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In the Face of Criticism, Laos Pushes Ahead With Four Mekong Dams

Via The Diplomat, a report on Laos’ plan to push ahead with four Mekong dams but whose costs and competition could leave the putative “battery of Southeast Asia” running on empty: As a struggling least developed country, Laos stands alone when it comes to ignoring common sense and pushing ahead with infrastructure development that it can […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Belatedly Notifies Mekong Nations of River Disruption

Via The Diplomat, an article on China’s belated notification to other Mekong nations of a river disruption: Earlier this week, I wrote about the sudden drop in water levels along the Mekong River in northern Thailand, and their likely link to the filling of a dam reservoir upstream in China. The fall first became apparent on January 4, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Mekong Levels Reportedly Plummet Due to Chinese Dam Activity

Via The Diplomat, an article on Chinese dam withdrawals on the Mekong: Water levels on the Mekong River have fallen due to the filling of a Chinese dam on the upper reaches of the river in Yunnan province, according to locals and river monitors. The fall was reported on January 4, when locals in the […]

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US Launches Mekong Dam Monitor to Provide a More Holistic View of the River

Via Future Directions International, a report on the launch of the Mekong Dam Monitor which is likely to place further pressure on Beijing to provide timely, accurate and robust hydrological data on water levels and dam operations on the Mekong River: After China promised to provide uninterrupted access to hydrological data on the Mekong River, […]

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Laos Presses Ahead with 4 More Mekong Dams Amid Drought

Via VoA, a report on Laos’ decision to press ahead with 4 more Mekong dams amid a drought: Laos is pushing ahead with four dams across the mainstream of the Mekong River, despite an escalating chorus of objections and crippling debt to Chinese state banks which resulted in the loss of control over its electricity grid […]

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Thai Official Warns Laos On Power Purchases From Controversial Mekong Dam

Via The Diplomat, a report on Thai concerns about the Sanakham dam come amid growing recognition of the dire state of the Mekong: The Thai government has warned that it might refuse to buy electricity from a planned hydropower dam in Laos due to the negative environmental impacts, potentially throwing the controversial project into doubt. In comments to […]

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