Myanmar makes record seizures of illegal timber

Myanmar seized a record amount of illegal timber this financial year as part of a government clampdown to protect the country’s rapidly disappearing forests, a senior official said on Wednesday. Forest ministry director Tin Tun said authorities had confiscated 40,000 tonnes of timber since April 2016, months before the newly elected government issued a nationwide ban

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Up close with the residents of the Twante Snake Temple [PHOTOS]

A warm(er) winter might be headed our way

Great news for all you summer-lovers in Myanmar: this winter might just be hotter than past years, according to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. “Temperatures...

A warm(er) winter might be headed our way

Testing to continue on Yangon’s polluted groundwater

The Green Motherland Development Association plans to continue its research on chemical and saltwater contamination in Yangon’s groundwater, representatives said at a press...

Testing to continue on Yangon’s polluted groundwater

What’s with all the blackouts?

This report is coming at you from a puddle of sweat in downtown Yangon. Like many Yangon residents, Kelly Tuppen began questioning her life decisions after two...

What’s with all the blackouts?

Small cyclone expected to hit Myanmar coast

Myanmar’s Weather Forecast Department has warned that a low-pressure region in the Bay of Bengal may become a small cyclone. The low-pressure region has been developing since...

Small cyclone expected to hit Myanmar coast

Myanmar’s peacock: a national symbol dying off in the wild

Rampant poaching and habitat loss under decades of military rule have slashed Myanmar's peacock

Myanmar’s peacock: a national symbol dying off in the wild

Rangers face violent loggers to save Bago’s shrinking forests

As the NLD government steps up efforts to protect Myanmar’s forests, officers in the Bago Mountain Range face off with increasingly violent

Rangers face violent loggers to save Bago’s shrinking forests

In Mon State, expanding quarries threaten farms

The number of quarries in Mon State is quickly increasing and locals say authorities fail to regulate their environmental impact on

In Mon State, expanding quarries threaten farms

Inside Yangon’s surprisingly efficient recycling system

Hard to see but it's

Inside Yangon’s surprisingly efficient recycling system

Myanmar thirsts for bottled water, but quality leaves bad taste

Rising demand for purified drinking water has led to a proliferation of brands, some unlicensed and lacking hygiene

Myanmar thirsts for bottled water, but quality leaves bad taste

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.