NASA pioneers malaria-predicting technology in Myanmar

NASA is developing a new technique to forecast malaria outbreaks in Myanmar from space, as the emergence of new drug-resistant strains in Southeast Asia threatens efforts to wipe out the deadly disease globally. The goal of worldwide malaria eradication within a generation, by 2050, is “bold but attainable,” a report released this week in The Lancet argued. ...

Environment

Flooding in Kachin state displaces more than 1,000

Flooding in Kachin state displaces more than 1,000

Twenty-seven schools were closed and more than a thousand people displaced by flooding after the Irrawaddy river overran its banks in Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin state...

Deadly monsoon destroys 5,000 shelters in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Deadly monsoon destroys 5,000 shelters in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

At least 10 people have died and thousands of shanty homes have been destroyed by monsoon rains in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh’s southeast, officials...

Tree-pocalypse Now: Yangon fire dept deals with week of heavy rain (PICS)

Tree-pocalypse Now: Yangon fire dept deals with week of heavy rain (PICS)

If the storms that have battered Yangon in the past week have felt particularly violent, you’ve got terrific instincts. In a series of Facebook posts over the past two days, the...

Operation Hornet: City goes after nests following stinging death

Operation Hornet: City goes after nests following stinging death

Yangon authorities are scrambling to clear the city of hornets in the wake of a 60-year-old woman dying from multiple stings last week. Daw Aye Aye Than from North Dagon township...

Wheelie fun: Myanmar celebrates World Bicycle Day

Wheelie fun: Myanmar celebrates World Bicycle Day

Cyclists from around Myanmar took to the streets today for a little celebration of the two-wheeled kind — World Bicycle Day. Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts in Yangon, Bago,...

Body of young climber who fell to death on Mount Phangran recovered

Body of young climber who fell to death on Mount Phangran recovered

The body of 28-year-old Saint Htet, who tragically fell to her death last month only minutes after summiting Kachin State’s Mount Phangran, has been recovered. Rescue operations...

Yangon underwater by 2100? A real possibility, says climate change NGO

Yangon underwater by 2100? A real possibility, says climate change NGO

Record-breaking floods, stronger storms, unpredictable rainfall — none of it should come as a particular surprise considering Myanmar’s standing as one of the most...

Ruby rush: Myanmar gem hunters exploit law change

Ruby rush: Myanmar gem hunters exploit law change

Burrowing deep underground, thousands of informal miners risk their lives to find gleaming red gems as a law change spurs opportunity in Myanmar’s “land of...

Hidden in plain sight: Garbage mountain under Sanchaung street

Hidden in plain sight: Garbage mountain under Sanchaung street

You kind of need to see it to believe it, a pile of water bottles, plastic bags and discarded food large enough to fill a garbage truck — all found hiding just below the...


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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.