German Coal Mine to Be Reborn as Giant Pumped Storage Hydro Facility

By Bloomberg News Editors -3.17.2017

A coal-mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy.

The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200-MW pumped storage hydroelectric reservoir, which acts like a battery and will have enough capacity to power more than 400,000 homes, said state governor Hannelore Kraft. The town of Bottrop, where people worked the 600 meter (1,969 foot) deep mine since 1974, will keep playing a role in providing uninterrupted power for the country, she said.

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Old Coal Mines Can Win a Second Life as Green Energy Hotspots

By Rob Verdonck +Follow18 December 2020, 11:14 GMT+7

  •  Study examines turning coal operations into pumped hydro sites
  •  Other projects aim to add wind, solar at shuttered mines
Genex Power’s 50-megawatt solar farm at the disused Kidston mine.
Genex Power’s 50-megawatt solar farm at the disused Kidston mine. Photographer: Genex

Australia is studying plans to transform a disused underground coal mine into a pumped hydro facility, part of a wider effort to reuse retiring fossil fuel sites for renewable energy generation.

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Will ‘Investor-State Arbitration’ Survive the COVID-19 Crisis?

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[Somesh Dutta specializes in international dispute resolution. He is currently working with the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European & Regulatory Procedural Law as a Research Fellow and is a member of the International Max Planck Research School for Successful Dispute Resolution (IMPRS-SDR).]

In particular, developing economies with a large consumer base may have a crucial role in shaping the future of international investment adjudication, and thus an influence on the future flow of capital for global economic growth.

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Báo động tình trạng phá thai ở các gia đình Việt

26/09/2020    15:50 GMT+7

Thống kê cho thấy cứ 100 ca phá thai của phụ nữ tuổi 15-49 đang có chồng thì có tới 62 ca là mang thai ngoài ý muốn.

Đây là con số báo động được ông Nguyễn Doãn Tú, Tổng cục trưởng Tổng cục Dân số – Kế hoạch hóa gia đình, Bộ Y tế cho biết tại chương trình hưởng ứng ngày Tránh thai thế giới 26/9.

Ông Tú cho biết, hàng năm trên thế giới có tới 30% các trường hợp mang thai là ngoài ý muốn. 36% người tuổi vị thành niên có quan hệ tình dục không sử dụng biện pháp tránh thai.

Tại Việt Nam, tỉ lệ sử dụng các phương tiện tránh thai hiện chiếm 76%, cao hơn 10% so với mặt bằng chung ở Châu Á, tương đương tỉ lệ tại Mỹ, Canada, trong đó 66% sử dụng các biện pháp tránh thai hiện đại như thuốc tránh thai, bao cao su, tiêm…

Báo động tình trạng phá thai ở các gia đình Việt

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60-70% các ca phá thai là sinh viên và học sinh

Thứ Bảy, 24-04-2021, 13:50Facebook Email Bản in +Bạn trẻ Nghệ An hào hứng tìm hiểu tài liệu tuyên truyền sức khỏe sinh sản, nhận bao cao su và thuốc tránh thai miễn phí từ “Hành trình SV – OK”.

Số liệu đáng lo ngại này là một lời cảnh báo đến hàng nghìn bạn trẻ tham gia Chương trình truyền thông sức khỏe sinh sản cho sinh viên “Hành trình SV – OK”, do Tạp chí Thanh niên phối hợp Tổ chức DKT International tại Việt Nam, Tỉnh đoàn Nghệ An triển khai tại Trường Đại học Y khoa Vinh (tỉnh Nghệ An) sáng nay 24-4.

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Synthetic drugs from Asia are fuelling global public health and crime concerns

Hanoi (Viet Nam), 29 August 2017 – East and Southeast Asia are at the heart of the global synthetic drug trade, with some drugs manufactured and trafficked in and from the region causing serious public health problems in the region and other parts of the world, said the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at a high level in Hanoi, Viet Nam, with the ASEAN group of states, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and the European Union.

The region has recently been acknowledged to be the largest methamphetamine market, with seizures surpassing the total for North America. Most countries in the region have reported record meth seizures in recent years, and the number of people admitted for methamphetamine treatment has also been on the rise for several years in a row.

“Methamphetamine use is on the increase across Viet Nam, not only among young drug users in major cities, but also industrialized areas, villages and communities,” said Hoang Anh Tuyen, Deputy Director of the Standing Office on Drugs and Crime (SODC) of the Ministry of Public Security of Viet Nam. “We will not be able to cope unless market demand is addressed and we make progress on trafficking into the country with our neighbours.”

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Vietnam sees 6-fold increase in number of synthetic drug users: UN report

By Minh Nga   June 11, 2021 | 04:45 pm GMT+7Vietnam sees 6-fold increase in number of synthetic drug users: UN reportSynthetic drugs hidden in medicine boxes were found in packages sent from abroad to Vietnam in July 2020. Photo by Vietnam Customs.

The number of synthetic drug users in Vietnam has jumped six-fold since 2017, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime has said in a report.

‘Synthetic Drugs in East and Southeast Asia: latest developments and challenges 2021’, released Thursday, estimated the figure at nearly 190,000 last year.

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Carbon Pricing Aids Vietnam’s Efforts Towards Decarbonization



  • Vietnam’s revised Law on Environmental Protection (LEP) to be effective as of January 1, 2022 legalizes the establishment of a carbon market.
  • The carbon market aims to address multiple goals: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enhancing Vietnam’s contribution to global climate change goals, and encouraging greener and cleaner technology innovation.

