Wednesday, 10 February 2016

    Environment

    Put Don Sahong Dam on U.S.-ASEAN Agenda, Say Campaigners

    Cambodian nongovernmental organization (NGOs) activists shout slogans during a protest against a proposed Don Sahong dam, in a tourist boat along the Tonle Sap river, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. The activists use a tour boat to campaign their opposition against the building of the mega dam. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    08 February 2016
    Civil society groups are calling for Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam project to be discussed when Southeast Asian leaders meet with U.S. President Barack Obama next week. More

    Photogallery January 2016 Snowstorm in Washington: Day 1

    Intrepid Voice of America journalists braved strong winds and blowing snow to photograph the early hours of a massive storm that threatens to dump near-record amounts of snow on Washington.

    Hun Sen Announces Commission to Crack Down on Illegal Logging

    Hun Sen announced the commission at the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers Friday, where he also warned he would begin demoting officials found colluding with timber smugglers.

    Agricultural Experts Say Cambodia Would Benefit From Organic Certifications

    Cambodian farmers are increasingly growing organic rice and vegetables in some places, but there is no official certification available.

    Late Rains Credited for Rising Salt Production

    Salt farmers in Kampot and Kep provinces say that production almost doubled this year as the annual rains arrived late, causing droughts in parts of Cambodia.

    Organic Farmers Look to Expand Production

    According to CEDAC, about 250 farmers have begun growing organic vegetables in four provinces—Takeo, Kompong Speu, Kompong Chhnang and Siem Reap.

    Hun Sen Slams Activists Opposing Hydropower Dams

    His remarks came during the inauguration of a dam located on the Tatay river in Koh Kong province’s Thma Baing district.

    City Hall Searching for New Dump Sites

    The old dump site has about 3 million tons of trash, filling 31 hectares of land. It was filled in just six years.

    Video Farmers and Fishermen See Climate Change Worries

    In the Kampong Phluk fishing village on the Tonle Sap lake, home to thousands of families in Siem Reap province, fishermen say their catch this year has been too poor to live on.

    Laos Could Act as ‘Land Link’ in Integrated Asean

    Officials say the land-locked country can serve as a model for connectivity, helping the region focus on the development gap between the rich and poor countries of Asean.

    Farmers and Fishermen Warily Eye Changes to Climate

    Fishermen say their catch this year has been too poor to live on.

    Hun Sen Calls for Asean Cooperation in Times of Disaster

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday called on Asean member states to work together on cross-border rescues of citizens in the wake of natural or man-made disasters.

    Video Cambodia’s Indigenous Groups Suffer Under Climate Change, Deforestation​

    In the remote province of Ratanakiri, in northeastern Cambodia, deforestation and climate change are taking a heavy toll on communities.

    Video Geography Makes Bangladesh Especially Susceptible to Climate Change

    Because of its geography, a low-lying coastal country at the mouth of a major river system, Bangladesh suffers disproportionately from the effects of global climate change. VOA Khmer's Sreng Leakhena narrates.

    Cambodia’s Indigenous Groups Suffer Under Climate Change, Deforestation

    More than 80 percent of Cambodia’s population relies on agriculture, a major economic pillar of the country.

    Report Calls Cambodia ‘Deadliest’ Country for Environmental Reporting

    Reporters Without Border (RSF) said four of the murders took place in Cambodia, where the group alleged “disgraceful impunity” for perpetrators.

    China Releases New Report on Climate Change

    900 page paper titled 'The Third National Climate Change Assessment Report' details serious consequences global warming will have on China.

    Researchers: Tibetan Glacial Melt Threatens Billions

    Chinese scientists say Tibetan Plateau, the 'roof of the world,' may soon lose most of its glacier and permafrost, dramatically affecting Asia's water supply.

    Ban Urges 'Decisive Turning Point' at Climate Summit

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders gathered Monday in Paris that their major climate summit 'must mark a decisive turning point' toward low emissions, climate resilient future.

    Video Changing Climate Has Major Impacts for Under-Prepared Cambodia

    Cambodia is ranked one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Many of its people rely on agriculture, and the changes to the country’s climate, whether more droughts or more floods, makes them particularly vulnerable.

