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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

The Australian 
There are whole libraries of books on the Vietnam War but nothing like as much has been written about the conflict in Laos that took place during the same period. This work by Joshua Kurlantzick, who is based at the Council on Foreign Relations in New ... See more..
The Nation 
A MAN arrested for allegedly possessing war weapons has said red-shirt leader Wuttipong “Ko Tee” Kotthammakhun told him a senior politician informed him ... See more..
The Nation 
The director for Air Transport at Cambodia's State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, Vann Chanty, told the Khmer Times that the move will push airlines in both countries to operate more flights between Cambodia and Laos due to increasing demand from tourists. See more..
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Radio Free Asia 
The two countries recently extended cooperation on border issues, including drug running. See more..
Bangkok Post 
Laotians at the statue of King Chao Anouvong on the banks of the Mekong River in Vientiane. Cambodia is trying to get more tourists from Laos to visit the ... See more..
Inquirer.net 
Mikhail Red's “Birdshot” is one of the featured films in the Asian Panorama section of the 7th Vientianale International Film Festival, currently ongoing in Vientiane, Laos, until March 26. According to its website, the fest offers an “exciting program ... See more..
Washington Post 
For an entire morning last September, a young monk named Sengdao Oudomsinh stood outside his temple in Laos hoping to catch a glimpse of President ... See more..
The West Australian 
This eatery was first brought to our attention in 2015 by a WA traveller in Laos, who was taken aback by its name, West Coast Airport Restaurant, and the fact it used the Eagles logo in its signs. We thought that was the end of it but another West ... See more..
The Nation 
A DELEGATION from Japan will meet with Lao government officials in Vientiane this week to negotiate improvements to the air service agreement signed by the ... See more..
isleofman.com 
A delegation from the National Assembly of Laos has made a study visit to Tynwald. Sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), ... 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