One of many construction projects in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Pictures: Jonas Gratzer

Asian demand for cement destroys stunning cliffs in Cambodia – pulverised for their limestone

Across the continent, a construction boom is driving record demand for a core constituent of cement – limestone – resulting in the utter destruction of unique and fragile ecosystems

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One of many construction projects in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Pictures: Jonas Gratzer
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Per Liljas

Per Liljas

Per Liljas has been writing about Africa, Latin America and the United States, but for most of the past decade he has been covering South and Southeast Asia. Between 2013 and 2016 he loved calling Hong Kong home, while working mainly for Time Magazine. Now in Auckland, he keeps travelling back. For stories, of course, but also for the buzz, for friends, and all the delicious food that sets this part of the world apart from everywhere else.