the 2018 International Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change by Nick Watts and colleagues published on Nov 28 provides a snapshot and direction of travel for 41 global indicators at the intersection between health and climate change.
Indicator 5.1: media coverage of health and climate change shows that health still represents only a small proportion of climate change media coverage but has increased by an average of 4% per year over the past decade compared with a decline in overall climate change coverage by an average of 1·25% per year. Health potentially holds the key to humanising climate change conversations, contributing to more rapid and effective behaviour change—and it therefore matters how it is positioned.

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IPPC SPECIAL REPORT Global Warming of 1.5 ºC

An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

COP24 special report on health and climate change

3-14 December 2018, Katowice, Poland – In its latest report, WHO highlights health as the biggest issue to be prioritized during COP-24 and provides key recommendations to the negotiators on how to maximize the health benefits of tackling climate change and avoid the worse health impacts of this global challenge. Although there has been hugely positive progress in tackling health and climate change issues, there is a still a long way to go. Millions of people are still exposed to air pollution globally, resulting in 7 million premature deaths every year; 3 billion people still lack access to clean and reliable energy; and nearly a quarter of all deaths worldwide result from people having to live or work in unhealthy environments. Unless significant changes are made and stronger action taken, we are risk of failing to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. Continue reading “COP24 special report on health and climate change”

UN Launches Multibillion-Dollar Appeal for World’s Most Vulnerable

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U. N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) Mark Lowcock attends a news conference for the launch of the “Global Humanitarian Overview 2019” at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Dec. 4, 2018.

The United Nations is launching a $21.9 billion humanitarian appeal for 2019 to help nearly 94 million people in 42 countries survive conflict, hunger, homelessness, deprivation, and the impact of climate change. Continue reading “UN Launches Multibillion-Dollar Appeal for World’s Most Vulnerable”

Trump and Xi Park Trade War—For Now

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But the U.S. president raises new uncertainties over the fate of the trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and top officials reached a truce in the trade war over dinner at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and top officials reached a truce in the trade war over dinner at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

As widely expected, U.S. President Donald Trump paused his trade war with China at the G-20 summit in Argentina this weekend, halting the imposition of new tariffs for 90 days while the two countries continue talking about the wider irritants in the trade relationship. But Trump also threw a cloud over the future of the new NAFTA, threatening to pull out of the existing three-way North American trade deal altogether if Congress doesn’t ratify the renegotiated accord. Continue reading “Trump and Xi Park Trade War—For Now”

Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada

The Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada is a signed but not ratified free trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It is referred to differently by each signatory: in the United States, it is called the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA); in Canada, it is called the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in English and the Accord Canada–États-Unis–Mexique (ACEUM) in French; and in Mexico, it is called the Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC). The agreement is also referred to as “NAFTA 2.0”, or New NAFTA in order to distinguish it from its predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). (wikipedia)

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Sử thi Raglai – Nhìn từ phương diện chức năng thể loại

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Đám cưới người Raglai tại nhà trai. Ảnh: Internet

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Tóm tắt:

Trong nền văn hóa lâu đời của người Raglai, sử thi (Akhát Jucàr), xét về phương diện chức năng thể loại, là những di sản có giá trị lớn về nhiều mặt.

Trong phạm vi của bài viết này, ngoài việc điểm lược những nét khái quát về tộc người và văn hóa tộc người Raglai; về thể loại sự thi (Akhát Jucàr) trong nền văn học dân gian Raglai, chúng tôi tập trung nghiên cứu, thẩm nhận bước đầu một số chức năng của sử thi trong văn hóa tộc người Raglai, xét từ phương diện chức năng thể loại:

– Bảo lưu và truyền tải  phong tục, tập quán, tín ngưỡng;

– Tái tạo, tôn vinh lịch sử, xã hội, văn hóa tộc người;

– Đảm nhận vai trò đích thực của những áng văn chương truyền miệng .

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Vietnam to face power shortage by 2020

Last update 17:15 | 04/12/2018
Vietnam could face power shortages in the early 2020s. The shortages are likely to happen from 2020 to 2025.



The Electricity of Vietnam said to meet surging demand for power, the country needs 60,000MW of electricity by 2020; 96,500MW of electricity by 2025 and 129,500MW of electricity by 2030.

This means total installed capacity would have to increase by 6,000-7,000MW of electricity per year.

Experts say it is necessary to review electricity producing projects to ensure energy security.

They suggested that special treatment such as loan guarantee be offered to investors so that power projects could be soon built and operated.-VNA

International tourist arrivals pass 14 million in 11 months

The number of foreign tourists visiting Viet Nam so far this year is estimated at 14.2 million, up 21.3 per cent against the same period last year, the General Statistics Office said on Thursday.

In this period, the number of foreigners visiting Viet Nam by air and road rose by 15.3 per cent and 64.4 per cent, respectively, while the number that arrived by sea went down 11.3 per cent year-on-year due to the impact of storms Toraji and Usagi. Continue reading “International tourist arrivals pass 14 million in 11 months”