ADB loans support green VN cities

Update: November, 03/2017 – 09:00

Repair work is conducted on a drainage system on Điện Biên Phủ Street in central Huế City. About 22km of drainage pipelines in the city are going to be upgraded with financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). — Photo
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved US$170 million in loans to help the Government of Việt Nam upgrade urban infrastructure and address climate change, benefiting about 116,000 households in Huế, Vĩnh Yên, and Hà Giang cities.

“Urbanisation has had a positive impact on Việt Nam’s growth. But many cities, even as they continue to be the centre of economic activities, lack key urban infrastructure services and remain vulnerable to climate change, particularly flooding,” said Satoshi Ishii, a Principal Urban Development Specialist at ADB. Tiếp tục đọc “ADB loans support green VN cities”

Pine forest cut down, sold as vacant land


Update: November, 03/2017 – 19:30

Twenty pine trees were cut down in an area of more than 1,000sq.m. — Photo
Viet Nam News LÂM ĐỒNG — Đà Lạt City officials, on Friday, began an investigation into the deforestation in Commune 12’s subzone 151.

Two suspects being investigated are 36-year-old Đoàn Văn Dũng from Đồng Nai Province and 31-year-old Nguyễn Văn Ngọc from Thái Bình Province. Tiếp tục đọc “Pine forest cut down, sold as vacant land”

Deforestation ongoing in Bình Đình: Report


Update: November, 01/2017 – 15:30

Nearly 16ha of natural forest have been lost. — VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kha
BÌNH ĐỊNH — Nearly 16ha of natural forests in Canh Thuận Commune, Vân Canh District, Bình Định Province, were recently chopped down, according to a report of the provincial forest protection branch.

Accordingly, as many as 15.754ha of production forests in zone 367 were destroyed in August this year.

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Officials seek to stop dumping of 62,000cu.m of mud waste


Update: November, 03/2017 – 19:30

Concerned about the environmental impact, Quảng Ngãi Province People’s Committee has asked to dumping mud waste to be stopped. — Photo
Viet Nam News QUẢNG NGÃI — Quảng Ngãi Province People’s Committee, on Friday, urged the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE) to ask Việt Nam Maritime Safety – North (VMS – North) to stop the dumping of 62,000cu.m of waste mud near Mỹ Khê Beach.

According to the People’s Committee, because of environmental consequences, VMS – North has to halt the dumping plan, as they await the official decision of the local authority. Tiếp tục đọc “Officials seek to stop dumping of 62,000cu.m of mud waste”

APEC a driving force for Việt Nam reform


Update: November, 03/2017 – 16:00

Bùi Thanh Sơn, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Since joining APEC in 1998, the forum has become an important driving force in helping the country carry out reforms, peform economic restructuring and integration, propel the nation’s growth – and become a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).Bùi Thanh Sơn, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, told Việt Nam News Agency this before the upcoming APEC Summit to be held in the central City of Đà Nẵng in early November.

Since 1998, when Việt Nam became an APEC member, the forum has helped the nation diversify and multilateralise its international relations while deepening its bilateral relations with many nations and international organisations. Being an APEC member, Việt Nam has done its best to further consolidate an environment of peace, co-operation and development among member nations. Tiếp tục đọc “APEC a driving force for Việt Nam reform”

The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming


The UN is warning that we are now on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world

When UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new figure on the table: 3C.

Until now, global efforts such as the Paris climate agreement have tried to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. However, with latest projections pointing to an increase of 3.2C by 2100, these goals seem to be slipping out of reach.

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“[We] still find ourselves in a situation where we are not doing nearly enough to save hundreds of millions of people from a miserable future,” said Erik Solheim, the UN environment chief, ahead of the upcoming Bonn conference.

One of the biggest resulting threats to cities around the world is sea-level rise, caused by the expansion of water at higher temperatures and melting ice sheets on the north and south poles. Tiếp tục đọc “The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming”

US bombers fly drill near Korean peninsula


Handout photo of a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer takes-off to fly a bilateral mission with Japanese and South Korea Air Force jets in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan from Anderson AFB in Guam

WASHINGTON: US bombers overflew the Korean peninsula Thursday (Nov 2) as part of an exercise with Japanese and South Korean warplanes, the US Air Force said, days before President Donald Trump arrives in the region for a trip set to be dominated by the nuclear-armed North.

Tensions are high over Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and atomic programmes, which in recent months have seen it test ICBMs and carry out its sixth nuclear blast. Tiếp tục đọc “US bombers fly drill near Korean peninsula”

China says hopes US can ‘help, not cause problems’ in South China Sea

 Reuters – China and Vietnam have reached agreement on managing their dispute in the South China Sea through friendly talks, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday, following an ugly spat over the summer between the two communist neighbours.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) poses for photo with Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh before their meeting at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kham

BEIJING: China hopes the United States can “help and not cause problems” in the disputed South China Sea, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday ahead of next week’s visit to Beijing by President Donald Trump. Tiếp tục đọc “China says hopes US can ‘help, not cause problems’ in South China Sea”

Trump Heads to Asia With an Ambitious Agenda but Little to Offer

By New York Times

President Trump in Dallas last month. He leaves on Friday for an 11-day, five-nation trip through Asia. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump departs on his first trip to Asia on Friday weakened and scandal-scarred, ready to face off against newly empowered Chinese and Japanese leaders in a region increasingly determined to set its course without American direction.

The White House is framing the trip as a chance for Mr. Trump to showcase his budding personal relationships with President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan — a forceful world leader pressing his peers to negotiate fairer trade deals with the United States and to intensify the pressure on nuclear-armed North Korea.

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