Daily Archives: July 20, 2010

The Mekong – Mother River of Southeast Asia

The Mekong River is the Mother River of Southeast Asia. Millions of people rely on its natural resources for their survival and livelihood. But the river is now under the threat of destructive development. The Chiang Mai-based NGO, Living River … Continue reading

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Tap that water

AFRICA is the “underdammed” continent. It is the least irrigated and electrified, yet it uses only 3% of its renewable water, against 52% in South Asia. So there is plenty of scope for an African dam-building boom. Ghana long ago … Continue reading

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European flooding

Over the past month, heavy rainfall from different storms across parts of Europe has caused massive amounts of flooding – some water moving slowly across river plains and farmland, some moving swiftly through cities and villages. Dozens have lost their … Continue reading

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Three Gorges dam faces major flood test

China‘s Three Gorges dam faces its biggest test this week as rain storms threaten to swell upstream water levels beyond those that preceded the Yangtze’s last devastating flood in 1998. Flood control is one of the major objectives of the … Continue reading

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Canal chemical pollution levels “alarming,” says Greenpeace

Greenpeace claims two canals in Samut Prakan province – near an industrial zone and connected to the lower Chao Phya River – were tainted with hazardous chemicals at a level “high and alarming” enough to affect human hormones and cause … Continue reading

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China’s Instant Cities

This year China will add more than 17 million people to its urban population. To house this unprecedented wave of migration from the country side, cities like Shanghai and Guangzhou are building countless high-rise residential towers at breakneck speed. The … Continue reading

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Bangladesh, With Low Pay, Moves In on China

The eight-lane highway leading from the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, narrows repeatedly as it approaches this town about 30 miles north, eventually depositing cars onto a muddy, potholed lane bordered by mangroves and small shops. But this is no mere rural … Continue reading

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Ranchers and Drug Barons Threaten Rain Forest

Great sweeps of Guatemalan rain forest, once the cradle of one of the world’s great civilizations, are being razed to clear land for cattle-ranching drug barons. Other parts of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Central America’s largest protected area, have been burned down … Continue reading

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How does poverty exist in well-off NZ?

One of my enduring memories from 36 years of involvement in the social services is the sight, smell and sound of poverty during the six years my office opened into a foodbank reception area. It has given me a rather … Continue reading

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