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Remains of air crew lost over Laos in Vietnam War identified

WASHINGTON (AP) — The remains of three air crew members who were lost during a resupply mission over Laos during the Vietnam War have been identified, more than 47 years after they were killed. In October 1997, a Joint U.S.-Lao People’s Democratic Republic team received information about a possible crash …

Can the Land of a Million Elephants Survive the Belt and Road? | The Diplomat

Chinese-funded projects in Laos could hasten the eradication of the elephant population. China Railway’s Kunming bureau recently announced  that a 36-kilometer long fence will be built along the Singapore-Kunming Railway project to protect wild elephants in southwest Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna region. This is a positive step, but it does little to allay concerns …

Environmental damage continues months after Laos dam collapse

IN July, a hydroelectric dam collapse in Laos released five billion cubic meters of water into surrounding countryside – the equivalent of two million Olympic swimming pools. The resulting flood killed dozens, devastated communities, forced thousands to flee and ripped through areas of protected rainforest. The catastrophe made headlines globally; initial …

Was climate change a factor in the Laos dam disaster?

TWO WEEKS after a dam in the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower facility collapsed in southern Laos, sending millions of tonnes of water crashing through villages downstream, authorities are still counting the dead. The official death toll is at least 31, but at least 130 people remain unaccounted for, which could push the final …