Environment


Arsenic above the safe levels permitted for human consumption has been found in groundwater in Arakan State and Ayeyawady and Bago divisions.
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Mandalay Region is bracing for a possible drought caused by El Niño this upcoming summer, according to the region’s supervisory committee for efficient water use in agriculture, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 2 February.
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A Thai cement factory in Mon State is allegedly building a coal-burning power plant on-site without informing locals or authorities, according to rights activists concerned about the project’s potential environmental effects.
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A new report on Myanmar’s inland fish farms highlights a number of issues preventing the industry from reaching its potential, including land use regulations and a near-monopoly on feed.
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The number of severely malnourished children has spiked in northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, a European Union agency said, after floods six months ago dealt a new blow to an area home to a persecuted population with little access to basic services.
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A Burmese company, backed by the Chinese government is preparing to test mineral sands on the Arakan coast to see if they can be used to produce Titanium and Aluminium.
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At least a dozen gems prospectors are missing after a fresh landslide on Monday in Kachin State’s Hpakant jade mining region, the latest in a series of deadly incidents.
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As man-made threats contribute to the yearly decline of Burma’s Irrawaddy dolphin population, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Myanmar is set to survey the species’ remaining numbers in early February.
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Myanmar’s first report under the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has provided levels of disclosure on companies’ activities “unthinkable” just a few years ago, NGOs and civil society organisations said. But they also see it as only a first step in pulling back the curtain on how Myanmar’s natural resources are managed.
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Civil society groups met with the Chin State government on Wednesday in the state capital Hakha to discuss ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by severe flooding last year.
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The year 2015 was the warmest since 1880, according to a joint statement released on Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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To achieve a goal of the full electrification of Myanmar by year 2030, the government is planning on a significant increase in coal-fired power plants.
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Whatever steps the incoming government may be contemplating to spur investment, agricultural experts see little improvement in the short term for rice cultivation. Even long-term development will be a drawn-out struggle, said Myanmar Rice Federation general secretary U Ye Aung.
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From the dispassionate eye of a satellite in space, the area around Hpakant, a town in Myanmar’s Kachin state, looks like a dry brown moonscape in a sea of green.
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The German Government has committed 10 million euro additional grants for flood-affected areas in northern Myanmar.
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Some 300 locals in Kanbauk village, in Tenasserim Division’s Yebyu Township, staged a protest on Monday accusing a company of reckless mining in the area.
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“I would not exchange my betel nut plantation for a dam,” Kalonehtar villager Han Htay said one sunny day earlier this month, speaking at his home in southeastern Burma’s Tenasserim Division.
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Students of the Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction training college on the outskirts of Yangon sit patiently listening in an open humid room, their tools stacked under their chairs.
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The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) issued new procedures yesterday for evaluating the environmental impact of local projects, as well as new guidelines on emissions.
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A landslide near a jade mine in northern Myanmar has killed a worker, in the fourth accident of its type in less than two months in the lucrative but dangerous industry.
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