NGOs condemn Thai defamation suit against journalist’s report on Dawei mine

By Nang Mya Nadi Eighty Burmese and Thai civil society organizations issued a joint statement this week calling for the withdrawal of lawsuits filed against The Nation and one of the newspaper’s journalists, whose reporting on a Thai company’s mining venture in Dawei described the damage that the operation was causing to local livelihoods and the environment.

Environment

Myanmar’s new coal-fired power plants could kill 280,000 people

Myanmar’s plans to grow the country’s desperately needed but polluting coal-fired power plants could kill more than a quarter of a million people in the coming...

Myanmar’s new coal-fired power plants could kill 280,000 people

Annual potential Inle Lake drought no longer likely this year

Great news for Inle Lake residents (and tourists) — while several villagers were worried that the lake would face another annual drought this summer, authorities have...

Annual potential Inle Lake drought no longer likely this year

Two new gecko species discovered amidst increasingly dwindling Tanintharyi rainforests

Scientists have discovered two new species of geckos in the proposed Lenya National Park — currently the Lenya and Nga Wun Reserve Forests — located in the country’s...

Two new gecko species discovered amidst increasingly dwindling Tanintharyi rainforests

China may abandon Myitsone Dam in exchange for other Myanmar goodies

The stalemate between Myanmar and China over the controversial Myitsone Dam may soon come to end as China has signaled a willingness to drop the $3.6 billion project in exchange...

China may abandon Myitsone Dam in exchange for other Myanmar goodies

Russian billionaire’s superyacht built using illegal Burmese teak

A German shipyard has built a super-fancy superyacht for a Russian billionaire using illegal timber from Myanmar, claims a senior prosecutor in the German town of Kiel. Prosecutor...

Russian billionaire’s superyacht built using illegal Burmese teak

Make your city beautiful. Support the Yangon Alley Garden project.

Yangon is a city full of treasures, says development consultant Emilie Röell, but some of these treasures are hidden from sight. Since 2015, she and a team of immigrants and...

Make your city beautiful. Support the Yangon Alley Garden project.

No upcoming major earthquakes: seismologists

Earthquake experts say they don’t expect any upcoming major earthquakes from the fault that caused Monday night’s 5.1-magnitude quake because the fault had previously been...

No upcoming major earthquakes: seismologists

YCDC to take legal action against Pabedan litterbugs

The Pabedan township municipality filed a suit yesterday against residents who were caught throwing trash from their apartments onto the township’s back alleyways, specifically...

YCDC to take legal action against Pabedan litterbugs

24 injured in Monday night earthquake

Monday night’s 5.1-magnitude earthquake damaged several homes and religious buildings near Taikkyi Township in northern Yangon Region. 24 people – seven men and 17 women –...

24 injured in Monday night earthquake

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.