The Laos moonscape–extreme deforestation, Chinese domination, enforced disappearances, and a mega railroad project

The future of Laos: A bleak landscape – A secretive ruling clique and murky land-grabs spell trouble for a poor country – The Economist, October 26, 2013
…Deforestation stretches all the way to the Chinese border. It is so recent and so extreme that scientists from Sweden’s Lund university picked Laos as a testing ground for a new method of monitoring economic activity from space. By combining night-time satellite images with land-use data, they can estimate, with surprising accuracy, changes in agricultural and non-agricultural activity. For Laos, it also means monitoring the impact of Chinese and Vietnamese cash from space…

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