Laos – the long, skinny Asian country squashed between Vietnam to the right and Thailand to the left – has given the go-ahead for the construction of a massive dam on the Mekong River. Laos plans to harness the power of the river to generate electricity, which in turn it can sell to its neighbours.
The problem is that those same neighbours are already unhappy about the potential disruption the dam might cause to their fishing and rice production. The Mekong snakes hundreds of miles all the way from China, through Laos, into Cambodia and out to the sea, with close to 60 million people reliant on the Mekong for their way of life. Not to mention the critically endangered giant catfish. That’s one freakin’ big catfish.
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