Dump-turned-park offers relaxing moments

Update: January, 05/2020 – 08:03 VNS

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By Lê Hương

People have to stand patiently in a long queue to enter Hanuel Park on Nanjido Island on a branch of the Han River in Seoul, South Korea.

None of them, neither adults nor children, seem frustrated to be queuing.

That’s probably because they know once they pass the entrance gate, they will step into a relaxing space with immense fields of flowers, wild grass, full of fresh air and tranquillity.

People visit Hanuel Park especially in mass number at weekend. VNS Photos Đoàn Tùng

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Vietnam to buy 1.5 billion kWh of power annually from Laos

By Anh Minh   January 5, 2020 | 02:42 pm GMT+7 VnExpress

Vietnam to buy 1.5 billion kWh of power annually from Laos

A worker repairs electricity cables in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen.

State power utility EVN will buy around 1.5 billion kWh of electricity a year from Laos for two years starting in 2021.

Under contracts it signed on Saturday, Vietnam Electricity (EVN) will buy over 596 million kWh a year from two hydropower plants belonging to Phongsubthavy Group and 632 million kWh from two plants belonging to Chealun Sekong Group from 2022.

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Mekong Delta stays alert for severe drought

By Hoang Nam   January 4, 2020 | 04:45 pm GMT+7

Mekong Delta stays alert for severe drought

A farmer in a paddy field hit by drought in the Mekong Delta’s province of Soc Trang, June 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen.

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is bracing severe drought and salinity in the coming months, and local authorities have been told to take every step possible to mitigate the damage.

For this dry season, which has already started in southern Vietnam and normally lasts until late April, drought conditions are likely to be more severe, resulting in more salinity in the delta, which spreads over 40,577 square kilometers (15,670 square miles).

The nation’s most fertile region for long, the Mekong Delta has been called the Vietnam’s rice granary. It is also the nation’s aquaculture hub.

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Vietnam and Asia neighbors hungry for cheap coal


Demand for low-grade coal expands amid economic growth

Vietnam’s steam coal imports in 2019 are estimated to total about 32 million tons, twice the amount for last year and up three times from three years ago.   © Reuters

TOKYO — Demand for low-grade coal with lower combustion efficiency is growing amid economic growth in Vietnam and other emerging Asian countries, placing another hurdle in the global race to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While prices of high-grade coal with higher power generation efficiency have fallen by more than 30% over the past year as developed countries have been reducing coal consumption, prices of low-grade coal have fallen more slowly. The price difference between the two categories of coal has shrunk to one-third the level of a year ago. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam and Asia neighbors hungry for cheap coal”

Iran Challenges Trump, Announcing End of Nuclear Restrictions

President Trump thought the nuclear deal was flawed because restrictions on Iran would end after 15 years. Now, responding to a U.S. strike, Iran has declared the limits over after less than five.

Credit…Eric Thayer for The New York Times 
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When President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, he justified his unilateral action by saying the accord was flawed, in part because the major restrictions on Iran ended after 15 years, when Tehran would be free to produce as much nuclear fuel as it wanted.

But now, instead of buckling to American pressure, Iran declared on Sunday that those restrictions are over — a decade ahead of schedule. Mr. Trump’s gambit has effectively backfired.

Iran’s announcement essentially sounded the death knell of the 2015 nuclear agreement. And it largely re-creates conditions that led Israel and the United States to consider destroying Iran’s facilities a decade ago, again bringing them closer to the potential of open conflict with Tehran that was avoided by the accord.

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