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About Michael
Michael Sullivan is a journalist based in Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand. First and foremost radio journalist, also print.

Rough work history:
2011-2017 Mostly freelance, frequent contributor from Southeast Asia for National Public Radio (NPR) U.S. Covering Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Also contributor to Nikkei Asian Review and others

2003 to 2010 Senior Asia Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR) based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Covering region with occasional trips to war zones and disaster areas in the Middle East and South Asia

1998-2003 Senior Asia Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR) based in New Delhi, Islamabad and Kabul.  Main responsibilities covering politics and conflict in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, also reported from Middle East and other areas as assigned

1995-2003 Senior Producer, Foreign Desk, National Public Radio (NPR). Reported and produced stories with reporters from around the globe at various NPR bureaus. Reported and produced stories from over 50 countries. 

1993-1995 Executive Producer, All Things Considered, National Public Radio flagship evening news program based in Washington, D.C. 

1991-1993 London reporter, National Public Radio 

1986-1991 Producer, All Things Considered, National Public Radio flagship evening news program based in Washington, D.C. 

Three Overseas Press Club Awards for work in Bosnia, Haiti and Vietnam
One Robert F. Kennedy Award for work in Bosnia.
Three Peabody Awards (shared) for coverage of Gulf War and War in Afghanistan
Languages
English
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Fact Checking
Skills
War Reporter Fact Checking
Portfolio

Tension rises between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea

16 Mar 2024  |  www.kawc.org
Heightened tensions between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea have led to confrontations involving the Chinese and Philippine coast guards. The Philippines, under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has adopted a more assertive stance, including joint patrols with the U.S. and other allies. Experts suggest that while neither China nor the U.S. seeks conflict, the ongoing confrontations risk escalating into a major crisis. The situation reflects broader geopolitical dynamics, including the Philippines' strategic alliances and China's multiple regional disputes.

Tension rises between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea

16 Mar 2024  |  KUAC.org
Heightened tensions between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea have led to confrontations, including a recent collision and water cannon incident involving Chinese and Philippine vessels. The Philippines, under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has adopted a strategy of 'assertive transparency' and increased military cooperation with the U.S. and other allies. Experts suggest that while neither China nor the U.S. seeks conflict, the ongoing situation risks escalating into a major crisis. The Philippines is also diversifying its security arrangements due to concerns about U.S. reliability and economic coercion by China.

Tension rises between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea

16 Mar 2024  |  www.kaxe.org
Heightened tensions between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea have led to confrontations involving the Chinese and Philippine coast guards. The Philippines, under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has adopted a strategy of 'assertive transparency' by documenting Chinese aggression and enhancing military cooperation with the U.S. and other allies. Experts suggest that while neither China nor the U.S. seeks a direct conflict, the ongoing confrontations risk escalating into a major crisis. The situation reflects broader geopolitical dynamics, including the Philippines' strategic positioning and concerns over U.S. reliability.

Tension rises between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea

16 Mar 2024  |  wqln.org
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to meet with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Manila amidst escalating tensions between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea. A recent incident involved a Chinese coast guard vessel colliding with a Philippine resupply boat and another being hit by a water cannon. The Philippines has increased its assertiveness in the region, conducting joint patrols with the U.S. and Australia, and seeking partnerships with other nations like France. China accuses the U.S. of using the Philippines as a pawn, while Philippine experts emphasize the country's own strategic interests. The U.S. is obligated to defend the Philippines under a mutual defense treaty, but experts suggest neither China nor the U.S. desire a direct conflict, despite the risks of escalation with each encounter.

