State Counselor Suu Kyi encourages citizens to ‘widen perspective’ on controversial dam

Yesterday, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi encouraged residents of Pyay Township in Bago Region who are concerned about the possible resumption of the controversial Myitsone dam project to “widen their perspective,” despite widespread opposition to the unpopular project and its potentially disastrous environmental consequences. “I would like you think about the issue from multiple ...

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Red betel nut stains cause alarm in South Korea

Red betel nut stains cause alarm in South Korea

South Koreans living in an Incheon neighborhood where a group of Burmese have recently carved out a little enclave were at first perplexed, then worried. What were the little red...

#CleanMyanmar is Myanmar’s answer to the #TrashTag Challenge

#CleanMyanmar is Myanmar’s answer to the #TrashTag Challenge

Well that didn’t take long. Within days after mentions of the so-called #TrashTag Challenge began cropping up online, Myanmar has gotten in on the act. And as social media...

Rights group slams new land law, says Myanmar’s poor, displaced most at risk

Rights group slams new land law, says Myanmar’s poor, displaced most at risk

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on the Myanmar government to halt the implementation of a controversial land management plan they say could potentially turn millions of...

Two girls visiting waterfall in Kayin State die after falling 60m

Two girls visiting waterfall in Kayin State die after falling 60m

Two young girls, both 19, died after falling from the top of a waterfall in Myanmar’s south-eastern Kayin state, according to state media. On Monday, the Global New Light of...

Myanmar’s government has finally confirmed that it’s forming a coast guard

Myanmar’s government has finally confirmed that it’s forming a coast guard

After months of teasing and deliberation, Myanmar’s government finally announced, through a statement published on Tuesday via the Ministry of Transport and Communications...

Kachin residents ‘won’t change mind’ about Chinese dam, KDP leader claims

Kachin residents ‘won’t change mind’ about Chinese dam, KDP leader claims

In the wake of a Chinese embassy statement yesterday suggesting that residents of Kachin State do not oppose the controversial Myitsone dam — a US$3.6 billion project in...

Reuters journalists who exposed massacre appeal 7-year sentence

Reuters journalists who exposed massacre appeal 7-year sentence

Lawyers lodged an appeal Monday to free two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, decrying the sentence as a “mistake”...

Weather Advisory: New law will tackle ‘fake’ meteorological news

Weather Advisory: New law will tackle ‘fake’ meteorological news

Cloudy with a chance of lawsuits? That seemed to be the prediction from Myanmar’s Meteorology and Hydrology Department this week when they spoke to the BBC’s Burmese-language...

Weather Update: Monsoon’s Not Over

Weather Update: Monsoon’s Not Over

Don’t put away those umbrellas just yet. The rest of November in Yangon is going to stay wetter than usual thanks to expected tropical depressions, the Department of Meteorology...


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Coconuts Yangon Environment

The environment is an important issue in Myanmar and one to watch closely. Like other countries in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is at risk of deforestation even as the government has tried to stop exporting timber in recent years to stem the tide. The planned construction of major dam projects also has observers concerned about environmental impact in different states. Many areas rich in minerals and gems such as jade and ruby are a source for environmental damage, labor abuse and conflict.