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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Control of the Mekong

Via The Diplomat, a report on how China – whether through its own dams or the financing and construction of dams in other countries – is largely in the driver’s seat when it comes to the Mekong: A recently published report by Eyes on Earth, Inc. has pointed the finger at Chinese dams holding back water […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Science Shows Chinese Dams Are Devastating the Mekong

Via Foreign Policy, a report on new data demonstrating a devastating effect on downstream Mekong water supplies that feed millions of people: Eleven massive dams straddle the mighty Mekong River before it leaves China and flows into Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and on into Vietnam. Yet I have long been skeptical  that China could use […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Limited the Mekong’s Flow – Other Countries Suffered a Drought

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on new research showing that Beijing’s engineers appear to have directly caused the record low levels of water in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam: A narrow section of water flowed through the dried-out riverbed of the Mekong near Sangkhom, Thailand, in January. As China was stricken by […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s ‘Development Approach’ To Mekong Water Disputes

Via The Diplomat, a look at China’s approach to Mekong River water disputes: Even as COVID-19 is wreaking havoc and uncertainty around the globe, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta declared an emergency over the devastating drought in early March. Studies suggest that the frequency and severity of droughts in the Mekong region has increased in the past decades, […]

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Cambodia Scraps Plans for Mekong Hydropower Dams

Via The Guardian, a report on Cambodia’s decision to scraps plans for Mekong hydropower dams: A Cambodian government decision to postpone building new hydropower dams on the Mekong river has been welcomed by campaigners, who say it will provide welcome relief to the tens of thousands of people whose livelihood depend upon its rich resources. Cambodia announced […]

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Drought in the Mekong Region Prompts Calls for Greater Regional Cooperation

Courtesy of Future Directions International, a look at how drought in the Mekong Region has prompted calls for greater regional cooperation: The Mekong River Commission (MRC) was established in 1995 to strengthen joint efforts and partnerships for the sustainable management and development of water resources in mainland South-East Asia. The MRC includes Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, […]

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