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DEFORESTATION and climate change have intensified the threat of malaria, bringing malaria-carrying mosquitoes closer to cities and into other previously malaria-free areas.

Dr Chit Soe, a project adviser to the Quality Diagnosis and Standard Treatment of Malaria (QDSTM), said research showed changes to the environment had affected patterns of infection.

“The consequences of climate change directly affect animals and insects, including the behaviour and population density of [malaria-carrying] mosquitoes,” said Dr Chit Soe.

Read more: Climate change complicating malaria fight

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InleTHE number of birds wintering at Inle Lake in southern Shan State appears to be lower during the current cold season compared with past seasons, area residents said last week.

An inn owner in the town of Nyaung Shwe, located near the northern end of the lake, said he has seen fewer seagulls this year than in the past.

“At this time there are fewer gulls flying along the creek that leads from Nyaung Shwe to Inle Lake,” he said. “We used to see many more seagulls in the area. They usually live at Inle Lake from November to February.”

The inn owner said the gulls used to follow boats travelling from the town to the lake, as well as to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and visitors would throw food to them.

Read more: Fewer birds sighted at Inle

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SuukyiAung San Suu Kyi, general secretary of Burma's National League for Democracy, today addressed participants of the World Economic Forum, saying that "despite an abundance of natural resources, Burma's development has lagged far behind its neighbors."

In a taped audio speech from Burma, also called Myanmar, she called for environmental responsibility, saying, "I would like to request those who have invested or who are thinking of investing in Burma to put a premium on respect for the law, on environmental and social factors, on the rights of workers, on job creation and on the promotion of technological skills.

Read more: Burma's Democracy Leader Asks Investors for Environmental Responsibility

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