Environment


Local residents have expressed concerns about the social and environmental threats that the coal power plant could pose.  (more…)

As revelers gather at Inle Lake in Shan State to celebrate the famed Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival, another group of concerned volunteers has teamed up to do the dirty work: picking up trash generated by the thousands of people that flock to the lake for the event. (more…)

An update to the Merchant Shipping Act with clauses to tackle pollution from cargo ships has been sent to the Attorney-General ahead of its formal submission to parliament, says an official from the Ministry of Transport. (more…)

Local people in Kalay town in Sagaing Region staged a protest yesterday, calling for a ban on construction of a coal-fired power plant and a supply of electricity from the national grid. (more…)

The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry is unable to control the illegal timber trade despite the export ban on raw logs imposed on April 1, its minister admitted in Parliament on September 17. (more…)

Irrawaddy Division officials and a Burmese construction company met with residents of villages in Nga Yoke Kaung Township last weekend to inform of them of a plan to build a 300-megawatt coal-firedpower plant in the coastal region. (more…)

According to reports by the Irrawaddy magazine, the Myanmar Minister of Energy recently claimed that Myanmar is hoping to become the country with most solar power usage in the world. (more…)

Burmese Vice- President Nyan Htun has raised concerns about energy consumption in Burma.
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Oil Mountain, Myanmar—The mood at a ramshackle bar in this village on Ramree Island, in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State, is one of fatalism punctuated by the occasional comic trope.
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Academics from Burma, China and Thailand gathering in Burma’s Mon State this week raised concerns about ongoing plans to build six dams on the Thanlwin River.
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The British environmental NGO Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been cooperating with the Burmese subsidiary of China Power Investment (CPI)—the Chinese company that was building the controversial Myitsone Dam—to establish a national park in Kachin State in order to protect a rare species of monkey called the Burmese snub-nosed monkey. However, it’s unclear whether this rare monkey species will thrive in the park because most of the area’s natural forest habitat has been cleared by logging interests.
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Lampi Island, Myanmar – Off a remote, glimmering beach in Myanmar backed by a lush tropical forest, Julia Tedesco skims the crystalline waters with mask and fins, looking for coral and fish life.
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Thousands of people in eastern Burma are urgently in need of drinking water after the area’s lakes and wells were polluted by floodwater last week.
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Each year, as Burma’s monsoon season reaches its peak, stories of inundated fields, homes and entire villages pour into the DVB newsroom. Poor drainage systems and a chronic lack of preparedness leave much of the country — urban and rural alike — highly vulnerable to storm damage and the unsanitary conditions that come with prolonged floodwater stagnation.
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The illegal logging of rosewood in Myanmar and throughout the region highlights the challenge of preservation in the absence of adequate enforcement.
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Residents raise environmental, health concerns
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The palm oil sector may be set for a take-off in southern Myanmar, but experts are divided on whether the controversial crop can be sustainable in the long term.
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Burmese tree species tamalan and padauk are disappearing at an extremely rapid pace as Chinese traders have begun targeting their high-value wood, and the species could be logged to extinction in Burma within as little as three years, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has warned.
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Burma and the Netherlands resumed water management cooperation in 2013 after a hiatus of some 25 years. During a recent visit by the Dutch minister of infrastructure and transport, both sides expanded the cooperation and revealed plans for a joint US$20 million pilot project to improve use of the Irrawaddy River.
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Lower House speaker Thura Shwe Mann has urged the government to explain its plans to build six controversial hydro-power projects on the Thanlwin River.
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