Ayeyarwady RiverResearch into the impact of climate change on the livelihoods of those living in the Ayeyarwady River basin will be conducted and submitted to President Thein Sein, the Ayeyarwady River Basin Research Organisation said.

“We have already formed a research team,” its chairperson Dr. Daw Swe Swe said. “The team will conduct a survey to determine the precise situation of people who live in the basin and the difficulties they face from climate change.”

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Calves are most at risk from rising temperaturesBy making new use of historical records, scientists have shown that climate change could have a greater impact on Myanmar's elephants' dwindling numbers than previously thought.

Hannah Mumby from the University of Sheffield, who led the study, found that the already endangered species faces further struggle as even the slightest temperature change can lower their chances of survival dramatically. 

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Myanmar's forest coverage has now reduced to remain only one fifth of the country's total area, calling for total stop of exporting woods to foreign countries, local media quoted the Lower House's Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee as reporting Wednesday. 

Total forest coverage area was down to 24 percent in 2008 from 51 percent in 2005, 57 percent in 1962 and 70 percent in Konbaung dynasty, the committee's secretary U Thein Lwin told a recent national seminar workshop on energy, environment and climate change held in Nay Pyi Taw. 

Read more: Myanmar to stop exporting wood logs?


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