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Laos' baseline temperature throughout the country and the annual rainfall are both predicted to increase in the next several decades.1 Currently, 75% of Laosâ' population consists of subsistence farmers, and as the climate becomes more unpredictable it will negatively affect the farmers who rely on agriculture to support themselves and their families.2, 3 Additionally, in mountainous areas of the country, the risk of flash floods is increasing.4 Due to rampant illegal logging, Laos has transformed from a net carbon sink to a net emitter of greenhouse gases, which is reported to exacerbate the effects of climate change on the country.5

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1 http://www.gcca.eu/national-programmes/asia/gcca-lao-pdr
2 Ibid
3 http://www.heritage.org/index/country/laos?ac=1
4 http://www.gcca.eu/national-programmes/asia/gcca-lao-pdr
5 Ibid
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Laos News

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
She brings that experience with overlapping realities to "Afterland" (Graywolf), a collection of poems about the Hmong experience, from 17th-century China through the secret war in Laos and ultimately to resettlement as refugees in the United States. See more..
ABC News 
Dutch customs officials say they have intercepted a crate containing 12 concealed pieces of rhinoceros horn that was being sent from South Africa to Laos. See more..
Nikkei Asian Review 
LUANG PRABANG, Laos -- Construction of a 414km railway line linking China to mainland Southeast Asia through Laos is underway in Phonesai village, about 30km north of Luang Prabang, the country's ancient former capital and modern-day tourism center ... See more..
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National Post 
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch customs officials say they have intercepted a crate containing 12 concealed pieces of rhinoceros horn that was being sent from South Africa to Laos. The Dutch Customs office said in a statement Friday that the horn ... See more..
Bangkok Post 
UTTARADIT - Ten Thai nationals have been released after being fined 15,000 baht each by Lao authorities for spreading the Buddhist faith and setting up a ... See more..
Washington Post 
Their families didn't know they were in Laos, and didn't know that they'd started working for the CIA in addition to their jobs with the U.S. Forest Service. They were young firefighters-turned-CIA operatives working thousands of miles from home in a ... See more..
Radio Free Asia 
A group of NGOs on Thursday reiterated demands that the Lao government delay construction of the controversial Pak Beng dam on the Mekong River's mainstream, days after an intergovernmental body called on Vientiane to address the project's potential ... See more..
Xinhua 
VIENTIANE, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Laos' four snooker players are training hard on the tables at Vientiane bowling indoor stadium in the hope of winning medals at the upcoming 29th SEA Games in Malaysia this August. The 29th SEA Games' snooker event will ... See more..
Bangkok Post 
The inter-governmental consultation on the Pak Beng project, the third hydroelectric dam planned to be built on the Mekong River in Laos, tells us a lot about the future of dam building on this mighty international waterway. At the end of their "prior ... See more..
U.S. News & World Report 
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's embassy in Laos has issued a safety warning to its citizens there after a Chinese national was shot dead in the country's Xaysomboun province. Chinese workers have increasingly come under attack as companies expand abroad ... See more..
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Geography

Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam
Area

Total 236,800 sq km
Land 230,800 sq km
Water 6,000 sq km

Climate

tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)
Natural Resources

timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones ;
Natural Hazards

floods, droughts
Current Environmental Issues

unexploded ordnance; deforestation; soil erosion; most of the population does not have access to potable water

Demographics

Nationality
Lao or Laotian
Population
6,695,166 (July 2013 est.)
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The government of Laos, one of the few remaining one-party communist states, began decentralizing control and encouraging private enterprise in 1986. The results, starting from an extremely low base, were striking - growth averaged 6% per year from 1988-2008 except during the short-lived drop caused by the Asian financial crisis that began in 1997. Laos' growth exceeded 7% per year during 2008-12. Despite this high growth rate, Laos remains a country with an underdeveloped infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. It has a basic, but improving, road system, and limited external and internal land-line telecommunications. Electricity is available 75% of the ...See More country. Laos' economy is heavily dependent on capital-intensive natural resource exports. The labor force, however, still relies on agriculture, dominated by rice cultivation in lowland areas, which accounts for about 30% of GDP and 75% of total employment. Economic growth has reduced official poverty rates from 46% in 1992 to 26% in 2010. The economy also has benefited from high-profile foreign direct investment in hydropower, copper and gold mining, logging, and construction though some projects in these industries have drawn criticism for their environmental impacts. Laos gained Normal Trade Relations status with the US in 2004. On the fiscal side, Laos initiated a VAT tax system in 2010. Simplified investment procedures and expanded bank credits for small farmers and small entrepreneurs will improve Laos'' economic prospects. The government appears committed to raising the country''s profile among investors, opening the country''s first stock exchange in 2011 and participating in regional economic cooperation initiatives. Laos was admitted to the WTO in 2012. The World Bank has declared that Laos'' goal of graduating from the UN Development Program''s list of least-developed countries by 2020 is achievable. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$19.52 billion (2012 est.); $18.02 billion (2011 est.); $16.68 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

25.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 25% of GDP (2011 est.); 24.7% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

sweet potatoes, vegetables, corn, coffee, sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, tea, peanuts, rice; cassava (manioc), water buffalo, pigs, cattle, poultry
Industries

mining (copper, tin, gold, and gypsum); timber, electric power, agricultural processing, rubber, construction, garments, cement, tourism