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FILE (Photo by the Associated Press) - In this July 19, 2007 file photo, an iceberg is seen melting off the coast of Ammasalik, Greenland. A new assessment of climate change in the Arctic shows the ice in the region is melting faster than previously thought and sharply raises projections of global sea level rise this centuryThe majority of Cambodians have little understanding of the causes of climate change, due to a lack of information, a new poll has found.

In a survey by the BBC World Service Trust of 2,401 Cambodians from all walks of life, about 85 percent said they had heard of climate change, although they associated it with disease, farming troubles and drought.

Very few respondents connected climate change or global warming with industry or vehicle use, according to the report, “Understanding Public Perception of Climate Change in Cambodia.”

More understanding could come from clear explanations, Charles Hamilton, country director for the World Service Trust, said in announcing the survey results in Phnom Penh this week.

Read more: Few Equate Climate Change With Its Causes: Study

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The monks of Sorng Rukavorn forest in Oddar Meanchey province, CambodiaFor years, the guardians of Sorng Rukavorn forest have drifted through the muted greens and grays of the underbrush in their saffron robes. In the far north of Cambodia, the monks live in what should be peaceful isolation, but all too often they have had to fend off incursions on this land. Using their authority as holy figures, they've turned away illegal loggers — among them, they say, armed police and soldiers — as well as local officials who have tried to wrestle control of the public land to parcel it out for their own profit.

Read more: Monks Fight to Get Cambodian Forests on the Carbon Market

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Farmers in Siem Reap province are receiving training in sustainable agricultural methods as part of a five year, US$2.9 million project aimed at protecting environmentally vulnerable areas from the effects of climate change. 

The project developed by United Kingdom-based child development organisation Plan International, in cooperation with the Cambodia Centre for Study and Development in Agriculture, has received $2.4 million in funding from the European Union and will provide services to 7,084 small-scale farmers in four districts of Siem Reap province. 

Read more: Training aims to alleviate climate impact

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