Tension rises between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea

16 Mar 2024  |  kdll.org
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to meet with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Manila amidst escalating tensions between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea. A recent incident involved a collision and water cannon attack by Chinese coast guard vessels on Philippine resupply boats. The Philippines has increased its assertiveness in the region, conducting joint patrols with the U.S. and other allies, and seeking economic support to counter potential Chinese economic coercion. China criticizes U.S. involvement, while experts suggest neither China nor the U.S. desire a conflict, despite the risk of accidental escalation.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.knau.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by the Wonders of the Mekong Project and concerns from experts highlight the critical situation. The potential impact on millions relying on the river for food and the questionable benefits of hydropower projects in the region are emphasized.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  Connecticut Public
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by the Wonders of the Mekong Project and concerns from local and international experts highlight the urgent need for sustainable solutions to protect the river and its communities.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.kmuw.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness about the river's value. Experts warn that further dam construction could lead to rapid ecological collapse, affecting millions who rely on the river for sustenance.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  kenw.org
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step, but Laos's planned Phou Ngoy dam could devastate the ecosystem, including the migration to Tonle Sap Lake. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is working to conserve the river's unique species, such as the giant freshwater stingray. However, regional energy policies, particularly Laos's ambition to become the 'battery of Southeast Asia' and Thailand's power purchase agreements, pose significant risks to the river's health and the millions reliant on its resources.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  listen.sdpb.org
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step, but Laos's planned Phou Ngoy dam could devastate the region's fishery and ecosystem. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is working to preserve the river's unique species, including a record-breaking giant stingray. Experts from the Stimson Center and International Rivers express concerns over the impact of hydropower development on the Mekong's biodiversity and the millions relying on it for food.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  kdlg.org
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's recent cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step, but concerns remain over Laos' Phou Ngoy dam project, which could devastate the Mekong fishery and affect millions reliant on the river. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by University of Nevada's Zeb Hogan, is working to preserve the river's unique species, including the record-breaking 661-pound stingray caught by Moul Thon. Experts like Brian Eyler from the Stimson Center warn of the dire consequences of dam construction, while advocacy groups like International Rivers, represented by Pianporn Deetes, question the legitimacy of new power purchase agreements. The resilience of the Mekong is evident, but its future remains uncertain.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  nprillinois.org
The Mekong River, crucial for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from dam construction and climate change. Cambodia's decision to cancel two proposed dams is a positive step, but Laos's plans for the Phou Ngoy dam could have devastating effects on the region's fishery and millions of people dependent on the river. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is working to understand and preserve the river's unique ecosystem, recently saving and tracking a record-breaking giant stingray. However, the future of the Mekong and its communities remains uncertain as Laos continues to pursue hydropower projects, despite financial setbacks, and Thailand's energy surplus and power purchase agreements pose additional risks.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  kvpr.org
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step, but Laos's planned Phou Ngoy dam could devastate the ecosystem, including the migration to Tonle Sap Lake. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is working to preserve the river's unique species, evidenced by the recent release of a record-breaking giant stingray. However, Laos's hydropower ambitions and Thailand's energy purchases from Mekong dams pose ongoing risks.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  wrur.org
The Mekong River's biodiversity is at risk due to upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia has canceled plans for two new dams, but Laos's proposed Phou Ngoy dam could devastate the fishery and affect millions reliant on the river. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is working to preserve the river's unique species, including the giant freshwater stingray. Experts from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Stimson Center warn of the severe impacts of dam construction near the Tonle Sap Lake. Advocacy groups like International Rivers are questioning the legitimacy of new power purchase agreements for Mekong hydropower dams.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.wkms.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project and advocacy from groups like International Rivers highlight the critical need to protect this vital waterway. The situation remains precarious, with significant implications for millions relying on the river.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  news.prairiepublic.org
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step, but concerns remain over Laos' Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the Mekong fishery and affect millions reliant on the river. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is involved in conservation efforts, including the release of a record-breaking giant stingray. Experts from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Stimson Center warn of the severe impacts of dam construction near the Tonle Sap Lake, crucial for fish migration. Advocacy groups like International Rivers are questioning the legitimacy of new power purchase agreements for Mekong hydropower dams.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  aspenpublicradio.org
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step, but Laos's planned Phou Ngoy dam could devastate the region's fishery and ecosystem. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is working to conserve the river's biodiversity, including endangered species like the giant freshwater stingray. Despite the challenges, the river's resilience is evident, with locals reporting sightings of even larger stingrays than the record-breaking one recently caught.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  ktep.org
The Mekong River, crucial for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's recent cancellation of two proposed dams is a significant step towards preserving the river's biodiversity, which includes endangered species like the giant freshwater stingray. However, Laos' plans for the Phou Ngoy dam could spell disaster for the Mekong fishery and the millions reliant on it. Despite Laos' aim to become the 'battery of Southeast Asia' through hydropower, the country is incurring debt, and the dam's benefits are questionable. Advocacy groups and experts are raising concerns, and the resilience of the Mekong is evident in the recent capture and release of a record-breaking stingray, suggesting the river's vitality persists for the moment.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  kdll.org
