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LAOS: Grandmother Khamsone, “The spirits don’t want to be here”
6 November 2009 (IRIN ), Over 6,000 people have been resettled to make way for a controversial dam in central Laos: The Nam Theun 2 Dam, the country’s single largest infrastructure project, will produce electricity for Thailand, and domestically.
http://www.irinnews.org/HOV/86907/LAOS-Grandmother-Khamsone-The-spirits-don-t-want-to-be-here
In Brief: Flood-hit farmers face hunger in Laos
26 October 2009 (IRIN ), Farmers in southern Laos who lost their harvests to floods caused by Typhoon Ketsana face a year of hunger if they do not receive rice seeds soon to replant their crops, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86736/In-Brief-Flood-hit-farmers-face-hunger-in-Laos
ASIA: Human rights body’s shaky beginnings
26 October 2009 (IRIN ), After only a few days Southeast Asia's inter-governmental human rights body is already being criticized over its terms of reference as well as its ability to have any impact on human rights in Myanmar.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86745/ASIA-Human-rights-body-s-shaky-beginnings
LAOS: UN launches $10m flood aid appeal
22 October 2009 (IRIN ), The UN launched a flash appeal on 22 October for more than US$10 million after Typhoon Ketsana brought devastating floods to Laos, hitting some of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86691/LAOS-UN-launches-10m-flood-aid-appeal
ASIA: Disasters underline urgent need for more groundwork
2 October 2009 (IRIN ), This week’s disasters in Asia underscore the need for greater disaster preparedness, experts say; while countries are making progress, there are still gaps to be filled.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86412/ASIA-Disasters-underline-urgent-need-for-more-groundwork
ASIA: Global recession boosts child prostitution and trafficking
29 September 2009 (IRIN ), Commercial sexual exploitation of children is booming in Southeast Asia, with governments failing to do enough to protect young people, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86335/ASIA-Global-recession-boosts-child-prostitution-and-trafficking
ASIA: Mekong nations brace for Typhoon Ketsana
29 September 2009 (IRIN ), More than 150,000 people have been evacuated in Vietnam as governments and relief workers across parts of the Mekong region brace themselves for Typhoon Ketsana.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86333/ASIA-Mekong-nations-brace-for-Typhoon-Ketsana
HEALTH: Climate change - burden or opportunity?
8 September 2009 (IRIN ), Despite an international resolution to avoid environmental health hazards, the medical community - already overburdened with health challenges - has remained largely outside the climate change dialogue, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) climate change specialist.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/86062/HEALTH-Climate-change-burden-or-opportunity
GLOBAL: Climate change cost estimates flawed, study says
1 September 2009 (IRIN ), Current UN cost estimates for climate change adaptation are too low and this could thwart climate treaty negotiations set for December in Copenhagen, according to the former co-chair of a UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group and lead author of a recent independent study on adaptation costs.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85946/GLOBAL-Climate-change-cost-estimates-flawed-study-says
ASIA: El Niño spells bad news for cyclones
17 August 2009 (IRIN ), The good news for Asia as well as aid workers is that with 2009 being an El Niño year, the sub-continent could experience fewer and less intense cyclones, according to a climatologist with the Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85746/ASIA-El-Niño-spells-bad-news-for-cyclones

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