Myanmar 2020 Election Dossier
Myanmar is scheduled to hold its general elections on November 8th, 2020. In this dossier, the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Yangon office presents analysis and opinion – mostly by Myanmar authors – about the experience of democratic politics and about expectations for the future. Many observers say that Myanmar is in the middle of a democratic transition. But how do people in Myanmar actually look at the politics of the last few years? How do they judge the current state of things and what do they hope and expect for the future?
The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s office is monitoring air quality in Yangon and publishing real time data by using airveda device. Air quality measurements will serve as an indicator for us to know how safe the air we are breathing. Click here for details, past data and more background.
Dossier: The Dangers of Coal
Coal is one of the most polluting forms of energy production - dangerous for the environment, for health, and for the climate and thus the planet as a whole. Still, in Myanmar, the use of coal continues and is even envisaged to expand, for power production as well as for industrial process heat. This dossier presents two documentary videos that look at the current usage of coal in Myanmar and in Thailand, respectively, and at the plans to expand coal use for power production and industry purposes. It also includes an article that shows how plans for coal power plants in Myanmar have emerged and changed over time, not least as a result of popular resistance against coal.