The young Vietnamese helping tackle the illegal wildlife trade

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Trang Nguyen is a rarity in Vietnam where civil society is viewed with scepticism and most young people want more lucrative careers.

Trang has won international recognition for her work including the Future for Nature Award [Theo Krus/Courtesy of Trang Nguyen]
Trang has won international recognition for her work including the Future for Nature Award [Theo Krus/Courtesy of Trang Nguyen]

By Sen Nguyen10 Sep 2021

Standing on top of a four-wheel drive looking out at a central Kenyan wildlife reserve wearing a bucket hat and walking boots, Trang Nguyen stands apart from most Vietnamese who prefer European charm and East Asian wonders for their holidays and photographic memories.

But Trang is no ordinary traveller.

The 31-year-old founder and executive director of WildAct, a Vietnamese conservation NGO, travels the world as a wildlife conservation scientist.

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What’s behind the decision to close Yale-NUS College?(Singapore’s first liberal-arts college)

NUS said the best elements of Yale-NUS and its own University Scholars Programme will form the basis of a yet-to-be-named new college.NUS said the best elements of Yale-NUS and its own University Scholars Programme will form the basis of a yet-to-be-named new college.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

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Sandra DavieAng Qing and Ng Wei Kai PUBLISHEDSEP 5, 2021, 5:00 AM SGT

SINGAPORE – More than a week since the shock announcement that Yale-NUS College will close its doors in 2025, students and alumni are still wondering if they will get a more detailed explanation of the decision.

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ASEAN needs more Belt and Road money, say ministers

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China-led investments needed to assist COVID-damaged economies

Chinese high-speed trains are flagship Belt and Road Initiative projects that will dramatically improve connectivity in mainland Southeast Asia.    © APCK TAN, Nikkei staff writerSeptember 1, 2021 21:14 JST

SHANGHAI — Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations called on Wednesday for more multilateral investments through China’s Belt and Road Initiative to support economic recovery while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to depress regional economic growth.

Meeting online at a Belt and Road Summit, ASEAN ministers said the region has benefited from the infrastructure and digital connectivity already brought about by BRI, but new initiatives are needed to create opportunities amid pandemic-induced uncertainties.

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Việt Nam mạnh giàu: Giấc mơ từ bên ngoài Tổ quốc

03/09/2021 07:14 GMT+7

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TTO – Khi thế giới trở nên phẳng, những giấc mơ cũng không có “quốc tịch”. Ước mong về một Việt Nam mạnh giàu, khởi sinh bên ngoài lãnh thổ, nói với ta nhiều hơn về cái di sản hiện tồn trên đường phát triển đó.

Việt Nam mạnh giàu: Giấc mơ từ bên ngoài Tổ quốc - Ảnh 1.

Trưng bày sách “Thơ Việt Nam đương đại” tại phòng đọc Thư viện Quốc gia Pháp

Họ đang tìm mọi cơ hội để hướng về và phát triển đất nước. Cũng có thể là người chẳng có máu mủ ruột rà gì với quốc gia bé nhỏ này nhưng họ lại bị hai chữ “Việt Nam” quyến luyến và không ngừng cổ vũ cho sự phát triển của nó.

Khi thế giới trở nên phẳng, những giấc mơ cũng không có “quốc tịch”. Ước mong về một Việt Nam mạnh giàu, khởi sinh bên ngoài lãnh thổ, nói với ta nhiều hơn về cái di sản hiện tồn trên đường phát triển đó.

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Germany to invest billions to bring semiconductor production back to Europe

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By Oliver Noyan | EURACTIV.de | translated by Daniel Eck

 3 Sept 2021 (updated:  0:16)

Europe is not just trailing behind in terms of numbers, but also with respect to quality. Most advanced microchips, which are used in smartphones, computers and other high-tech devices, are currently produced almost exclusively in Asia. [SCHUTTERSTOCK/genkur]

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Geopolitical standoff in South China Sea leads to environmental fallout

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by Leilani Chavez on 12 August 2021

  • Satellite images show significant growth in the occurrence of algal blooms in contested areas in the South China Sea.
  • Images suggest that these algal blooms or phytoplankton overgrowth are linked to the presence of vessels anchored in the area and to island-building activities in the region.
  • While satellite images help give a preview of the ecological state of the South China Sea, on-site observations are necessary to validate the findings, experts say.
  • Decades of territorial and maritime disputes, however, have limited the conduct of studies and dissuaded the establishment of conservation zones in the South China Sea.

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If your coffee’s going downhill, blame climate change

by Reuters

Monday, 16 August 2021 10:00 GMT

Brazil is turning to stronger and more bitter robusta coffee beans, which are hardier in the heat than the delicate arabica, in a sign of how climate change is affecting global markets

* Robusta coffee more heat tolerant than arabica

* It can be grown at lower altitudes than rival variety

* Top roasters ramping up use of Brazilian robusta

* Yields in Brazil now match top robusta grower Vietnam

By Maytaal Angel, Marcelo Teixeira and Roberto Samora

LONDON/NEW YORK/SAO PAULO, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Coffee leader Brazil is turning to stronger and more bitter robusta beans, which are hardier in the heat than the delicate arabica, in a sign of how climate change is affecting global markets – and shaping our favourite flavours.