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State of Climate Action 2021: Systems Transformations Required to Limit Global Warming to 1.5°C

Transformations must occur across every sector at far faster pace than recent trends to keep the window open to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C, according to this Systems Change Lab report authored by the UN High-Level Climate Champions, Climate Action Tracker, ClimateWorks Foundation, Bezos Earth Fund and World Resources Institute.

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C requires far-reaching transformations across power generation, buildings, industry, transport, land use, coastal zone management, and agriculture, as well as the immediate scale-up of technological carbon removal and climate finance. This report translates these transitions into 40 targets for 2030 and 2050, with measurable indicators.

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11.11 sales are a symptom of the greater disease of mindless consumerism

Big sales events like 10.10 or 11.11 singles day sales may excite shoppers and net billions in profits for online retailers but if we don’t stop this insatiable need to consume, all of us are in trouble, says climate activist Ho Xiang Tian.

Commentary: 11.11 sales are a symptom of the greater disease of mindless consumerism
Workers sort out parcels for delivery in Beijing on Jul 14, 2021. (File photo: AP/Ng Han Guan)

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Climate Benefits of Iconic Protected Forests Are Under Threat

Last month, nine philanthropic organizations pledged $5 billion to protect 30% of the planet over the next decade — the largest commitment of private funding ever made for the conservation of nature. These organizations intend to address three interrelated global crises — the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and the public health crisis — while working with Indigenous Peoples and local communities. 

The pledges arrive not a moment too soon. A new report released on October 28, 2021 by WRI, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reveals that despite substantial carbon stored and absorbed by forests across UNESCO’s World Heritage network, the climate benefits of even some of the world’s most iconic and protected places are under pressure from land use and climate change. Continued reliance on these forests’ carbon sinks and storage depends upon stronger protection measures.

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Mekong Delta disappears under its residents’ feet

By Nhung Nhung 9 November 2021 at 19:14

It took thousands of years for the Mekong Delta to come into existence. It might take humans just a few more decades to undo it.

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One summer evening, Le Phi Hai lost his house to the Tien River, one of the two main branches of the Mekong River flowing through the delta in Vietnam. Three summers later, at almost exactly the same hour, the river claimed his house again.

The first time erosion bit into his soil, Hai, now 66, was watching Euro 2016 on his small TV screen. At around 3am, as Cristiano Ronaldo missed a critical penalty shot in Portugal’s match against Austria thousands of miles away, a strange bubbling sound roared from the backyard of Hai’s low brick home in the riverside town of Hong Ngu. As the noise grew to a louder dull rumble, drowning out the screams of the match commentators, he left his TV and walked outside for a quick check. After a few steps, he heard a thunderous “Th-rump!” Suddenly Hai saw his bed, tables, chairs, and finally the TV, with Ronaldo’s face on screen, slump down into a void that had appeared under his feet. The backyard where he was standing became a tiny islet surrounded by turgid water, and down it went.

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Top Takeaways from the UN World Leaders Summit at COP26

Dawn over Glasgow COP26

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The first two days of the UN Climate Conference (COP26) featured over 100 high-level announcements and speeches during the “World Leaders Summit,” helping set the tone for the two-week long conference. The gathering of world leaders was immediately preceded by the G20 Summit held in Rome.

While several important announcements were made that will help to move the needle on global climate action, negotiators will still have their work cut out for them as they try to pave the way for more progress in the coming days.

Here’s a look at the developments so far.

Limited Progress at G20 Summit in Rome

In a final communique, G20 nations recognized the importance of strengthening national climate action this decade, and committed to revisit and further enhance their 2030 emission reduction targets where necessary. This should pave the way for negotiators at COP26 to agree that major emitters will further strengthen their 2030 targets within the next couple of years to keep the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) temperature goal within reach.  

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Five trends reshaping European power markets

By Eivind Samseth, Fabian Stockhausen, Xavier Veillard, and Alexander WeissO

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European power markets have entered a period of unprecedented change. Power prices have touched new highs: baseload week-ahead prices have risen above €200 per megawatt-hour (MWh)1 in a number of European countries—about four times the average historical level. That increase has been prompted largely by a surge in natural-gas and carbon prices, which currently exceed €100 per MWh2 and €60 per metric ton, respectively. This development has affected the cost of power produced by natural-gas power plants, which broadly set prices in European markets.

At the same time, price volatility is reaching new heights as a result of the uncertain output of renewable assets and a tight supply-and-demand balance in the European power system. Navigating this next normal will be a key challenge for utilities, traders, and large power consumers, and that highlights the importance of developing resilient power-asset portfolios and managing risk.

In this article, we explore five trends that will shape the European power sector in the decade to come and offer some perspectives on how utilities and large consumers might respond.

What’s ahead for the European power sector?

The European power market is undergoing major changes. Five trends underpin these developments.

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What does the data tell us about electricity pricing in Laos?

By Ekaphone Phouthonesy12 October 2021 at 1:30 (Updated on 18 October 2021 at 15:00)

Through a variety of data sources an evidence-based picture of electricity pricing and the electricity-generation business in Laos is revealed.

A 42-year-old resident of Thongsanang village in central Vientiane, nicknamed To, was upset after receiving an electricity bill in May that was almost twice as high as normal.

“I’m going to send a letter to EDL asking them to investigate this unusual increase in my bill,” he told friends at a local coffee shop.

“Normally, I pay around 900,000 kip (US$95) a month, but this month I had to pay 1.6 million kip (US$168),” said Mr To, a worker with a monthly salary of about 1.8 million kip (US$190).

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