    Video Optimism on Climate Crisis Heads to Paris

    Despite the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, heads of state from nearly 80 countries are heading to the French capital (November 30) for a two-week meeting to craft a new global agreement to cut climate-changing emissions. VOA Khmer's Chhim Sumedh narrates.

    UN Warns Air Pollution in Asia Pacific Has Rising Cost

    Globally some seven million people a year die prematurely due to indoor and outdoor pollution with about 70 per cent of those deaths in region.

    Leadership on Climate Change Could Help US Efforts in Asia, Experts Say

    Countries in the Asia-Pacific will be particularly vulnerable to climate change, particularly extreme weather.

    Video World Leaders Strive For Universal Climate Deal

    Officials from around the world are actively preparing for the two-week United Nations Climate Change Conference in France next month, hoping to reach a universal legally binding agreement on limiting carbon emissions, after two decades of negotiations. VOA Khmer's Cheoung Pochin narrates.

    Video World Leaders Head to Paris for Climate Deal

    Among the remaining issues is a divide between rich and poor countries over who should pay the cost for climate adaptation.

    Mekong River Dolphin Faces Added Threat of Laos Dam

    Laos says it intends to go forward with the Don Sahong Dam project, despite opposition from Cambodia and Vietnam.

    Sewage System Renovations Fail To Mitigate Flooding

    Cambodia remains increasingly vulnerable to rains that could grow heavier in a changing climate.

    Video Changing Climate Has Major Impacts for Under-Prepared Cambodia

    Cambodia will participate the global summit on climate change in Paris this December. World leaders will meet to find ways to curb climate change, much of which is the responsibility of developed countries, but with can severely impact poorer countries.

    Heavy Use of Cambodia’s Natural Resources Has Climate Effects, Experts Say

    Cambodia is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, because of its reliance on agriculture and fisheries in a changing hydrological system.

    Groups See Carbon Credits as Way to Save Cambodian Forest Cover

    Cambodia has canceled seven out of eight carbon credit projects in the country, between 2011 and 2013.

    Six Years On, Families Evicted for Sugarcane Plantation Still in Limbo

    About 2,000 families were pushed off 19,000 hectares of land that was converted to plantation for sugarcane, which is processed into sugar used by Coca-Cola.

    Cambodia Among Poor Nations at Risk Under Climate Change

    World leaders will meet in December to find ways to curb climate change, much of which is the responsibility of developed countries, but which can severely impact poorer countries.

    With Asean Integration Come More Threats to Natural Resources

    Toek Vannara, director of the NGO Forum, discusses the likely environmental problems Cambodia and other countries could face if they do not act to protect their natural resources.

    Despite Growing Body of Evidence, Officials Reject Deforestation Claims

    Most recently, the Washington-based World Resource Institute said that Cambodia was among the world’s hotspots for tree cover loss.

    Three Environmental Activists Denied Release on Bail

    The three activists are Sun Mala, 23, co-founder of Mother Nature Cambodia; Try Sovikea, 24; and Sim Samnang, 26.

    Bunong Seek to Oust Mondulkiri Provincial Governor

    More than 800 indigenous people in Mondulkiri province are seeking to oust the provincial governor, who is accused of violating the rights of the ethnic minority.

    Protesters March Against Land Grabs on World Habitat Day

    Rights groups say the government has failed to give compensation and prevent the victims of forced evictions from being dragged into poverty.

    Anti-Logging Vigilantes Get International Recognition

    With help from other advocacy groups and nongovernmental organizations, the Prey Lang Community Network was officially formed in 2007.

    Environmental Group Says ‘Inactive’ Government Has Failed Its Forests

    The Prey Lang Community Network, which works to protect Cambodian forests, has been selected by UNDP for an Equator Prize, for outstanding community organizing.

    Cambodia Says Industrialized Nations Must Help Mitigate Climate Change

    Like other countries, Cambodia is preparing its own plan to contribute to the fight against climate change.

    40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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    09 February 2016
    US Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt met with the vice president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, Kem Sokha, on Monday, on a broad range of issues, including recent political tensions. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports.

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