Environment


After each typhoon, earthquake or flood in disaster-prone Southeast Asia, well-meaning individuals and groups donate infant formula, not realising the dangers it can pose to children in a crisis, aid workers say.
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Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co, a Chinese state-controlled commodity trader, said the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) had signed its approval at a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw on March 29 – the last full day in office for U Thein Sein’s government.
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Local farmers in Kyaukphyu Township, Arakan State, plan a protest for next week Monday demanding compensation for land they say was damaged to make way for a contentious oil and gas pipeline laid by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
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A coalition of Arakanese environmental groups and political parties are hoping to collect 300,000 signatures to petition the national government to decentralize natural resource sharing.
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Manpang People’s Militia coerced leaders and residents of several villages to attend a meeting about coal excavations in Lashio district in northern Shan State. The militia led by Lit. Mon summoned the residents of Kwan Koot, Ho Nar, and Loi Nguen villages to Kwan Koot Monastery to discuss the militia’s involvement in excavating coal in Tanyang District.
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The New Mon State Party (NMSP) objected to the use of coal power for a cement factory in Mon State. Nai Win Hla, NMSP central executive committee member and officer-in-charge of Home Affairs, said the party has no problem with the building of the cement factory, but it’s against the use of coal power which will cause damage to the environment. He cautioned against big investments in Mon State until all conflicts between the government and ethnic armed groups are resolved.
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In October 2013, we commented on the need for the reform of agriculture and closely related fields, including veterinary science, in Myanmar (see “Agricultural Reform: It Don’t Come Easy”). In particular, we raised the urgent need to merge the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation with the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development. We also suggested reform of the training of graduates who support agricultural, veterinary and related fields by creating a comprehensive university to train them.
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Chinese state-controlled commodity trader Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co has won approval from the Myanmar government to build a long-planned $3 billion refinery in the Southeast Asian nation in partnership with local parties including the energy ministry, company executives said on Tuesday.
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Manpang People’s Militia coerced leaders and residents of several villages to attend a meeting about coal excavations in Lashio district in northern Shan State. The militia led by Lit. Mon summoned the residents of Kwan Koot, Ho Nar, and Loi Nguen villages to Kwan Koot Monastery to discuss the militia’s involvement in excavating coal in Tanyang District.
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Plans to build a 5,000 ton cement factory in Mi Kayin village in the Karen State’s Hpa-an Township has been halted after concern from locals. The announcement on March 30 came during a meeting with Karen Armed Group Unity Committee (KAGU) days after disgruntled villagers gathered for a public prayer service at the base of Mi Kayin Mountain.
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Chit Lin Myaing Company will scrap its plans to develop a 5,000-tonne cement factory in Mi Kayin village with the Chinese Yunnan provincial government, announced its owner, Colonel Saw Chit Thu of the border guard force.
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International and Burmese environmental organizations this week said Burma’s forest reserves are largely exhausted, calling for a moratorium on commercial logging and the dismantling or privatization of the state-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE).
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Hundreds of locals in the Karen State capital Hpa-an gathered on Tuesday to voice objections to a recently revived proposal there to develop a limestone quarry and cement factory, which was put on hold two years ago pending public consultation.
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Telenor continues to confront thorny health and safety issues in Myanmar, with an accident on one of its tower sites leading to two deaths and continued instances of child and underage labour cropping up.
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A massive influx in imported vehicles in recent years has contributed to deteriorating air quality in Yangon but information about pollution levels is yet to be released.
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Residents of Kahnyaw Village in Chaungzon Township face difficulties accessing clean water because a construction company building an approach road for a new Salween River bridge to Mawlamyine dumped waste into a pond.
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Rubber plantation workers in Mon State have been participating in a study that experts hope will contribute to the eradication of malaria in Myanmar in the next 15 years.
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According to reports, over 90 factories in the Mandalay Industrial Zone in Pyigyidagun Township, have been dumping waste water into the Dunawadi River, depriving villages situated downstream of drinkable water and causing health problems.
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Members of the Save the Salween Network gathered at Wan Sala village in Shan state’s Mong Ton township on 14 March to mark International Rivers Day and voice their opposition to a series of six dams set to be built on the Salween River, also known as the Thanlwin River. Of particular concern to the group of environmentalists and concerned citizens is the Mong Ton dam project, which if constructed in Shan State is expected to be South East Asia’s largest dam.
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Drought conditions linked to an El Niño climate pattern that the Meteorology Department says will be the strongest in five centuries are already bringing misery to residents of Myanmar’s central dry zone.
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