Brazil is the world’s biggest producer of arabica, yet its production has stayed largely flat over the last five years. Meanwhile its output of cheaper robusta – generally grown at lower altitudes and viewed as of inferior quality – has leapt and is attracting more and more international buyers, new data shows.

The expansion is challenging Vietnam’s longstanding robusta dominance, while squeezing smaller players, increasingly leaving output concentrated in fewer regions and more vulnerable to price spikes if extreme weather occurs.

It also promises to gradually alter the flavour of the world’s coffee over the coming years as more of the harsher and more caffeine-charged robusta variety, widely used to make instant coffee, makes its way into the pricier ground blends currently dominated by arabica.

Whatever your taste, Enrique Alves, a scientist specialising in coffee seed cultivation at Brazilian state agritech research centre Embrapa, said that it might ultimately be thanks to robusta that “our daily coffee will never be missing” as the globe warms.

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Actions Large Energy Buyers Can Take to Transform and Decarbonize the Grid: Procurement Practices for Achieving 100% Carbon Free Electricity

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

▪ Large energy buyers—including corporates, cities, and institutional customers—have played and will continue to play an important role in driving clean energy in the near term, particularly renewables. However, to ensure that the power sector achieves deep decarbonization over the next two to three decades, large energy buyers will need to take additional actions to play a leading role in accelerating the transition to a carbon-free grid.

▪ Large energy buyers can implement approaches that help transform the grid such as matching clean energy purchasing with the timing of their energy use, incorporating demand flexibility, purchasing dispatchable clean electricity, adopting enabling technologies (e.g., energy storage), maximizing emissions reductions, and driving an an equitable transition to clean energy.

▪ There is no single strategy for implementing transformative procurement practices, which is why we have
highlighted a variety of approaches in this issue brief. Optimal procurement approaches can vary based on differences in customer electricity usage, market context, available product offerings, staff and resources, and differences across grids.

▪ To enable large energy buyers to implement transformative procurement practices, new products and solutions will be needed. Metrics and recognition programs will also need to be revised to incentivize and encourage more customers to take actions that can facilitate a carbon-free grid.

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The latest UN report is clear: Climate change is here, it’s a crisis, and it’s caused by fossil fuels.

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By Robinson Meyer

People board a ferry prior to an evacuation as a wildfire approaches the seaside village of Limni, on the island of Evia, Greece, on August 6, 2021.
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A new United Nations–led report from hundreds of climate scientists around the world makes it clear: The human-driven climate crisis is now well under way. Earth is likely hotter now than it has been at any moment since the beginning of the last Ice Age, 125,000 years ago, and the world has warmed 1.1 degrees Celsius, or nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit, since the Industrial Revolution began—an “unprecedented” and “rapid” change with no parallel in the Common Era. What’s more, the recent spate of horrific heat waves, fire-fueling droughts, and flood-inducing storms that have imperiled the inhabited world are not only typical of global warming, but directly caused by it.

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UN report: Pandemic year marked by spike in world hunger

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Africa posting biggest jump. World at critical juncture, must act now for 2030 turnaround

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UNICEF/UN0232174/Njiokiktjien VII PhotoAfra, held by her mother Therese, is being checked for malnourishment at Al Sabbah Children’s hospital in Juba, South Sudan.

ROME/NEW YORK, 12 July 2021 – There was a dramatic worsening of world hunger in 2020, the United Nations said today – much of it likely related to the fallout of COVID-19. While the pandemic’s impact has yet to be fully mapped, a multi-agency report estimates that around a tenth of the global population – up to 811 million people – were undernourished last year. The number suggests it will take a tremendous effort for the world to honour its pledge to end hunger by 2030.  

This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is the first global assessment of its kind in the pandemic era. The report is jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Đề nghị sửa đổi bổ sung Luật Điện lực: Bộ Công Thương

(Chinhphu.vn) – Bộ Công Thương đang đề nghị xây dựng Luật sửa đổi, bổ sung một số điều của Luật Điện lực nhằm giải quyết một số vướng mắc trong quá trình thực tiễn thi hành hiện nay.

Bảo đảm và nâng cao chất lượng điện năng, chất lượng cung cấp dịch vụ điện – Ảnh minh họa

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What sparked the mass violence in South Africa – video explainer

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South Africa has recently experienced its worst violence since the end of the apartheid regime 27 years ago. More than 200 people were killed and thousands arrested in a week of civil unrest during which hundreds of shops were looted, factories set ablaze and government infrastructure destroyed. The Guardian’s Africa correspondent, Jason Burke, explains how the violence was sparked by more than just the jailing of the former president Jacob Zuma, and what impact it could have on a country where more than half of the population lives in poverty

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/jul/21/what-sparked-the-mass-violence-in-south-africa-video-explainer