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Two Species Per Day Discovered In Mekong Jungle
2011-12-12 10:51:21

The diversity of life in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, which includes portions of China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is so astonishing that a new species is found every two days, according to various media reports. Two-hundred and eight new species were discovered during the last year alone, including a multi-colored gecko and a black and white snub-nosed monkey with an “Elvis” hairdo. The region is also home to some of the world´s most...

2011-08-17 00:00:30

Urgent action needed to save critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphin Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 16, 2011 Irrawaddy dolphin numbers have declined to just 85 in Southeast Asia's Mekong River, leading researchers to conclude that the population is at high risk of extinction, a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) survey revealed. One big factor in the decline is that dolphin calf survival is extremely low. "Evidence is strong that very few young animals survive to adulthood, as older dolphins die...

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2010-04-03 07:00:00

Southeast Asian leaders are set to lean on China during talks as controversy builds over the cause of the shrinking lower Mekong River. Beijing's Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao is set to join the premiers of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in the Thai resort town of Hua Hin to discuss management of the vast river, which over 60 million people depend on. Myanmar will also participate in the summit as a dialogue partner at the top-level talks, which will kick off late Sunday and run...

2010-03-30 14:21:48

Nations of the Greater Mekong Subregion need to 'rethink' their agricultural industries to meet future food needs, given the social shifts and climate changes that are forecast for the coming decades. With better farming practices, and by managing agriculture within the wider context of natural ecosystems, nations could boost production and increase the wealth and resilience of poor people in rural communities. Demand for food is forecast to double by 2050, as populations swell and people's...

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2009-09-25 13:45:22

Researchers reported the discovery of 163 new species in the Greater Mekong region last year, and now they are at risk of becoming extinct due to climate change, according to conservation group WWF. World Wildlife Fund reported Friday that scientists found 100 plants, 28 fish, 18 reptiles, 14 amphibians, two mammals and one bird species in the Mekong River region of Asia last year. The new creatures include a leopard gecko with an "other world" appearance, a bird that prefers to walk rather...

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2009-06-18 15:25:00

A new WWF report released Thursday finds that pollution in Asia's Mekong River is putting dolphins in Laos and Cambodia at risk of extinction.  But the report has sparked angry denials from governments who question the validity of the findings. Just 64 to 76 Irrawaddy dolphins remain in the Mekong River after dangerous levels of mercury, pesticides and other environmental contaminants were found in more than 50 calves that have died since 2003, the report said. The Mekong River flows...

2009-06-09 08:00:00

KUNMING, China, June 9 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The 17th Kunming Import & Export Fair and The 2nd South Asian Countries Commodity Fair, which are sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, have drawn the curtain on June 6, 2009, at the Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center. Meanwhile, GMS Economy Corridor Week was also held by the Ministry of Commerce, People's Government of Yunnan Province, Asian Development Bank. Holding so many events...

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2009-05-21 12:45:00

A U.N. report said Thursday that a dam-building spree in China poses the greatest threat to the future of the already beleaguered Mekong, one of the world's major rivers and a key source of water for the region, The Associated Press reported. Eight dams are being constructed on the upper half of the Mekong as it passes through high gorges of Yunnan Province. The U.N. report said the newly completed Xiowan Dam is the world's tallest at 958 feet high and has a storage capacity equal to all the...

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2008-12-15 11:35:00

Researchers have reported the discovery of more than 1,000 new species in the Greater Mekong region over the past decade. The region, comprised of wetlands and rainforest along the Mekong River in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam and China, has been a plentiful source of species never seen before, such as a bright pink spiny dragon millipede or a spider with a foot-long leg span. From 1997 until 2007, at least 1,068 new species have been identified in the Greater Mekong region,...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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