No more dams, float solar panels instead: experts

By Richard Cronin   July 30, 2018 | 08:07 am GMT+7

After studying alternatives to mitigate the impacts of pending dam projects in Laos and Cambodia, experts say, just say NO.

The catastrophic collapse of a dam during unusually heavy rain on July 24 in Laos’ southern Attapeu Province has greatly enhanced the importance of two separate reports by the California-based National Heritage Institution (NHI) on two massive dam projects planned by Laos and Cambodia that would fatally degrade the vital core of the world’s most productive riverine ecosystems and its agriculturally rich Delta.

One report, in fact, specifically addresses the threat posed by plans to construct nearly a dozen massive hydropower dams on the the Xe Kong, the very river system bore the brunt of the upstream dam collapse. Within a couple of days of the dam collapse one of its tributaries the Xe Kong swelled to just short of the 11.5 meters “alarm” level at a measuring station some 287 kilometers downstream in Cambodia.  Some 3,000 people narrowly escaped the rushing mass of water, while some 27 are said to be dead and hundreds more are missing.

Both studies were led by Gregory Thomas, an American with extensive experience studying fisheries and sediment issues on tributary river dams in Vietnam and Laos, and more than a dozen international and regional co-authors and contributors.

The first report, The NHI’s Sambor Alternatives Assessment, was prepared under a 2014 Memorandum of Understanding with the Cambodia Ministry of Mines and Energy and submitted in December 2017.

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Exclusive: Illegal Tiger Trade Fed by ‘Tiger Farms,’ New Evidence Reveals

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A shocking video and new intelligence suggest that legal and illegal captive tiger facilities fuel Asia’s tiger trafficking—with brutal efficiency.

Fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild, but more than 8,000 are held in captive facilities in Asia. Investigations have shown that many of these facilities breed and slaughter tigers for the illegal trade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY DARIO PIGNATELLI, GETT

IN THE LIVING room of a house at the end of a narrow country road in central Vietnam, a little way off the main highway, the skeleton of a tiger was laid out on the floor—the only complete one they had for sale, the man told the pair of visitors.

It was an attractive offer for someone looking to make tiger bone wine, a coveted brew made from bones soaked in rice wine, but what the visitors were interested in were the live tigers.
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Quyền được sống – nhìn từ Luật Đất đai

NĐT  15:48 | Thứ hai, 30/07/2018

Ngày 12.7, Tòa án Nhân dân Cấp cao tại TP.HCM đã phúc thẩm vụ nổ súng trong tranh chấp đất đai gây chết người vào rạng sáng 23.10.2016 ở Đắk Nông. Bản án đã được tuyên sửa một phần nhưng vẫn giữ nguyên án tử hình đối với Đặng Văn Hiến (ảnh dưới). Một phiên tòa đẫm nước mắt! Tại sao?

Well of heaven – a big mystery to discover

Last update 09:00 | 30/07/2018

VietNamNet Bridge – The scenery surrounding Gieng Troi (The Well of Heaven) is so beautiful and pristine that all travelers coming to the site not only feel tranquil, but also respectful to the nature all around.

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Raft rewards: People sail on rafts on the stream.

Travel blogger Nguyen Ca Dao and his friends decided to discover the site during the weekend in a bid to hide from the crowded city and their day to day busy lives. Continue reading “Well of heaven – a big mystery to discover”

Ancient architecture and natural beauty of Ba Danh pagoda in Ha Nam

Last update 16:37 | 31/07/2018

Ba Danh pagoda in the northern province of Ha Nam is set among stunning natural scenery, with a tranquil atmosphere and magnificent ancient architecture.

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Ba Danh pagoda, known as Bao Son, is located in Danh hamlet, Ngoc Son commune, Kim Bang district in the northern province of Ha Nam. Continue reading “Ancient architecture and natural beauty of Ba Danh pagoda in Ha Nam”