Lasting only an hour, a cross-border exchange of fire (dubbed by some as the first war of 2014) occurred on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on January 11. The incident near the Vorukh settlement included the use of mortars and grenade launchers, with 8 border guards wounded.
Food, water, and energy security in South Asia: A nexus perspective from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Environmental Science & Policy, Vol. 39, Pages 35–48.
In many of Southeast Asia’s cities, critical infrastructure development is concentrated in affluent areas; and poor communities, lacking access to basic services, often resort to alternatives that may be unsafe or more expensive.
Border disputes continue to overshadow China-India cooperation over the Yarlung Zangbo, but a more positive approach from China will help.
The latest challenge to a proposed hydroelectric project in a western Cambodian rainforest does not come from environmental groups, politicians, or local residents. It comes from monks.
In the Eastern Himalayas, 700 million people depend on the erratic water supplies from the river system of Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna.
2-3 December 2013, Phnom Penh, Cambodia and 5-6 December 2013, Can Tho, Vietnam
The Mekong River is a transboundary watercourse of outstanding importance for agriculture, fisheries and culture, but it is also increasingly seen as a hydropower source.
The company behind India’s controversial Lower Subansiri Dam has been asked to modify the dam design amid safety concerns.
Although the switch from coal to natural gas may help reduce air pollution, it could worsen water scarcity in many arid parts of China.
India and China’s much-publicised agreement last week claims to strengthen cooperation on shared rivers, supposedly allaying Indian fears over new dams.
Record-setting levels of smog this week shut down Harbin, a city of 11 million people in northeast China.
On September 27, the 195 member countries of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), supported by the work of thousands of scientists from around the world, released its Fifth Assessment Report.