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As China Builds, Cambodia’s Forests Fall

Michael Sullivan at National Public Radio describes how Cambodia’s forests are falling prey to China’s enormous demand for lumber: “It’s just like in the United States in the 1960s, when every single...

Obama Visit Shows U.S.-China Rivalry Over Myanmar

Little more than a year ago, there was talk of Myanmar (also known as Burma) as a “Chinese California”, offering China a west coast onto the Indian Ocean. Now, Coke and Pepsi billboards glare at each other across...

Appetite for Bamboo Is Damaging Forests

Bamboo is often marketed as a green wonder material, but its cultivation can be seriously destructive to local ecosystems. Sean Gallagher reports for the Pulitzer Center on surging bamboo production in Sichuan and its...

Ethnic Minority Commits Cultural Suicide

Global Times reports from a Primi ethnic minority village in remote Yunnan Province: Zhang Hong was crushed upon hearing the 70 Primi ethnic minority families living in the poor, remote virgin forest hamlet of Yushichang finally...

Illegal Export of Logs Prevented

Mozambican authorities have uncovered logs that were ready to be illegally shipped to China. From Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique: According to a statement from the Tax Authority, the customs services in the northern...

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