HCM City sets environmental protection legal framework

vietnamnews Update: November, 18/2017 – 09:00

A resident of HCM City’s Bình Tân District collects rubbish from Liên Phường Canal. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Dự
HCM CITY — HCM City has improved environmental protection by completing a legal framework for the purpose and, in recent times, refusing licences for polluting plants and generally tightening environment management and oversight, and improving management of rivers and canals.The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has held a series of workshops on environment management, penalised environmental violators, especially those dumping untreated waste directly into water bodies. Continue reading “HCM City sets environmental protection legal framework”
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Research group, including Vietnamese, makes world’s smallest ‘living robot’

The remote-controlled ‘living robot’ weighs only 1 gramBy Tuoi Tre News

November 18, 2017, 14:59 GMT+7

​Research group, including Vietnamese, makes world’s smallest ‘living robot’
The remote-controlled robot weighs only 1 gram, and cost US$7.4 to make.

A research team consisting of two Vietnamese has created an ‘insect-computer hybrid,’ or a kind of ‘living robot’ the size of a beetle.

The research team from Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is led by professor Hirotaka Sato, specializing in the research and development of living robots, two Vietnamese, Vo Doan Tat Thang and Bui Xuan Hien, and Singapore undergraduate Yong Wen Melvin.

Thang is a post doctoral researcher under the Fellowship for Research at Biological Machine Laboratory at NTU, while Hien is an undergrad. Continue reading “Research group, including Vietnamese, makes world’s smallest ‘living robot’”

Long Bien – a bustling night fruit market in Hanoi

Last update 10:00 | 27/06/2017

Situated at the foot of the Long Bien Bridge in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Long Bien fruit and vegetable market is known as the largest wholesale market in Hanoi and northern Vietnam as a whole.

The 27,000-square-meter market is open daily from 11 p.m. until the small hours of next morning as people rush there to buy and sell fruits and vegetables. The market is where vegetables and fruits are distributed to retailers and street vendors.

The colorful and bustling sight of the night market captures the attention of foreign visitors to the capital.

Many local residents in neighboring provinces also flock to the market to earn a living by providing transport services for traders at the market.

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Global nuclear weapons: downsizing but modernizing

Pie chart showing gloal share of nuclear weapons in January 2016

SPIRI_(Stockholm, 13 June 2016) The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today launches its annual nuclear forces data, which highlights the current trends and developments in world nuclear arsenals. The data shows that while the overall number of nuclear weapons in the world continues to decline, none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future.

At the start of 2016 nine states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea—possessed approximately 4,120 operationally deployed nuclear weapons. If all nuclear warheads are counted, these states together possessed a total of approximately 15,395 nuclear weapons compared with 15,850 in early 2015 (see table 1).

 

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Universities and students are revolutionalizing Sustainability

worldwatch_As leaders of knowledge and innovation, universities are places where sustainable futures are imagined. They are institutions where experts research emerging issues and generate new ideas. They contain multitudes of idealistic and adaptive young students who can be mobilized to protect their futures. It is only natural that some of the most progressive sustainability ideas are emerging from universities.

Universities around the world are striving to curb their wasteful tendencies as well as to foster an atmosphere that encourages environmental consciousness. Here are three areas of campus life that universities have sought to make greener:

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  1. Fostering sustainable lifestyles through transportation initiatives

One of the most pressing issues pertaining to environmental sustainability at universities is transportation. A 2011 study by Complete College America reports that 75 percent of all college students in the United States commute to campus, often traveling by car, bus, and other carbon-emitting vehicles. Overall, the transportation sector is one of the country’s highest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.
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Using real-time satellite data to track water productivity in agriculture

New FAO tool offers water-scarce countries and river basins a way to boost productivity

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Watering crops in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

FAO 20 April 2017, Rome – Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by FAO.

The WaPOR open-access database has gone live, tapping satellite data to help farmers achieve more reliable agricultural yields and allowing for the optimization of irrigation systems.

WaPOR was presented this week during a high-level partners meeting for FAO’s Coping with water scarcity in agriculture: a global framework for action in a changing climate. It allows for fine-grained analysis of water utilised through farming systems, generating empirical evidence about how it can be most productively used.

