Positive Environmental Trends in Asia Worth Noting

Radio Free Asia – When it came to Asia’s natural environment during the year just past, this commentator tended to emphasize negative trends. Rising sea levels threatening coastlines in the Mekong Delta, for example, and scientists’ predictions that Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City will be partly underwater by 2050. In the meantime, recent developments have been less than Read More…

Southeast Asia’s most critical river is entering uncharted waters

National Geographic – For months now, a single, rare Irrawaddy river dolphin, apparently entangled in a fishing net and disoriented, has been spotted in Southeast Asia’s struggling Mekong River, far from its normal habitat in northern Cambodia. Conservationists are scrambling to come up with a plan to help the critically endangered animal before it’s too late, but time is running Read More…

NASA Satellite Images Show Mekong River Change From Brown To Green

International Business Times – NASA and the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Landsat 8 satellite captured images of the Mekong river before and after it turned from its signature brown to an unusual aquamarine color. According to authorities, it is possible for the green color to persist until the flood season. The Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 captured images of the Read More…

Young scientist behind more than 50 internationally-published…

Viet Nam News – Born to a farming family in the Mekong Delta’s Tiền Giang Province, a young scientist was determined to pursue his passion for aquaculture. Trần Ngọc Tuấn won the 2019 Golden Globe Awards for his research on fishery biotech. The awards, which are given out annually by the Việt Nam Youth Union and Ministry of Science and Technology, aim to discover new Read More…

Lao dam impact on dolphin migration highlighted

Khmer Times – Sub-national officials and communities in the province are concerned about the impact of Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam on the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin population in the downstream Mekong River. According to Reuters, the dam began operations and connected its power grid to the Kingdom earlier this month to curb electricity outages. On Wednesday provincial Read More…

The Mekong Delta, where life revolves around rivers

The Canberra Times – It's early on a Saturday morning and the sun is only just starting to rise when I wake in my room beside the Hua River, in the Mekong Delta. But in this region of southwestern Vietnam, this is no time for a lazy sleep-in. I need to be on a boat to the area's largest floating market by 7am, or risk missing the peak of trading activity and having fresh local Read More…

‘No fish’: How dams and climate change are choking Asia’s great…

Los Angeles Times – For more than half a century, January meant prime fishing season for Pang Bin. He took his wooden boat out into Cambodia’s largest lake, his catches and their sales sustaining his family for much of the year. This month, the 75-year-old decided to call it quits, but not because of age or any health concerns. “No fish,” he shrugged. “Just very, very poor. Read More…

Green algae, blue water add to fears over health of Southeast…

Successful Farming – When the normally murky brown Mekong River turned a brilliant blue late last year, villagers in northeastern Thailand were surprised. Then, this week, unusually large patches of green algae appeared, clogging up nets and making it almost impossible to fish. Both the Mekong's strange colour and the algae have heightened worries about the health of the river that Read More…

Ten notable natural resources and environment events of Vietnam in…

Nhan Dan – Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha recently signed a decision to announce the ten most talked-about events of Vietnam’s natural resources and environment sector in 2019. Accordingly, among the environmental issues of the past year, the Da River water contamination was the most serious incident that received a “red alert” from Read More…

Vietnam calls for fair, sustainable use of Mekong River resources

VN Express – Vietnam has asked all riparian countries of the Mekong River to act together in using its water and other resources in a fair and sustainable manner. "We believe that along with the legitimate interests in utilizing the water resources of the Mekong River for development, countries need to have a mutual responsibility in using the water source and resources fairly and Read More…