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Why are trees being ordained as monks in Thailand?

As development in Thailand is increasing, so is deforestation. Acres of forests are cleared for contract farming, habitats are torn down to make room for new factories, and soil is eroded, causing massive flooding during the rainy season. But amid the environmental wreckage, some trees remain untouched. These trees are …

North Korea’s Impending Perfect Storm | The Diplomat

Severe drought and deforestation puts the country a few major downpours away from devastation. According to a 2017 report by the UN Food Agriculture Organization (FAO), North Korea is experiencing its most severe drought since 2001. While the more obvious consequences of this include food shortages, there is another major …

Thai police seize 14 elephants with fake IDs

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said they seized more than a dozen elephants Wednesday in raids after busting a gang that allegedly provided the animals’ owners with false identification papers. Fourteen unregistered or illegally registered elephants were taken in simultaneous raids on tourist destinations in the southern provinces of Phang …

Cambodia Election Campaign Promises Little Change | TIME.com

Cambodia may officially be a democracy, but call it one and you’ll get a swift reality check from anyone familiar with the Southeast Asian nation, where one month’s campaigning for general elections begins this week. Controversy over land rights, deforestation, extractive industries and rampant corruption has bolstered support for the …