For the past two years, activists have mounted media campaigns, protests and roadblocks to prevent a hydropower project that would submerge the natural beauty of Cambodia's Areng Valley. Prime Minister Hun Sen has now put the dam on hold.
China has announced a ban on ivory imports with immediate effect. The ban, which is initially limited to twelve months, will only apply to mainland China – not to Hong Kong, which is the main port of entry for illicit ivory.
Farmer and activist Javier Ramírez was finally freed after 308 days behind bars for speaking out against the destruction of his homeland for a copper mine. International environmental and human rights organizations demanded his immediate and unconditional release.