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Laos Pushes Forward With Seventh Mekong River Dam Project
April 29, 2022

Laos Pushes Forward With Seventh Mekong River Dam Project

By Sebastian Strangio
The Phou Ngoy dam is one of nine hydropower projects that the Lao government is planning on the mainstream of the Mekong River.

Troubled Waters in the Mekong Region
April 28, 2022

Troubled Waters in the Mekong Region

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with journalist Abby Seiff about the challenges facing Cambodia's Tonle Sap lake.
A Perfect Dry: The Mekong River Enters its Fourth Year of Drought
February 11, 2022

A Perfect Dry: The Mekong River Enters its Fourth Year of Drought

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Brian Eyler of the Stimson Center.

Mekong River Commission Calls for Improved Hydropower Data Sharing
July 01, 2021

Mekong River Commission Calls for Improved Hydropower Data Sharing

By Sebastian Strangio
The past two years have seen water levels on the lower Mekong rise and full unpredictably.

Mekong Takes on Bluish Tinge as Water Levels Again Fall
February 16, 2021

Mekong Takes on Bluish Tinge as Water Levels Again Fall

By Sebastian Strangio
The fall in water levels has again raised questions about the activities of Chinese dam engineers upstream.

‘Not Sufficient’: Thailand Rejects Report on Lao Hydropower Dam
January 26, 2021

‘Not Sufficient’: Thailand Rejects Report on Lao Hydropower Dam

By Sebastian Strangio
The Sanakham dam is one of seven mega-dams that the landlocked country is planning, in defiance of environmental and economic sense.

China Belatedly Notifies Mekong Nations of River Disruption
January 08, 2021

China Belatedly Notifies Mekong Nations of River Disruption

By Sebastian Strangio
The notification came several days after locals in Thailand detected a one-meter drop in the river's level.
Mekong Levels Reportedly Plummet Due to Chinese Dam Activity
January 06, 2021

Mekong Levels Reportedly Plummet Due to Chinese Dam Activity

By Sebastian Strangio
The level of the river in northern Thailand reportedly dropped by more than a meter in 48 hours.

Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?
December 23, 2020

Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?

By Tom Fawthrop
Another Mekong dam project threatens to cost the former royal capital its UNESCO World Heritage status.

Amid US Criticisms, China Offers Mekong Nations Access to Crucial River Data
October 23, 2020

Amid US Criticisms, China Offers Mekong Nations Access to Crucial River Data

By Sebastian Strangio
The move is a welcome development for downstream nations, but only underlines China's strategic hold over the crucial waterway.

The Last Farewell to the Mighty Mekong
September 02, 2020

The Last Farewell to the Mighty Mekong

By Tom Fawthrop
The shrinking Tonle Sap, the river's “beating heart,” is the latest wake-up call of the damage wrought by dams.
China, Southeast Asian Leaders Meet to Discuss the Mekong’s Plight
August 25, 2020

China, Southeast Asian Leaders Meet to Discuss the Mekong’s Plight

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation leaders' meeting discussed the river's dire situation -- and also pushed for a new trade corridor.

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