Air pollution is hardly Cambodia’s highest priority

IMG_4481There is no end of troubling issues in developing countries such as Cambodia, among them sex trafficking, corruption, poverty and illiteracy.

CharcoalIt is no wonder, then, that the environment tends to get short shrift, what with lakes being eliminated to allow the building of high-rises, forested land being devastated by loggers and teachers being underpaid.  The list is long, and the foregoing items barely scratch the surface.

Air pollution is way down any list.  The streets of Phnom Penh are clogged with a constantly rising number of  motos, tuk-tuks and the elite’s SUVs (most of the last mysteriously black), all of them spewing stuff that no one ought breathe. Continue reading