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.

Here be stone dragons

January 25th, 2011

Stone dragons at Wat Phra That Pu Khaor

Stone dragons at Wat Phra That Pu Khaor in Thailand. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

Click to see more photos of Wats in Thailand.