Returning ISIS fighters: How should governments deal with them?

theconomist_ISIS fighters are returning home to Europe. In Britain, half of the 850 citizens known to have joined ISIS have already come back. As France marks the two-year anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on its soil, governments have to decide what to do with returning foreign fighters.

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Beyond recycling: solving e-waste problems must include designers and consumers

theconversation_Agbogbloshie, an area in the city of Accra Ghana, is usually portrayed as an e-waste dump. A more accurate picture would include the repair and refurbishment economy. Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform

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E-Waste in East and South-East Asia Jumps 63% in Five Years

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    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%. Continue reading “E-Waste in East and South-East Asia Jumps 63% in Five Years”

Using Remote Sensing to Map Rice Paddy Drop in the Mekong Delta

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. Continue reading “Using Remote Sensing to Map Rice Paddy Drop in the Mekong Delta”

Why Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Is Cozying Up With China’s Cops

By Scott Cendrowski

October 26, 2016

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. Continue reading “Why Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Is Cozying Up With China’s Cops”

Electronic waste still cannot be recycled in Vietnam

Last update 07:10 | 14/11/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The ‘mountain of electronic waste’ in Vietnam is receiving an additional 100,000 tons of waste each year. 

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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. Continue reading “Electronic waste still cannot be recycled in Vietnam”

Vietnam sea poisoned by economic, tourism activities

Last update 07:10 | 13/11/2017
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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. Continue reading “Vietnam sea poisoned by economic, tourism activities”

Hanoi farmers earn big during rat hunting season

Last update 06:30 | 12/11/2017

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.

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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. Continue reading “Hanoi farmers earn big during rat hunting season”

Protection forest devastated in northern Vietnam

These natural forests have been exploited for wood for quite a long time

By Tuoi Tre News

November 13, 2017, 21:00 GMT+7

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A chopped down tree trunk in the middle of a protection forest in Nam Tha Commune in northern Lao Cai Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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. Continue reading “Protection forest devastated in northern Vietnam”

RCEP negotiating nations now aim to conclude agreement in 2018+

vietnamnews Update: November, 13/2017 – 11:00

Trade ministers pose for a photo during the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Ministerial Meeting in Manila Sunday. — Photo Kyodo
Viet Nam News MANILA — The 16 nations involved in negotiating a free trade bloc in East Asia including China and India have now agreed to push to conclude an agreement in 2018, having missed deadlines for three years. Continue reading “RCEP negotiating nations now aim to conclude agreement in 2018+”

PM: Việt Nam attaches importance to relations with China

Update: November, 12/2017 – 23:28

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
Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG — The Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) and the Vietnamese Government treasure the comprehensive strategic partnership with China, considering it a consistent policy, a strategic choice and a top priority in Việt Nam’s foreign policy, said Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.

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. Continue reading “PM: Việt Nam attaches importance to relations with China”