherman on the Mekong River, Vientiane, Laos, April 2014 Den Kroolong got the jolting news in a [...]

By |August 1st, 2014|Dams and development projects, Other News|

Opponents seek to halt dam construction on SE Asia’s second longest river

  Fishermen sail their boats to the bank of the Nu River, also known as the Salween River, near Lushui in southwest China's Yunnan province March 3, 2007. REUTERS/Nir Elias BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists, researchers and environmentalists from [...]

A Threat to Cambodia’s Sacred Forests

In a remote valley in southwest Cambodia, an indigenous group fights to protect its homes from the looming construction of a hydroelectric dam. In southwest Cambodia, at the foot of the Cardamom Mountains, is a single dirt road that meanders [...]

PROPOSED HYDROELECTRIC DAM ON MEKONG RIVER RAISES ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD SECURITY CONCERNS

Environmental activists are once again raising concerns over a proposed hydropower dam on the 4,300 kilometer Mekong River’s lower region in Southern Laos, near the border with Cambodia. The Don Sahong Hydropower project, one of eleven dams proposed for the [...]

By |May 15th, 2014|Campaigns, Dams and development projects|

Vietnam, Russia speed up work on nuclear power plant

A delegation from the Russian State Duma’s Energy Committee held a working session on July 17 with leaders of the central province of Ninh Thuan on ways to speed up construction of the Ninh Thuan 1 nuclear power plant in [...]

By |July 20th, 2013|Dams and development projects, Other News|

The Hutgyi Dam Project and the rights of Karen stateless in Mae Hong Son, Thailand

The Hutgyi Dam Project and the rights of Karen stateless in Mae Hong Son, Thailand By Mueda nawanat Acknowledgements  I would like to thank Earth Rights International for giving me this opportunity. This class has helped me improve my English [...]

Villagers want creek cleaned up before more mines open

A lawyer representing Karen villagers in lower Klity Creek in Kanchanaburi's Thong Pha Phum district, who have suffered lead poisoning since the 1990s, said yesterday the Pollution Control Department (PCD) had ignored a Supreme Administrative Court order to rehabilitate the [...]