Preserving Legends to Protect the Environment

Preserving Legends to Protect the Environment  By MIRIAM ACZEL The Mekong River, one of the longest river systems in Asia—and twelfth longest in the world–flows through six countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. The Mekong Basin is particularly rich in biodiversity, and provides both crucial habitat for plant and animal species as well as … More Preserving Legends to Protect the Environment

Cambodia’s Buddhist Monks Fight Against Deforestation

Cambodia’s Buddhist Monks Fight Against Deforestation By DEBRA ACZEL and MIRIAM ACZEL Deforestation is a major environmental threat in Cambodia According to a study published last year in Science Advances, Cambodia has some of the world’s highest rates of deforestation. For example, according to a World Bank report, in 1990 over 73% of the country’s land area … More Cambodia’s Buddhist Monks Fight Against Deforestation

Cambodia’s Renewable Energy Prospects

Cambodia’s Renewable Energy Prospects By DEBRA ACZEL At the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), December 2015, 195 countries signed a remarkable agreement to work together to address climate change globally by reducing carbon emissions. (The U.S. has since withdrawn.) The Paris Agreement includes a plan for wealthier nations to help less-developed, poorer nations adapt to climate change … More Cambodia’s Renewable Energy Prospects

Energy in Cambodia: Challenges and Opportunities

By DEBRA ACZEL Bringing energy to all Cambodians The United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 produced 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), designed as a blueprint to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. The MDG target date came and passed at the end of 2015. After analyzing the successes and shortcomings … More Energy in Cambodia: Challenges and Opportunities

Oldest zero?

The Bodleian Library of Oxford has housed the famous Bakhshali manuscript since 1902, and there has been speculation about just how old it is. It contains an early representation of the “0” as a dot–the same depiction of zero as found in k-127. We haven’t known just how old the Bakhshali and dating it is … More Oldest zero?