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's cancellation of two dams is a positive step, but Laos's planned Phou Ngoy dam could devastate the fishery and affect millions reliant on the river. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is working to preserve the river's unique species, including a record-breaking giant stingray named Boramey. Despite Laos's aim to use hydropower for economic growth, the strategy is leading to increased debt without alleviating poverty. Advocacy groups and experts are questioning the legitimacy of new power agreements, and there is hope that the Mekong's resilience will continue to support its diverse ecosystem.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  Montana Public Radio
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness. Experts warn that further dam construction could lead to rapid ecological collapse, affecting millions who rely on the river for sustenance.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.wncw.org
The Mekong River, crucial for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step, but Laos's planned Phou Ngoy dam could devastate the ecosystem, including the migration to Tonle Sap Lake, the world's largest animal migration. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is working to preserve the river's biodiversity, evidenced by the recent rescue and release of a record-breaking giant stingray. However, the dam's construction, driven by Laos's goal to become the 'battery of Southeast Asia' and Thailand's energy purchase agreements, could lead to a rapid collapse of the fishery, affecting millions who depend on the river for food.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.kanw.com
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step, but Laos's planned Phou Ngoy dam could be catastrophic for the region's fishery and millions reliant on the river. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by University of Nevada's Zeb Hogan, is actively researching and advocating for the river's conservation. Despite Laos's ambition to use hydropower for economic growth, the strategy is leading to increased debt without alleviating poverty. International Rivers and other experts are questioning the legitimacy of new power agreements, especially as Thailand, a major power purchaser, already has an energy surplus. The resilience of the Mekong is evident in the recent catch of a record-breaking giant stingray, but the river's future remains uncertain.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.kunc.org
The Mekong River, crucial for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's recent cancellation of two proposed dams is a significant step for conservation, but Laos's plans for the Phou Ngoy dam could spell disaster for the region's fishery and millions reliant on the river. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is working to preserve the river's biodiversity, as evidenced by the recent rescue and release of a record-breaking giant stingray. However, the future of the Mekong and its unique ecosystem remains uncertain, with ongoing dam construction and energy agreements threatening its survival.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WMUK
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, works to preserve the river's biodiversity. Experts warn that the new dam could severely impact the region, affecting millions who rely on the river for food. Advocacy groups and local leaders are raising concerns, hoping to halt further dam developments.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.nhpr.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam projects and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness. The situation remains critical, with significant implications for millions relying on the river.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WUKY
The Mekong River, crucial for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia has canceled plans for two new dams, but Laos's Phou Ngoy dam project raises concerns about the impact on fish migration and regional food security. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is working to preserve the river's biodiversity, including tracking a record-breaking giant stingray named Boramey. Experts like Brian Eyler from the Stimson Center warn that the Phou Ngoy dam could lead to a rapid collapse of the Mekong fishery, affecting millions. Advocacy groups and regional stakeholders are questioning the legitimacy of new power purchase agreements for Mekong hydropower dams.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  Boise State Public Radio
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's recent cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step, but Laos's planned Phou Ngoy dam could be catastrophic for the region's fishery and millions reliant on the river. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is involved in conservation efforts, including the release of a record-breaking giant stingray back into the river. Experts from the Stimson Center and International Rivers express concerns over the impact of hydropower development on the Mekong's ecosystem and communities.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WKAR Public Media
The Mekong River, vital for Southeast Asian communities, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia canceled plans for two new dams, but Laos's Phou Ngoy Dam could devastate the river's biodiversity, including endangered species like the giant freshwater stingray. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by USAID and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is tracking these species. Experts like Brian Eyler from the Stimson Center warn that the dam could collapse the Mekong fishery, affecting millions. Advocacy groups and regional stakeholders are questioning the legitimacy of new power purchase agreements for Mekong hydropower dams.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WUNC
The Mekong River, crucial for Southeast Asia's biodiversity and local livelihoods, faces threats from upstream Chinese dams, climate change, and potential new dams. Cambodia's cancellation of two proposed dams is a positive step for conservation, but Laos' plans for the Phou Ngoy dam could devastate the Mekong fishery and affect millions reliant on the river. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by Zeb Hogan from the University of Nevada, Reno, is working to preserve the river's unique species, including the record-breaking giant stingray caught by local fisherman Moul Thon. Regional experts and advocacy groups like International Rivers are raising concerns about the impact of hydropower development on the Mekong's ecosystem and communities.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WKNO FM
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness about the river's value. The situation remains critical as regional dynamics and energy demands influence decisions on dam projects.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.ksut.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project and advocacy from groups like International Rivers highlight the critical need to protect the river. Experts warn that the new dams could lead to a rapid collapse of the fishery, affecting millions who rely on the river for sustenance.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  Delaware First Media
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness. Experts warn that further dam constructions could lead to rapid ecological collapse, affecting millions who rely on the river for sustenance.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  90.5 WESA
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam projects and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness. The situation remains critical as regional dynamics and energy demands influence decisions on dam constructions.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  Public Radio East
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam projects and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by the Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aim to protect endangered species like the giant freshwater stingray. Experts warn that further dam construction could lead to rapid ecological collapse, affecting millions who rely on the river for sustenance.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WVPE
