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Students participate in the ‘Together for Climate’ event on Sunday at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center in Phnom Penh. (Aria Danaparamita/The Cambodia Daily)

On the eve of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, about 140 young people gathered in Phnom Penh on Sunday to discuss the effects of climate change on Cambodia and ways that it can be mitigated.

Read more: Youth Gather to Talk About Climate Change

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Children try to escape the afternoon heat by playing in a canal in Kandal province earlier this year. Vireak Mai

As the weather pattern known as El Niño threatens to wreak havoc on climactic conditions across the globe, the Cambodian government has warned that higher-than-usual temperatures, which already sparked droughts this year, will cause next year’s rainy season to be even shorter.

Read more: Another drought year in store for Cambodia

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Children ride past a factory on their way home from school on the outskirts of Phnom Penh as its chimney spews out emissions. Heng Chivoan

With only just over two months remaining until the annual United Nations climate change talks in Paris (COP 21), NGO Forum in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment on Friday released a policy brief on the Kingdom’s negotiating position as Southeast Asia’s most climate-change vulnerable country.

Read more: Kingdom preps for Paris talks

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