100 million-year-old flower species discovered in Myanmar amber

One day, in a rainforest on a content that no longer exists, a Triceratops or a Tyrannosaurus rex may have bumped into a tree, knocking seven little flowers into a glob of tree resin, which fossilized into amber, preserving the flowers for the next 100 million years. Over that time, the world changed, species died ...

Environment

Pagoda breaks off and sinks into river due to heavy rainfall (VIDEO)

Pagoda breaks off and sinks into river due to heavy rainfall (VIDEO)

Rising floodwaters have swallowed a Buddhist pagoda in central Myanmar and sent tens of thousands fleeing their homes, as the government warned of more heavy rains ahead. Dramatic...

73 killed by lightning in Myanmar since April

73 killed by lightning in Myanmar since April

Lightning strikes have killed 73 people in Myanmar since April, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement announced in the military-run Myawady Daily newspaper on...

PHOTOS: This is how you defeat rainy season

PHOTOS: This is how you defeat rainy season

Look, we all know how gross and wet this time of year can get. When you’re out there trying to walk home through four inches of water, sometimes you have to get a bit creative....

ADB warns climate change ‘disastrous’ for Asia, especially Myanmar

ADB warns climate change ‘disastrous’ for Asia, especially Myanmar

A business-as-usual approach to climate change will be “disastrous”  for Asia, undoing much of the phenomenal economic growth that has helped it make vast inroads...

Myanmar eyes ratifying Paris climate agreement

Myanmar eyes ratifying Paris climate agreement

Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, along with other Union-level agencies, submitted a proposal to parliament yesterday recommending the...

Battling drugs and commercial fishing boats, Myanmar’s ‘sea gypsies’ struggle to make a living

Battling drugs and commercial fishing boats, Myanmar’s ‘sea gypsies’ struggle to make a living

By Athens Zaw Zaw With a swift breath the teenage boy dives into the turquoise waters of southern Myanmar, a spear clutched in his hand, but below him lies nothing but a graveyard...

PHOTOS: This is how much garbage is clogging up the sewers under just one Yangon street

PHOTOS: This is how much garbage is clogging up the sewers under just one Yangon street

We all know that littering is a big problem in Yangon (to say the very least). However, since the majority of littered trash just ends up in the city’s sewers, it’s...

Ayeyawady farmers are struggling to keep out South American rice-eating snails

Ayeyawady farmers are struggling to keep out South American rice-eating snails

South American apple snails have destroyed hundreds of acres of farmland in Ayeyawady Region since they first appeared in the area in 2013, including a reported 900 this year,...

Hundreds trapped by clashes in gold country

Hundreds trapped by clashes in gold country

Around 655 miners and their families are trapped in Tanai Township as escape routes are blocked by ongoing clashes between the Myanmar Defense Services (Tatmadaw) and the Kachin...


 

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.