The volume of discarded electronics in East and South-East Asia jumped almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast in both total volume and per capita measures, new UNU research shows.
Driven by rising incomes and high demand for new gadgets and appliances, the average increase in e-waste across all 12 countries and areas analysed — Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Province of China, Thailand and Vietnam — was 63% in the five years ending in 2015 and totalled 12.3 million tonnes, a weight 2.4 times that of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
China alone more than doubled its generation of e-waste between 2010 and 2015 to 6.7 million tonnes, up 107%. Tiếp tục đọc “E-Waste in East and South-East Asia Jumps 63% in Five Years”
Gislounge_The Mekong River Delta is an important water source flowing through South East Asia. Primarily feeding the rice fields of Vietnam, the Mekong River Delta has long been an area of great fertility due to water flow and silt build up. However, agricultural efforts in the area have shown a decline in production because of the weather effects of El Niño. This year’s El Niño has been particularly strong, causing droughts in South East Asia.
Satellites including Europe’s Sentinel-1A can now track the rise and fall of different agricultural products around the world. The satellite’s imagery showed that rice production in the Mekong Delta has decreased in the past year, threatening the livelihoods of local farmers as well as food security worldwide. Tiếp tục đọc “Using Remote Sensing to Map Rice Paddy Drop in the Mekong Delta”
fortune_Eight months after Apple CEO Tim Cook staged a very public spat with U.S. law officials over accessing users’ private data, Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma is moving in the opposite direction. Sort through our country’s data, he told Chinese law officials last Friday, it can help pinpoint terrorist activity. Tiếp tục đọc “Why Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Is Cozying Up With China’s Cops”
The recycling activities carried out in Vietnam are just preliminary treatment, as the country still cannot make refined materials for production.
Thirty years ago, TV sets were luxury products for Vietnamese. But now, one family may own 2-3 TV sets and change TVs once every several years. This has resulted in an increasingly high volume of electronic waste. Tiếp tục đọc “Electronic waste still cannot be recycled in Vietnam”
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has warned that the fishing output has exceeded the permitted limit by 30 percent, especially aquatic creatures of the bottom layer. While the average permitted exploitation limit is 2.45 million tons a year, the total exploitation output has reached 3.1 million tons. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam sea poisoned by economic, tourism activities”
The current rat hunting season has offered a good chance for many farmers in Hanoi’s outlying district of Thach That to earn money.
Hundreds of people in Canh Nau, Di Nau commues in Thach That are flocking to local fields for hunting rats. Each kilo of rat meat is sold at between VND100,000 (USD4.54) and VND120,000 (USD5.45), more expensive than pork or chicken.
The rat hunting season often lasts from the lunar month of September to the lunar month of December after the summer-autumn rice crop. During this time, many households in Canh Nau can earn around VND1 million (USD45.4) per day. Tiếp tục đọc “Hanoi farmers earn big during rat hunting season”
Large areas of protection forest in northern Vietnam are being ravaged by human activity, believed to be the main cause of a recent increase in flash floods and landslides.
A probe by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has revealed that vast areas of protection forest in the mountainous provinces of the north, crucial for protecting groundwater and soil, as well as preventing erosion, are being destroyed. Tiếp tục đọc “Protection forest devastated in northern Vietnam”
|Trade ministers pose for a photo during the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Ministerial Meeting in Manila Sunday. — Photo Kyodo|
|Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) receives General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping in the central city of Đà Nẵng on November 11. — VNA/VNS Photo|
During a meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping in Đà Nẵng on November 11, PM Phúc applauded the Chinese leader’s State visit to Việt Nam and his attendance at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in the central city. Tiếp tục đọc “PM: Việt Nam attaches importance to relations with China”