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Disaster-Proofing Cambodia: New Phase of Disaster Resilience Work Gets Underway
The programme, which commenced in July 2016, aims to help at least 150,000 Cambodians prepare for droughts, floods and storms. However, for the first time, work is focused on cities like Phnom Penh and Kampot, as much as rural areas in Kampong Speu, Siem Reap, Battambang and Kampong Chhnang provinces.
“Climate change means natural disasters are getting more frequent and more severe across the country,” said Hun Boramey, Acting Country Director at ActionAid Cambodia. “The 2013 floods cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and the human cost of this year’s drought is impossible to calculate”.
For many people, these kinds of incidents simply push…
Electricity trial to pay users to cut power during high demand or natural disasters
South Australian and Victorian electricity users will be paid to voluntarily forego power use during times of extreme stress on the power grid under a trial program announced by national energy regulators.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (Aemo) are looking to trial the program next summer, following outages earlier this year in South Australia and New South Wales caused by “an unprecedented level of demand”.
Households and businesses who sign up will be paid for agreeing to be on standby to cut their use during times of increased demand or natural disaster, and then paid again if their electricity is actually reduced…