Brendan Brady reports on politics, human rights, business, religion, culture and environmental issues in Asia and the Pacific. He works in print, video, photography and radio.
Posts tagged "Environment"
Mekong: Rising Tide

Mekong: Rising Tide

Hydropower dams slated for the Mekong pit electricity rewards against the river's tremendous but vulnerable ecosystem, leaving the mighty river's fate in question.
The Mekong in Laos

The Mekong in Laos

The Mekong in Cambodia

The Mekong in Cambodia

These are pictures taken in and around Kratie, a town along the Mekong River in northeastern Cambodia. One of Cambodia’s proposed mainstream dams lies not far to the north and is controversial for the impact it could have on the river’s ecosystem.
Xayaburi Dam Stirs Tension Over Mekong Hydropower

Xayaburi Dam Stirs Tension Over Mekong Hydropower

Supporters of a controversial dam in one of Asia's poorest countries say it will bring huge economic benefits. Critics say it could threaten fisheries and rice cultivation, threatening the livelihoods of millions.
East Timor: Communities Left in Dark Over Controversial Power Plant

East Timor: Communities Left in Dark Over Controversial Power Plant

A cornerstone of the government's development plan is a promise to electrify every home in Timor-Leste within just a few years. But communities living in the shadow of the power plant supposed to jumpstart this transformation know little or nothing about its impact.
In Laos, A Tale of Two Dams

In Laos, A Tale of Two Dams

The Nam Theun 2 dam has gotten high marks for how its social and environmental impact was managed. The story of the Xayaburi dam, however, appears to be following a different course – one that critics say could accelerate the deterioration of one of the world’s most productive rivers.
In Laos, A Tale of Two Dams

In Laos, A Tale of Two Dams

The Nam Theun 2 dam has gotten high marks for how its social and environmental impact was managed. The story of the Xayaburi dam, however, appears to be following a different course – one that critics say could accelerate the deterioration of one of the world’s most productive rivers.
Invoking Buddha to Protect Forrests

Invoking Buddha to Protect Forrests

Monk Forest is one of 13 community forests totaling more than 250 square miles in Odder Meanchey province whose value in fighting climate change is being marketed in an international exchange of what are called avoided deforestation carbon credits.
Laos' Mekong Makeover

Laos’ Mekong Makeover

Laos is among the poorest and least developed countries in Asia, and its communist government contends that hydropower, along with revenues generated from exporting it, can underwrite much of the country's progress. However, environmentalists warn that Laos' nine proposed mainstream dams could be environmentally devastating.
Battle of the Jungle

Battle of the Jungle

Sorng Rukavorn forest became a prized prayer ground at the turn of the century, when a senior Buddhist monk sought an undisturbed location for his disciples. Instead of living in peaceful isolation, however, the monks have had to fend off illegal loggers and corrupt local officials.
Experience the Gibbon in Laos

Experience the Gibbon in Laos

If the Swiss family Robinson were beamed down to northern Laos, they might have come up with something like the Gibbon Experience. Guests live and sleep high in the jungle canopy, and spend the days searching for the elusive black crested gibbon.