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11 Jan 2020 Bangkok, Thailand
Water shortages in Thailand have become increasingly acute even in advance of the hottest season of the year which typically begins in March. The country’s Meteorological Department has warned that the worst drought in four decades is possible.This year’s El Nino climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean has shifted warmer air to Thailand causing temperatures to rise...
29 May 2019 YORK, United Kingdom
Researchers have found antibiotic pollution exceeding globally established “safe” levels in the world's rivers by as much as 300 times in some instances.Scientists looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics that are considered to be critically important in treating bacterial infections. An “unsafe” concentration implies an increased risk in human resistance to that antibiotic...
12 Jun 2017 NEW YORK NY, United States
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the Aral Sea, June 10 – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – and urged the world to take lessons from the catastrophe to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated...
2 Jun 2016 HANOI, Vietnam
Ongoing drought, saltwater intrusion and recent mass fish deaths have cost Vietnam some $680 million USD in agricultural and aquaculture losses, the country’s Department of Agricultural Economics said this week in its latest report.The areas most affected are in the southeastern and south central regions of the country, as well as the central highlands and the Mekong Delta...
16 May 2016 SINGAPORE
In a forum at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore earlier this month, Kwanten Polytechnic University Professor Ross Pink offered his insights on key water issues in India and China, as well as other countries in Asia, and looked at innovations around water that can increase the supply...
10 May 2016 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam
The United Nations has offered assistance to Vietnam in dealing with the effects of severe drought and saline intrusion in the southern and central parts of the country.Following his fact-finding trip to Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region last week, UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said the United Nations would allocate $48...
28 Apr 2016 HANOI, Vietnam
The Vietnamese government, the United Nations and partners this week launched an urgent appeal for $48.5 million USD in international aid to alleviate food and water shortages affecting millions of people in the drought-stricken country.At least 2 million people in southern and central Vietnam lack clean water, and 1...
27 Jan 2016 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
Two Cambodian activists who were detained this week while photographing construction work at the site of Laos’ Don Sahong Dam said river water in the region is contaminated.Brothers Chum Hout and Chum Huor, both members of NGO Youth for Social and Environmental Protection, were taken into custody by Laotian authorities and questioned for over an hour...
8 Dec 2015 STANFORD, CA, United States
Building dams and other infrastructure that affect the hydrology of a region, or changing agricultural practices, could affect the release of arsenic into groundwater, according to a new study by Stanford University scientists.The study, “Arsenic release metabolically limited to permanently water-saturated soil in Mekong Delta,” published last week in the journal Nature Geoscience, could guide future land management and development in Southeast Asia, where arsenic contamination of water sources is a widespread problem...
13 Nov 2015 JINGHONG
Foreign ministers from the six countries along the Lancang-Mekong river met for the first time to frame a cooperation mechanism. They agreed to launch significant projects to enhance water resources, public health, poverty alleviation and infrastructure.
13 Aug 2014 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
Cambodian health officials have warned of a risk of diarrhea, malaria and dengue outbreaks among people displaced by recent floods.Dr. Char Meng Chou, director of the Cambodian Ministry of Health’s anti-malaria center, noted that the areas to which people had been relocated lacked toilets and basic plumbing, which could contribute to the spread of disease...
8 Aug 2014 PHNOM PENH
Floods have hit Cambodian provinces along the Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake since last week, killing 12 people, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday. "So far, floods have killed 12 people," he said during the closing ceremony of the annual conference of the Cambodian Red Cross. The prime minister appealed to dwellers along the rivers to be extra vigilant and ordered local authorities to work closely with the Cambodian Red Cross to assist flood-affected families...