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Exploring Ways To Protect Fish From Barotrauma
2014-04-16 15:35:48

Tom Rickey, PNNL Fish-friendly hydropower is the goal of international team Think of the pressure change you feel when an elevator zips you up multiple floors in a tall building. Imagine how you'd feel if that elevator carried you all the way up to the top of Mt. Everest — in the blink of an eye. That's similar to what many fish experience when they travel through the turbulent waters near a dam. For some, the change in pressure is simply too big, too fast, and they die or are...

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2010-10-06 10:10:00

Scientists discovered an average of three new biological species each week in the Greater Mekong region of Asia, including such unique life forms as a fish with vampire-like fangs and a 22-foot tall carnivorous plant, international conservation group WWF announced on Wednesday. According to WWF officials, a total of 145 new species were found in 2009 in the area near the Mekong River, which includes Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China's Yunnan Province. Joining the fanged...

2010-08-11 08:08:00

BANGKOK, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ --The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed that the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2010) will be held from 8-10 September, 2010, at the IMPACT Convention Center (Hall 9), Muang Thong Thani. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100811/NY49102 ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100811/NY49102 ) The Thailand Travel Mart Plus is the country's premier annual trade event designed...

2010-04-30 11:09:07

Population growth, urbanization, increasing pollution, soil erosion and climate variations are all reflected in the management and adequacy of the world's waters. The situation is particularly difficult in many developing countries, where there are growing concerns over escalating water crises and even outright water conflicts between countries and regions. "The current rate of population growth and urbanization are already impacting food production. We need to improve the efficiency of...

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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...

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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...

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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
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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