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Laos Stirs Controversy With Plan For Fourth Mekong Dam

Via The Asia Times, a report that Vientiane has submitted notice about a hydropower project at Pak Lay in western Xayaburi province, upsetting villagers on both sides: The government of Laos has proposed that yet another dam should be built on the Mekong River’s midstream. Vientiane submitted an official notice to the Mekong River Commission with […]

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Leaked Report: Cambodia’s Biggest Dam Could ‘Literally Kill’ Mekong

Via The Guardian, an article on the heavy impact of a planned hydroelectric dam on the Mekong: A Chinese-backed plan to build Cambodia’s biggest dam could “literally kill” the Mekong river, according to a confidential assessment seen by the Guardian which says that the proposed site at Sambor is the “worst possible place” for hydropower. […]

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Laos: New Hydropower Dams, Old Mekong Worries

Via The Diplomat, a report on growing concerns around the future of the Mekong River as Laos continues its hydropower ambitions: Laos has not been reluctant to let the world know about its ambition to become the largest energy exporter in the region, or the “Battery of Asia.” As of part of efforts to realize its […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China and the Mekong River – Dominance or Collaboration?

Via Future Directions International, a report on the Mekong River: The Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam are meeting for the third Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The MRC was established in 1995 to strengthen joint efforts and partnerships for the sustainable management and development of water resources in […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Asia’s Dangerous Thirst

Via the Nikkei Asian Review, commentary on how rapidly growing demand for water is stoking tensions in Asia: In recent weeks, one of the most pristine Himalayan rivers has mysteriously turned black when entering India from Tibet, highlighting how China’s upstream tunneling, damming and mining activities might be causing major environmental contamination. The plight of […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Resource-Hungry China Wages Water Wars By Stealth

Via the South China Morning Post, interesting commentary on the need for international pressure to rein in Beijing’s dam-building frenzy and ensure it respects the environment and rights of downstream nations: China’s hyperactive dam building is a reminder that, while the international attention remains on its recidivist activities in the South China Sea’s disputed waters, […]

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