Mekong Basin: Hydropower or fish? Or both?

Eric Baran -

Nam Gnouang Dam (60MW), on a tributary of the Nam Theun River in Laos.

Eric Baran guest blogs about the increasing competition between hydropower and fisheries in the Mekong Basin, a WorldFish focus country.

The Mekong River is a goldmine. It features the world’s largest inland fishery, producing around 2.1 million tonnes of fish each year, which represents about 18% of the world’s annual freshwater fish catch.

Coral reefs may not be doomed, but we should act as if they are

Stephen Hall -

Rainbow Reef, Fiji. Photo by David Burdick, 2006

This commentary was written and posted at http://t.co/Pj33Ihi0 in response to an Opinion piece by Roger Bradbury that appeared in the New York Times on July 13th 2012. You can find the original opinion article at http://nyti.ms/SsXfT9.

Roger Bradbury’s apocalyptic vision for certain death of the worlds coral reefs clearly runs contrary to the views of the most ecologists. Headline grabbing it may be, but it requires a peculiarly singular view of the evidence to sustain his assertion.