Picture: the threatened Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos

April 14th, 2012


The spectacular Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos is at risk from a dam that would divert water from its flow.

Activism: dams on the Mekong River

March 17th, 2011

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Fishing on the Mekong. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

A coalition of NGOs, lacademics, journalists, artists and local people have started a petition against a series of dams planned by Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. According to the organization, the massive dams will upend the river’s biodiversity and undercut the livelihoods of local people.

According to the organization: “The Mekong River is under threat. The governments of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are considering plans to build 11 big hydropower dams on the river’s mainstream. If built, these dams would block major fish migrations and dramatically change the Mekong forever, placing at risk the food security and income of millions of people.”

Save the Mekong ‘s petition: Save the Mekong: Our River Feeds Millions.

Photo: world’s most threatened forest

February 3rd, 2011

Forest along the Nam Ou river in Laos

Forest along the Nam Ou river in Laos. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

Deforestation for a rubber plantation in Laos
Deforestation for a rubber plantation in Laos. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

Yesterday, Conservation International (CI) released a top 10 list of the world’s most threatened biodiverse forest. Number one were the forests of Indo-Burma, including Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), and parts of China and India. This landscape includes the forests in Laos picture above. Only 5% of these forests remain. Click here to find out what the other 9 threatened forests: From Cambodia to California: the world’s top 10 most threatened forests.

Pictures: Falling water on six continents

January 27th, 2011

NORTH AMERICA



Waterfall in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Photo by Rhett A. Butler



Forest waterfall in Arenal, Costa Rica. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

SOUTH AMERICA


Waterfall on the summit of Auyantepui, Venezuela. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.


Jungle waterfall in Suriname. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

EUROPE

Waterfall near Skogar in Iceland. Photo by Tina A. Butler.

ASIA


Tad Lo waterfall in Laos. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.


Waterfall on the island of Borneo, Malaysia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

AUSTRALIA


River and waterfalls on Cradle Mountain in Tasmanian, Australia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.


Waterfalls in Milford Sound New Zealand. Photo by Nancy Butler.

AFRICA

Small waterfall in Madagascar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.


Waterfall in Bwindi, Uganda. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

Picture: Young monk in Laos

January 8th, 2011


Young monk in Ban Houa Khong. Photo by Rhett A. Butler 2009

More pictures from Southern Laos.

Songbirds to eat

November 23rd, 2010

Coloful songbirds for sale as food in the Luang Prabang morning market

While attention in the bushmeat trade is often given to mammals, birds–such as these songbirds for sale as food in Laos–are also eaten in many parts of the world. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

Click to see more photos of the wildlife trade in Laos.

Related Article: Laos Emerges as Key Source in Asia’s Illicit Wildlife Trade.

Photo: the robes of monks

September 30th, 2010

Monk robes drying in the sun

Monk robes drying in the sun in Laos. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2009. More photos of the people of Laos.