The Mekong River, a vital resource for Southeast Asian communities, faces significant threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two new dams, but Laos continues with its Phou Ngoy dam project, which experts warn could devastate the river's biodiversity and the livelihoods of millions. Conservation efforts, such as those by the Wonders of the Mekong Project, highlight the river's resilience, but the future remains uncertain as regional and international stakeholders debate the impacts and necessity of further hydropower development.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WUGA | University of Georgia | Your Oasis for Ideas and the Arts
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. Conservation efforts by the Wonders of the Mekong Project and concerns from experts highlight the critical situation. The article underscores the urgent need for sustainable solutions to protect the river and its communities.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WSIU
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the Mekong fishery and impact millions relying on the river. Conservation efforts by the Wonders of the Mekong Project and expert opinions highlight the critical need to protect this ecosystem. The situation underscores the complex interplay between development, environmental sustainability, and regional politics.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  KUNR Public Radio
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam projects and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project and advocacy from groups like International Rivers highlight the critical need to protect this vital waterway. The article underscores the tension between development and environmental preservation, with significant implications for millions relying on the river.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.northernpublicradio.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness. The situation remains critical as regional dynamics and energy demands complicate conservation efforts.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WVIA Public Media
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by the Wonders of the Mekong Project and concerns from experts highlight the critical need to protect this vital waterway. The situation underscores the complex interplay between development, environmental sustainability, and regional food security.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WMRA and WEMC
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new hydropower dams and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness of the river's value. Experts warn that further dam construction could lead to rapid ecological collapse, affecting millions who rely on the river for sustenance.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WQCS
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness. The situation remains critical, with significant implications for millions relying on the river.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  New England Public Media
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness about the river's value. Experts warn that further dam construction could lead to rapid ecological collapse, affecting millions who rely on the river for sustenance.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  WQLN
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. The Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, works to protect the river's biodiversity, including tracking the world's largest freshwater fish. Experts warn that the new dams could lead to a rapid collapse of the fishery, affecting millions who rely on the river for food. Advocacy groups and some regional forces are questioning the legitimacy of new power purchase agreements for these dams.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  KVCR News
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project and advocacy from groups like International Rivers highlight the critical need to protect this vital waterway. The situation remains precarious, with significant implications for millions relying on the river.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.ideastream.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by the Wonders of the Mekong Project and advocacy from organizations like the Stimson Center and International Rivers highlight the critical need to protect this vital waterway. The future of the Mekong and its communities remains uncertain as regional power dynamics and environmental concerns clash.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.knkx.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. Local and international experts and organizations are raising concerns about the impact on millions who rely on the river. Efforts are ongoing to track and preserve endangered species, highlighting the river's resilience despite mounting pressures.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.kbbi.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project and advocacy from experts highlight the critical need to protect this vital waterway. The situation underscores the complex interplay between environmental conservation and regional development goals.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  Lakeshore Public Media| Public Broadcasting for Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aim to protect endangered species. Experts warn that the new dams could lead to a rapid collapse of the fishery, affecting millions who rely on the river for food. Advocacy groups and local leaders are raising concerns about the sustainability and impact of these projects.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  NPR News and Music for northeast Louisiana | KEDM
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam projects and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness. The situation remains critical as regional stakeholders debate the future of hydropower and its environmental impact.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  90.3 KAZU
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which experts warn could devastate the river's ecosystem and fisheries. Conservation efforts, such as those by the Wonders of the Mekong Project, aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness of the river's value. The situation remains critical, with significant implications for millions relying on the river.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.kclu.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aim to protect endangered species. Experts warn that the new dams could lead to a rapid collapse of the fishery, affecting millions who rely on the river for food. Advocacy groups are raising critical questions about the sustainability and impact of these hydropower projects.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  KUNM
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aim to protect endangered species. Experts warn that the new dam could lead to a rapid collapse of the fishery, affecting millions who rely on the river for food. The situation underscores the need for critical evaluation of hydropower projects in the region.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  Spokane Public Radio
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project and advocacy from groups like International Rivers highlight the critical need to protect this vital waterway. The article underscores the tension between development and environmental preservation, with significant implications for millions relying on the river.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.wfae.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness about the river's value. The situation remains critical as regional dynamics and energy demands influence decisions on dam projects.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  TPR
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by the Wonders of the Mekong Project and concerns from local and international experts highlight the urgent need to protect this critical waterway.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  www.kvnf.org
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam projects and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and local fisheries. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project and advocacy from groups like International Rivers highlight the critical need to protect this vital waterway. Experts warn that further dam construction could lead to rapid ecological collapse, affecting millions who rely on the river for sustenance.

Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

28 Dec 2023  |  KCBX
The Mekong River, vital for food and biodiversity in Southeast Asia, faces threats from new dam constructions and climate change. Cambodia has canceled plans for two dams, but Laos continues with the Phou Ngoy Dam, which could devastate the river's ecosystem and fishery. Conservation efforts by organizations like the Wonders of the Mekong Project aim to protect endangered species and raise awareness. The situation remains critical as regional dynamics and energy policies influence the future of the Mekong.

How to Choose Your Flatware

27 Oct 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
Selecting flatware is a significant decision given that Americans typically purchase only three sets in their lifetime. Over 100 hours of research suggest considering the number of settings, budget, and material durability, with stainless steel being a recommended choice. Flatware can be bought piece by piece, in box sets, or as individual place settings, with a quality stainless steel setting costing between $20 and $45. Durability varies by handle material, with resin being the most durable non-metal option. Finish preference is subjective, with satin being preferred by testers for its aesthetics and grip. Weight and balance are also personal preferences, and classic, versatile designs are advised over trendy ones.

How to Clean and Season Cast-Iron

14 Sep 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
A comprehensive guide on cleaning and seasoning cast-iron cookware, emphasizing the importance of proper maintenance to prevent rust and ensure longevity. The article provides step-by-step instructions for cleaning, drying, and seasoning the pan, as well as tips for dealing with stuck-on food and rust. It highlights the versatility of cast-iron skillets and recommends using neutral oil for seasoning. Tools like Lodge pan scrapers, Scotch-Brite sponges, and rust erasers are mentioned for specific cleaning tasks.

How to Read Olive Oil Labels

01 Sep 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
Olive oil labels can be challenging to read, but understanding the differences between extra-virgin, virgin, and other types of olive oil can guide consumers in making better choices. Extra-virgin olive oil is the highest grade, free of defects, and extracted without excessive heat or chemicals. Virgin olive oil has minor defects, while other labels like pure or light olive oil often indicate a blend of refined and virgin oils. Consumers should look for recent harvest dates, avoid clear glass bottles, and consider third-party certifications for added assurance. Expert Kathryn Tomajan advises against long-term storage in plastic due to oxidation risks.

Teaching Kids In Vietnam To Avoid A Deadly, Everyday Legacy Of War

05 Apr 2023  |  NPR
The article discusses the ongoing issue of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Quang Tri province, Vietnam, a legacy of the Vietnam War. It highlights the efforts of Project Renew and the Mine Action Visitor Center in educating local children on how to identify and avoid UXOs. The article features Nguyen Thanh Phu, who teaches children about the dangers of UXOs, and Chuck Searcy of Project Renew, who has been working on UXO disposal and awareness for over 20 years. The article also mentions the recent increase in U.S. government funding for UXO clearance in Vietnam and touches on the broader issue of Agent Orange. The dangers of UXOs are underscored by the recent death of Ngo Thien Khiet, a Project Renew team leader, while disposing of a cluster bomb.

In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

01 Apr 2023  |  NPR
In Siem Reap, Cambodia, African giant pouched rats are being trained to detect land mines, potentially saving lives and aiding in clearing the countryside of explosives. These rats, provided by the Belgian nonprofit Apopo in partnership with the Cambodian Mine Action Center, are capable of clearing a 200-square-meter area in about 30 minutes, a task that would take a human with a metal detector days. The rats are trained to detect TNT and ignore other scents, and they are rewarded with food for successful detection. Apopo's program, which also includes rats trained to detect tuberculosis, has been successful in other post-conflict countries. The rats work early in the morning to avoid the heat and are well cared for, living in air-conditioned quarters. Skepticism remains among some in the demining community, but the rats have proven to be an efficient tool in detecting certain types of mines that are difficult for metal detectors to find. The rats are expected to be deployed in real minefields by the end of the year.

