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  • 15 Dec 2014- 10:36 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China Up to 7,600 square kilometers of China’s glaciers have been lost since the 1950s, an 18 percent reduction, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In its second catalog of the nation’s glaciers, released on December 14th, the
  • 25 Aug 2014- 10:25 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China China has spent nearly $5 billion USD on more than 1,000 water infrastructure projects in the Tibet Autonomous Region over the last 20 years, according to data from the country’s Ministry of Water Resources. Altogether, the projects have
  • 29 Apr 2014- 10:09 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed this week that 50 percent of tap water supplied in 113 large cities across the country did not meet national water quality standards. No data were available for the thousands of other,
  • 28 Apr 2014- 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China Chinese legislators last week passed amendments to the country’s environmental protection law for the first time in 25 years. The amendments were approved following two years of debate by the Standing Committee of the National People’s
  • 19 Dec 2013- 10:03 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China The Chinese government this week announced plans to strengthen environmental protections in the Sanjiangyuan region of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, in order to protect the sources of several important rivers. Sanjiangyuan means “source of
  • The Laotian government last week invited journalists to the site of the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam for tours, interviews, and the release of a report all claiming that the Mekong River dam will not harm the basin’s environment, because potential issues will be mitigated through design and construction.
  • Laotian authorities last week signed an updated eight-year-old deal with Russian investor Regional Oil for construction of three hydropower projects on Mekong River tributaries.
  • Ministers from member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and donors started a two-day meeting in Luang Prabang Laos on January 16. The meeting comes two months after Laos launched a major dam project on the trans-boundary river despite MRC objections, but Cambodia and Vietnam, the two downstream countries that stand to suffer the most from the dam, have not asked to have the issue raised at the meeting.
  • On the same day that Thailand’s government come out in support of Laos’ decision to immediately begin construction of the controversial Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong River, international environmental NGO WWF issued a warning that construction puts environment and livelihoods in “grave danger.”
  • Finland’s government has declared its intention to scrutinize the role of Finnish engineering firm the Pöyry Group in the divisive Xayaburi Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in Laos.
  • 27 Aug 2012- 09:59 by Local Press Report BEIJING Manila Bulletin China begun building sewage and waste disposal facilities on a disputed South China Sea (West Philippines Sea) island, state media said Monday, a move likely to stoke a growing territorial row with its neighbors. The report in the
  • Environmental conservation groups, including WWF and International Rivers, have come out in the last week with criticism over a new Laotian government report that claims a redesigned Xayaburi Dam will address all the environmental problems associated with its construction.
  • Tensions are rising again over the proposed Thai-funded Xayaburi Dam project in Laos. Last December in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Mekong River Commission Council, representing Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, debated the 1,260-megawatt dam’s future. Delegates decided that a fuller study of the dam’s impact was needed before further development.
  • 12 Jul 2010- 20:58 by Local Press Report vientiane, laos MCOT (Thailand) Dams on Lao tributaries of the Mekong River do not affect low water levels currently in the Mekong River, according to Laos' Minister of Energy and Mines Soulivong Daravong. He said Laos would abide by international

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