Saturday, January 16, 2021

Environment

Cambodia accuses Vietnam of complicity in illegal cross-border logging

Cambodia has asked Interpol to investigate Vietnam after accusing its neighbor of knowingly accepting fraudulent permits for rare, illegally logged rosewood timber for transport across their shared border.

Plastic in World’s Ocean Killing Young Sea Turtles

Plastic pollution floating in our seas is creating huge environment hazards, polluting our oceans and killing animals like seabirds and marine life. VOA Khmer's Sreng Leakhena narrates.

How the world’s largest snake hunt hurts Southeast Asia’s biggest lake

Each year millions of water snakes are pulled from Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake, degrading this ecological wonder of the world.

Wind power in Cambodia is possible, says regional power producer

As the world increasingly opens up to renewable energy, Southeast Asia Globe speaks to Olivier Duguet, CEO and co-founder of the Blue Circle, a renewable independent power producer based in Southeast Asia, to find out more about the region’s future energy path.

Critically endangered royal turtles in Cambodia on recovery: conservationist group

After their release in November last year into their natural habitat in Sre Ambel river in southwest Cambodia's Koh Kong province, all 25 nearly-extinct royal turtles have been detected, a conservationist group said on Friday.

Cambodia Accused Vietnam of Systematic Logging Fraud

Cambodia has asked INTERPOL to investigate its allegations that Vietnam has repeatedly and knowingly accepted fraudulent permits for endangered luxury timber that is illegally logged across the border.

Civic Groups, Villagers Want Myanmar to Drop Controversial Dam Project

Civil society organizations and local residents have called on the Myanmar government to cancel the U.S. $3.6 billion Chinese-financed Myitsone Dam on the Irrawaddy River in Kachin state, put on hold in 2011 following public opposition to the controversial hydropower project.

Regional CSOs Boycott Mekong River Forum Over Opposition to Lao Dam

Thai and Cambodian civil society organizations rejected an invitation from the Lao government to attend a regional stakeholder forum on the Pak Lay dam, saying that the prior notification and consultation procedures for the controversial hydropower project are not transparent.

Laos Accused of Copy-Pasting Dam Impact Survey

An official impact assessment for a controversial new Lao dam on the Mekong river has been directly copied and pasted in parts from a previous project, a coalition of groups fighting to protect the river has alleged.

Winning Design for Phnom Penh Factory Worker Homes, a Model for Other Cities

An award-winning design for factory worker housing in Cambodia's capital will serve as a model for homes in other cities in the rapidly-urbanizing country, according to the charity that will build 3,000 units based on the blueprint next year.

Tetra Tech Awarded $21M Contract for Sustainability in Cambodia

Pasadena engineering firm Tetra Tech Inc. announced Sept. 18 that the U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the company a $21 million, five-year contract to provide sustainability management and biodiversity conservation services in Cambodia.

Six nests of rare lesser adjutant stork found in Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary

Six nests of the globally vulnerable lesser adjutant stork were found for the first time in the north of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia said in a press release on Tuesday.

Following Tragic Dam Collapse, Mekong Nations Talk Hydropower at Forum

The Lower Mekong Basin is home to some 60 million people and has a gross domestic product of about $800 billion, according to official figures.

Cambodian NGOs Reject Invitation to Regional Forum on Proposed Lao Dams

A Cambodian coalition of NGOs dedicated to raising public awareness about the risks associated with dams on the Mekong River said Thursday that it will boycott a regional stakeholder forum for two proposed hydropower projects in Laos because its concerns were ignored by the organizing body.

Energy-hungry Cambodia shows no sign of backing down on coal

As Cambodia’s economy goes through a rapid expansion with foreign investments pouring in, the country is turning to polluting coal power to meet growing energy demands, risking the health of the people and the welfare of the environment.

Floods in Cambodia mean more problems to come

The massive release of water caused flash floods in southern Laos and parts of Cambodia. Though the floods happened nearly two months ago, people are yet to experience the worst of it.

Cambodian designers turning trash and recyclables into high fashion want to make people rethink...

Members of the recycling collective La Chhouk started with a dress made from brown rice sacks decorated with beer bottle tops and broken CDs which was later worn by a Miss Cambodia runner-up at an international beauty pageant.

Death Toll Rises in Floods, Landslides in Laos

The number of dead continues to climb as updated reports come in from remote areas of Laos hit by flooding and landslides in recent weeks, Lao sources say.

Dams spell catastrophe for Cambodia, but an alternative exists

The deadly dam collapse in Laos in late July brings Cambodia’s own grand plans for hydropower into question – and thrusts solar power to the forefront of the Kingdom’s quest for energy independence.

Asia’s Rising Appetite for Meat, Seafood Will ‘Strain Environment’

Asia’s growing appetite for meat and seafood over the next three decades will cause huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics used in foods, researchers said Tuesday.

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Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake threatened by climate change (video)

As one of the biggest inland fisheries in the world, Cambodia's Tonle Sap has sustained generations of fishermen. But a combination of natural and man-made changes are impacting livelihoods, forcing the fishermen to seek new ways to make ends meet.