How to Clean Your Toaster

02 Sep 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
To clean a toaster, brush away crumbs from the heating elements and slots with a soft-bristle pastry brush, use a thin paint brush to reach crumbs along the bottom rim, and empty the crumb tray. Wash the tray with warm soapy water if needed. To clean the outside, use a damp cloth with a drop of dish soap for stains. Avoid flipping the toaster or banging it to remove crumbs, as this can damage it according to research by The Ohio State University.

Hackers leak private data of thousands of children to the dark web

02 Jul 2022  |  Mail Online
A cyber gang named Vice Society leaked private data of British school pupils, including sensitive information such as photocopies of passports and disciplinary records. The data breach affected five schools and a sixth form college, with the gang uploading the stolen data to the dark web after ransom demands were refused. Experts warn this could expose children to risks such as grooming by criminal gangs. The schools affected include Pilton Community College, The De Montfort School, St Paul’s Catholic College, Carmel College, and Mossbourne Federation. The same gang previously targeted the supermarket chain Spar. Affected schools have reported the incident to the police and are working to strengthen their security systems.

This Is Why Your Toaster Will Break

30 Sep 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Modern toasters, often made with aluminum heating elements, are more prone to failure compared to vintage models made with Nichrome. Despite higher prices, modern toasters may not offer better durability due to delicate electronic circuitry. Toaster ovens are recommended as a more versatile and reliable alternative. Humid climates and improper handling can accelerate toaster failure. Wirecutter provides further advice on consumer products.

The 6 Things You Need to Preserve the Summer’s Bounty

14 Jul 2020  |  www.nytimes.com
The article discusses various tools and equipment that can help preserve summer produce, such as peaches and berries, long after the growing season ends. It highlights the benefits of using a dehydrator for making fruit leathers, drying berries, and preserving herbs, noting that while the dehydrating process is mostly hands-off, the preparation can be labor-intensive. The article aims to provide practical advice for food preservation at home, regardless of skill level.

5 Cheap(ish) Things for Throwing a Party in a Small Space

13 Nov 2019  |  www.nytimes.com
Living in small apartments doesn't mean you can't host parties. With a few affordable items, you can maximize your space and make entertaining easier. Recommendations include a versatile wood cutting board, all-purpose wine glasses, and a space-saving glass hanger. These items help reduce clutter, add comfort, and improve the flow of foot traffic, making your gatherings more enjoyable.

Gear to Make Room in a Tiny Kitchen

22 Oct 2019  |  www.nytimes.com
Living in small apartments with limited kitchen space can be challenging, but a few inexpensive items can help maximize storage and organization. The Yamazaki Magnetic Kitchen Organization Rack and the OXO Good Grips Turntable are recommended for their efficient use of space and functionality. These tools help bring order to small kitchens without taking up valuable counter space.

In Danang, Where U.S. Troops First Landed, Memories Of War Have Faded

19 Jan 2018  |  NPR
The article reflects on the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first American combat troops in Danang, Vietnam, and the subsequent war that lasted a decade. It shares personal accounts from Vietnamese individuals like Nguyen Tien and Vo Cao Loi, who witnessed the arrival of U.S. Marines and the horrors of the My Lai massacre. The piece also tells the story of Larry Vetter, a U.S. veteran who served multiple tours in Vietnam and later returned to Danang to aid victims of Agent Orange. The article notes the transformation of Danang, where memories of the war have faded among the younger generation, and the city now welcomes Americans as friends, highlighted by a recent concert by an American band from the USS Fort Worth. The narrative captures the passage of time and the healing that has occurred, yet acknowledges the deep scars left by the war.

Philippine President Duterte's First Year In Office Is Marked By Bloody War On Drugs

30 Jun 2017  |  NPR
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's first year in office is characterized by a controversial war on drugs, resulting in over 7,000 deaths from extrajudicial killings and police encounters. Despite international condemnation and the human rights calamity described by Human Rights Watch, Duterte's popularity has soared, with approval ratings between 75 and 80 percent. The article presents various perspectives from Manila residents, some of whom support Duterte's harsh methods, while others fear the police and grieve for lost family members. Human rights activists and legal experts express concern over the weak legal system and the unrecorded killings. The financial burden on poor families to recover bodies of relatives is also highlighted. Duterte's focus on the drug war is seen as neglecting other important issues such as corruption, infrastructure, and job creation. The ongoing battle against ISIS-linked militants in Mindanao is mentioned as another significant challenge for Duterte.
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