Monday, December 16, 2019

Environment

Cambodia’s lifeline threatened as Mekong recedes to historic low

Dams, low rainfall and changing climate blamed for decline in river's fortunes amid worries about crucial food supply.

The deadly cost of sand mining

Early this year, a 16-minute documentary called “Lost World” was released. The documentary, directed by Kalyanee Mam and produced by Go Project Films, the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, and Heinrich Böll Stiftung, showcases the damage done to Cambodian coastal fisheries by the industrial-scale dredging of sand for sale.

Youth climate strikes sweep Asia ahead of UN Climate Action Summit

When Super-Hurricane Haiyan descended on the Philippines in 2013, it not only left behind more than 7,400 casualties and nearly $5 billion in destruction. It also helped birth a strong youth climate justice movement.

Tortoise protection in Cambodia

Some 60 percent of all turtles worldwide are threatened, endangered or critically endangered. At the ACCB in Cambodia - where turtles are eaten and also used in traditional medicine - conservationists are working to protect endangered tortoise species and boost their populations.

Reacting to reform: Cambodia’s environment

Cambodia’s new environmental policies are promising, but they also signal a government agenda to consolidate power over the country’s forests, Sarah Milne writes.

Thousands evacuated as deadly flooding hits Cambodia

Eleven people, including two children, have died and 10,000 families have been evacuated across 14 provinces in the past 10 days due to severe flooding, Kun Kim, president of Cambodia's National Disaster Management Committee, said on Wednesday.

In Cambodia, sand mining is big business — but it comes at a price

Sand mining accounts for 85 percent of all worldwide mineral extraction, a $70 billion industry.

Despite Seasonal Floods Now, Experts See Risk of Mekong Drying Up

Two leading experts on water issues in Asia warn that parts of Vietnam’s fertile southernmost areas bordering Southeast Asia’s longest river, the Mekong, are in danger of drying up.

Start of Latest Mekong Dam Draws Fears of River’s ‘Tipping Point’

Some 50 million people downstream rely for a living on river's waters, along with fish and sediment it washes their way; researchers and environmental advocates say dam could block both.

Mekong River flooding expected next week

The much anticipated annual flooding season in the Mekong Delta is set to arrive in the next few days, much later than usual.

Mekong: When the river runs dry

Both drought and upstream water releases again challenge the control of the Mekong River.

Tigers are doomed if efforts to save them remain wanting

Cambodia’s last wild tiger is dead and he died in captivity. Jasper, as the 21-year-old tiger was called, was rescued as a cub from poachers, who helped drive Indochinese tigers extinct in the Southeast Asian nation within just a few short years.

A new dam on the Mekong could cause a biodiversity crisis

The Tonle Sap Lake is called the Great Lake by Cambodians for good reason. The scenic lake spans a vast area as the largest freshwater body in Southeast Asia. Its quaint waterborne villages are popular with tourists.

4 Companies Trying to Help You Use Less Plastic

Even replacing just a couple items in your house with plastic-free alternatives is a great start.

How Cambodia’s five-star Song Saa Private Island leads sustainable luxury travel in Southeast Asia

Over lunch at Louise in Central, Rory Hunter and Melita Koulmandas Hunter, the Hong Kong-based couple behind Song Saa Private Island resort, talk about environmental conservation and empowering the local community.

Indigenous people need a say on water rights, U.N. rapporteur urges

Indigenous knowledge, which could be key in making smart decisions about water, is being left out, an indigenous expert warns.

Coal plant deemed too polluting for China heads to Cambodia

As it cleans up at home, China is exporting coal power equipment and carbon emissions

A Conversation on the Mekong and a Changing Southeast Asia

Luke Hunt speaks to Milton Osborne about the threat to the Mekong River amid a changing environment in the subregion.

As the world warms up, Dengue could spread

Scientists expect warming temperatures will lead to worse dengue outbreaks in places the disease already lurks, and outbreaks in brand new places.

Something Is Very Wrong on the Mekong River

This year’s drought is just a preview of more dire problems to come if government don’t change course.

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