Worldwide water utilization – the majority of which is used by agriculture – has outpaced the rate of population growth for most of the last century and some regions are close to breaching viable limits. Continue reading “Using real-time satellite data to track water productivity in agriculture”

John Kerry is plotting a renewable energy future … starting in Vietnam

Vietnam wants to build a massive number of coal plants. But a former United States secretary of state is offering the country a cleaner path forward.

John Kerry is working with the Vietnamese government on an alternative to its coal plan — one that could provide the same amount of electricity, but with hydroelectric dams and solar panels instead of fossil fuels. It’s a scheme that would save the country billions of dollars, prevent pollution-related deaths, and keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.

Hints of this effort have surfaced in the Vietnamese press, but a representative for Kerry said he was not ready to speak about his efforts on the record. However, the former presidential candidate discussed his work last week at the Clean Energy Finance Forum held at Stanford University. While remarks made at the forum were initially off the record, Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy subsequently posted a video online of Kerry’s chat with Anne Finucane, a Bank of America vice chairman. (Update: Since Grist published this story, Stanford has taken down the video featuring Kerry and Finucane.)

Fishing with long rackets on Hanoi’s Tich River

Last update 15:37 | 15/11/2017

When the water level lowers in Tich River, the residents in Hanoi’s outlying district of Thach That will come out and submerge in the river with long rackets to catch the fish.

Catching fish with long rackets is considered a traditional culture of the people living by the river.

The locals often gather to catch fish in September or October in the lunar calendar.

During this time, the water level of the Tich River lowers greatly while fish in other lakes and rivers must go this way to reach the sea.

The fishermen often go in groups, cheering and attracting viewers to the river banks. The racket is made from bamboo. The handle is four metres long and the net can be 80cm wide. Continue reading “Fishing with long rackets on Hanoi’s Tich River”

Go to Cam Ranh to explore the beautiful ‘Tam Binh’

Last update 09:00 | 16/09/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – With pristine beauty and blue sea and fine white sand, in recent years “Tam Binh” has become an attractive destination, especially in hot summer days.

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If you love the pristine beauty of the blue sea, without much human impact, “Tam Binh” is the right destination for you.

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Market women depict their lives through photos

Last update 07:00 | 18/11/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – An installation of photos taken by women who sell goods at Bai Da Market on the outskirts of Ha Noi is now on display at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum.

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Artful: The exhibition displayed photos taken by the women arranged in a space created by photographer Binh Dang and artist Duy Ly.

The exhibition is the result of a project carried out by the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) during the last two years.

Photos, videos and stories told by the women and things they use everyday, such as baskets and conical hats, are placed together to look like a market and depict the women’s lives with both happiness and sorrow. Continue reading “Market women depict their lives through photos”

Mobile broadband driving internet growth

Last update 07:10 | 18/11/2017

Vietnam’s fixed line market has seen a significant decline after peaking in 2009, according to Reportbuyer, a leading industry intelligence solution that provides all market research reports from top publishers. Market penetration fell from 20.1 per cent in 2009 to 10.5 per cent in 2012 and 5.7 per cent in 2016.

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Having come late to the internet, meanwhile, Vietnam is finally embracing the higher access speeds offered by various broadband platforms.

Although there has been a surge in subscriber numbers, fixed broadband remains a relatively small but expanding market segment. Continue reading “Mobile broadband driving internet growth”

Tertiary crisis: are more students’ copping out?

Last update 08:09 | 18/11/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – In Viet Nam, getting into a university has been described as a national obsession and getting admission seen as a cut-throat competition.

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Students of the Thai Nguyen Medical School in the northern province of the same name attend a class under the “Smart school” initiative aimed at reforming medical education in the country. — VNA/VNS Photo Thu Hang

However, despite getting through such a tough initiation, more students are failing to stay in college until graduation, and the steady increase in their numbers is worrying educators.

Several factors, including expulsion, dropping out, transferring and repeating courses are said to be the prime causes behind this phenomenon. Continue reading “Tertiary crisis: are more students’ copping out?”