Soldiers reportedly kill forest defenders in Cambodia after they challenged illegal loggers

January 31, 2018 by  
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Government forces reportedly attacked a forest protection ranger, conservation worker, and military police officer in a part of northeastern Cambodia that grapples with illegal logging, the Associated Press reported . The soldiers killed the forest defenders in what seemed to be retaliation after the three-person team seized equipment from illegal loggers , according to officials. Senior environmental official Keo Sopheak said, “The three were killed not by robbers or a guerrilla group but they were shot by government armed forces who backed the illegal timber cutting.” The three-person team had been patrolling the Keo Seima wildlife sanctuary , according to the Associated Press, which described them as the latest victims in a trend of environmental defenders murdered by people seeking to exploit natural resources for financial gain. They’d confiscated motorcycles and chainsaws from Vietnamese people illegally logging, Sopheak said. Per the Associated Press, security forces in Cambodia sometimes work with illegal loggers who then smuggle the timber into Vietnam nearby. Related: 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes 6 activists who risk life and limb to protect the environment On their page about the Keo Seima wildlife sanctuary, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia said the Seima Protection Forest (SPF) “boasts more than 60 species that are Globally Threatened, Near-threatened, or Data Deficient by IUCN criteria. The area is home to 25 different species of carnivore, including Tiger and seven other species of wild cat. The SPF is of international importance for the conservation of primates , Asian elephants, wild cattle, and several species of birds.” Sopheak said the civilian killed was a WCS Cambodian employee. Illicit wood trade is a multimillion dollar affair across southeast Asia , per the Associated Press, with China as a major market. The Keo Seima sanctuary reportedly contains valuable timber alongside threatened wildlife species. Via The Associated Press on The Guardian Images via Flickr ,  Depositphotos and Pixabay

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Mobile cooler designed by 22-year-old Will Broadway could save 1.5 million lives

September 9, 2016 by  
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Transporting vaccines in developing countries can be precarious. Highly sensitive to temperature, vaccines can be damaged if they freeze or even if the car transporting them gets stuck in traffic. Loughborough University industrial design graduate Will Broadway utilized his final year at the university to devise Isobar , a mobile vaccine cooler which could potentially save 1.5 million lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR-6BlB7G1Q Isobar heats water and ammonia to generate ammonia vapors, which are released into the main chamber to maintain a temperature of two to eight degrees Celsius (around 35 to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to keep vaccines stable. Broadway designed an insulated backpack that can transport the Isobar easily. He created two methods of recharging the device as well, through propane or through electricity. He specifically designed the Isobar to be small so it could also be carried conveniently via the device’s handle. Related: This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge Broadway drew inspiration from travels in Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and China. He also counts Albert Einstein as an influence. In the 1920’s, Einstein designed a device that provided refrigeration without electricity. The device worked through a chemical process that just needed a heat source. Broadway’s Isobar won him a national James Dyson Award . Broadway’s goal is not to profit from Isobar, but to get it to the people who desperately need vaccines. He told BBC Newsbeat, “Medical products have such a big markup that it’s unreasonable for people around the world to purchase these items. If it is the best thing available, then it should be out there saving lives…I wanted to make something for people who have next to nothing. It should be a basic human right, in my opinion, to have a vaccination.” Next up: production. Broadway intends to develop the device for widespread use, and thinks they could also be used to transport organ transplants or blood donations. He said there even could be an application for commercial cooling. + Isobar Via BBC Newsbeat and The Guardian Images via screenshot

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Tiger populations have increased for the first time in 100 years

April 11, 2016 by  
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Wild tiger populations are on the rise for the first time in 100 years, according to a new report released by the World Wildlife Fund . The number of tigers living in the wild has increased over previous estimates, tracing a silver lining around the future of the species. The big cats are still endangered, but continued efforts to support reproduction and reduce threats against wild tiger populations could see populations continue to grow in years to come. Read the rest of Tiger populations have increased for the first time in 100 years

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Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia

April 7, 2016 by  
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Wild tigers have not been found in Cambodia since 2007, leading conservationists to declare the animals “ functionally extinct .” The Cambodian government recently approved a $20 to $50 million Tiger Action Plan to try and save the majestic wild cats Read the rest of Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia

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Eco-conscious Neeson Cripps Academy will empower Cambodia’s impoverished youth

August 7, 2015 by  
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Community-designed eco-lodge saves wildlife in Cambodia

April 2, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Community-designed eco-lodge saves wildlife in Cambodia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , adobe and lime plaster , Atelier COLE , bamboo , Cambodia , eco lodge , eco-tourism , giant ibis , ibis , Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary , locally sourced materials , natural ventilation , Recycled Materials , Tmat Boey , wildlife conservation society

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Planned eco-tourism center will pay respects to Cambodia’s wildlife and dark history

January 14, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Planned eco-tourism center will pay respects to Cambodia’s wildlife and dark history Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ang Trapeang Thmor , Atelier COLE , Cambodia , Cambodian Civil War , ecological hotspot , ecotourism , forest lake , information center , interpretation center , Khmer Rouge , northeast Cambodia , rare birds , Wildlife , wildlife conservation society , wildlife reserve

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Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn

January 14, 2015 by  
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Public green space in the form of three new parks will soon cover much of the famous Autobahn, as it passes through Hamburg , Germany. The 8,000-mile road network runs through Hamburg’s city center, dividing the east and west with noisy traffic. The plan, developed by the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment, will see sections of the highway line topped with green roofs that welcome locals to enjoy the new lush landscapes. Read the rest of Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autobahn , eco design , green design , green plan germany , Hamburg greenspace , Ministry of Urban Development and Environment , sustainable design

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Laos Dam Construction Could Drive the Mekong River Irrawaddy Dolphins to Extinction

May 28, 2014 by  
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The WWF reports that construction of a dam on the Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos could spell the end for the last 85 Irrawaddy dolphins . Construction on the Don Sahong dam, which is being spearheaded by Mega First Corporation Berhad , is scheduled to start within a few months. The heavy construction would be extremely damaging to the dolphins as their sensitive hearing would be devastated by the explosives used to excavate the large amounts of rock. Read the rest of Laos Dam Construction Could Drive the Mekong River Irrawaddy Dolphins to Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animals driven to extinction , Cambodia , dam construction , Don Sahong Dam , Irrawaddy Dolphins , Laos , Mekong River , Mekong River pollution , river dolphins , wwf

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Nestlé’s approach to sustainable agriculture

September 25, 2013 by  
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The company shares practices with competitors and has funded training for thousands of farmers in Cambodia.

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