Mercury crosses border gates, affecting environment

Last update 00:03 | 22/05/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Acid deposition and photochemical smog have appeared in recent years, mostly in summer months when the weather is dry and hot, especially in large urban areas such as Hanoi and HCMC.

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According to Nguyen Van Thuy, director of the Environment Monitoring Center, besides domestic polluting sources, Vietnam is facing cross-border pollution as it is located next to countries with strong production such as China.

Thuy said Vietnam also bears influences from territories relatively far away from Vietnam. In winter, when the northeast monsoon comes down to the north, the pollutants from China are brought to Vietnam.

Though scientists still have not found clear signs of acid deposition, photochemical smog and cross-border pollution, there have been some certain signs.

The acid deposition monitoring has detected contaminants from other countries.

Mercury pollution is one of the most serious problems, according to Thuy, which is now a big concern for many countries.

On the map of mercury emissions in the world’s atmosphere, scientists mark the entire east coast of China as dense with mercury emissions. Mercury from China spreads to neighboring countries such as Japan and Korea.

On the map of mercury emissions in the world’s atmosphere, scientists mark the entire east coast of China as dense with mercury emissions. Mercury from China spreads to neighboring countries such as Japan and Korea.

There has been no official figure about the influences to Vietnam, but the influences are inevitable, because of the geographical position and favorable conditions for the spread (the northeast monsoon).

The Minamata Convention on Mercury, the global treaty to protect human health and environment from the adverse effects of mercury, created after an accident where thousands of people died of mercury infection on Miamanta Bay, has been ratified by 38 countries.

The treaty will take effects when the number of ratified countries reaches 50. If so, a global monitoring network will be built to keep watch over the spread of mercury in the atmosphere.

Also according to Thuy, Vietnam has begun joining acid deposition, mercury spreading and cross-border pollutant monitoring network, and therefore, figures will be available soon.

Truong Manh Tien, chair of the Environmental Economics Association, also said that once mercury pollution from China spreads to Japan, South Korea and the US, Vietnam also suffers.

He said Vietnam needs to sign  international treaties to build up commitments between the two countries on cross-border pollution problems.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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