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‘Sawasdee’ for Students in Need in Thailand

‘Sawasdee’ for Students in Need in Thailand

Just a few decades ago, universities in Thailand were reluctant to admit students with disabilities, partly due to a surprising historical legacy of Buddhism.  But with new laws guaranteeing education and access for all children, U.S. and Thai researchers are now looking at how schools are meeting the challenge for a new generation of students. A feature for the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Northern Vision, the magazine of the University of Northern Colorado.

Phuttamonthon Buddhist Park, near Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand.
Phuttamonthon Buddhist Park, near Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand.

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Dams & Other Obstacles on the Mekong

Dams & Other Obstacles on the Mekong

"Life by the Mekong River" by International Rivers (Photo from Xayaburi Dam site, October 2012)
“Life by the Mekong River” by International Rivers (Photo from Xayaburi Dam site, Oct 2012)

With a massive dam under construction in Laos and other dams on the way, the Mekong River is facing a wave of hydroelectric projects that could alter the river’s ecology and disrupt the food supplies of millions of people in Southeast Asia.

I wrote “Life on Mekong Faces Threats As Major Dams Begin to Rise,” for Yale Environment 360 in February 2014. The story relies on my travels along the lower river from the mountains of northern Thailand to the delta in Vietnam during fall 2013, and interviews with villagers, activists and environmentalists, and scientists.

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