Each year in South East Asia, the months from June through October see monsoon rains, consisting of torrential daily rainfall. This is a predicable annual event in Cambodia, where 75% of the country lies no more than 100m above sea level, and sophisticated irrigation systems and reservoirs were built a thousand years ago. As increasing population, tourism and industrialisation hamper Cambodia’s ability to manage flooding, what can we in the UK still learn from Cambodia about flood management?
Ancient civilisations usually don’t get wiped out by just one thing, but the Rapa Nui of Easter Island and the Nasca of Peru both appear to have been undone by deforestation. What factors drove the destruction of the Nasca, and what is different 1500 years on?
A fascinating article on the Washington Monthly website by (I kid you not) Rhett Butler, Big REDD is an in-depth analysis of issues around deforestation, carbon capture, the rights of indigenous peoples, forest monitoring, Kyoto and the upcoming Copenhagen climate agreement. Read it now.