Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Mekong River dam shelved

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only
by Staff Writers
Ventiane, Laos (UPI) Apr 22, 2011
The world's largest freshwater fish, the Mekong giant catfish, was given a reprieve by the shelving of plans for a dam on the Mekong River, authorities say.

At a meeting of the Mekong River Commission last week, officials from the four countries through which the lower Mekong flows -- Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos -- failed to agree on whether to approve the proposed Xayaburi dam on the river in Laos, reported.

The dam would threaten the catfish's habitat and would displace fisheries, wetlands and millions of people, opponents said.

The World Wide Fund for Nature says that as well as the catfish, which reach lengths of up to 10 feet, other species, fisheries and river connections would be at risk.

Laos, which wants to make money by selling electricity generated by the dam, faces stiff opposition from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, who have expressed "deep and serious concerns" about potential damage to the Mekong delta.

In a study published last week, the WWF calculated the same amount of electricity could be generated with less environmental impact from smaller dams built on tributaries of the Mekong.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

No decision yet on Mekong River dam
Bangkok (UPI) Apr 19, 2011
A decision on a controversial $3.8 billion Mekong River dam in Laos has been delayed, said the Mekong River Commission. While the commission's decision had been widely anticipated following Tuesday's meeting of representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, the group instead deferred the final decision on the construction of the Xayaburi dam to the ministerial level. No date ... read more

Japan PM says country facing 'crisis within crisis'

Japan advisor says nuclear threat receding: report

World remembers Chernobyl, haunted by nuclear fears

EDF wants nuclear crisis task force

A scratched coating heals itself

Samsung bites back at Apple with lawsuit

Primordial fear: why radiation is so scary

3-D towers of information double data storage areal density

Japan tsunami devastated Chilean scallop farms

Mekong River dam shelved

Britain's first desalination plant opens

Azti-Tecnalia presents two energy efficiency systems for the fisheries sector

Melting ice on Arctic islands a major player in sea level rise

ESA-NASA Collaboration Furthers Sea-Ice Research

Melting ice on Arctic islands boosts sea levels: study

Arctic coastline eroding with warming

Can biochar help suppress greenhouse gases

Rotten meat doesn't stand a chance

Distribution of British soil bacteria mapped for the first time

Growing threat of wheat rust epidemics worldwide

12 dead in torrential Brazil rains: officials

Japan to launch new major tsunami body search

Report Cites "Liquefaction" As Key To Much Of Japanese Earthquake Damage

Floods force hundreds to evacuate in central Canada

Burkina Faso president assumes defence post

Work on Sudan split continues

Chinese aid good for Africa: ministers

Military helicopter crashes in Darfur, five dead: army

Pope urges 'solidarity' with refugees from conflict

Evolution of human 'super-brain' tied to development of bipedalism, tool-making

Green environments essential for human health

Asylum seekers torch Australian center

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement