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A Tibetan Christmas in Yunnan

A Tibetan Christmas in Yunnan


Nestled on the banks of the Upper Mekong River — or Lancang (澜沧江) as it is known in China — are several Tibetan villages of mixed religion where Buddhist and Catholic families live together and often join in each other's ...

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Meet the Salween

Meet the Salween


I heard the name “Salween” before. I didn’t know exactly where it is. I knew it was somewhere close. Somehow its name portrays a feeling of fearless turbulence. Perhaps, it’s the sound of “S” and the rhyme between “ween” and a ...

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File photo of de-icing at the Kunming airport.

Kunming airport site of winter weather chaos


Winter weather bedeviled China's fourth largest airport last weekend. As with similar situations from the past few years, thousands of travelers experienced delays, flight cancellations and a general lack of up-to-date information regarding flight status in Kunming. Aboard one airplane, anger ...

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Letter to the Mekong River Commission on the Don Sahong Dam

Letter to the Mekong River Commission on the Don Sahong Dam


The following is a letter written by Mekong river expert and conservationist Alan Potkin submitted today to the Mekong River Commission's online stakeholder consultation concerning the Don Sahong dam.  The construction of the Don Sahong dam on the Mekong's Hou ...

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Regional Roundup: Week of 12.28.2014

Regional Roundup: Week of 12.28.2014


In what is normally a festive time of year, this last week has been one of shock, grief and solemn remembrance for many in Southeast Asia. On December 26th, countries around the region marked the ten year anniversary of the ...

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Seismicity & Sediment Flow in the Mekong River Basin

Seismicity & Sediment Flow in the Mekong River Basin


Understanding the geologic history of the upper Mekong basin is increasingly important for examining the effects of dam construction, both in terms of seismicity and sediment trapping.  The sediment regime of the river has been altered by the construction of ...

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