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”

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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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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”

Foxconn considering iPhone factory in Vietnam as China trade war uncertainty continues

Apple’s biggest supply chain partner, Foxconn, is looking to start a new facility in Vietnam as a way to hedge against instability and uncertainty in its current production facilities due to the ongoing trade war between China and the US. Continue reading “Foxconn considering iPhone factory in Vietnam as China trade war uncertainty continues”

Global Climate Risk Index

The annually published Global Climate Risk Index analyses to what extent countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.).

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27 November 2018
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Who suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2017 and 1998 to 2017

The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). The most recent data available — for 2017 and from 1998 to 2017 — were taken into account. The countries and territories affected most in 2017 were Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka as well as Dominica. For the period from 1998 to 2017 Puerto Rico, Honduras and Myanmar rank highest. Continue reading “Global Climate Risk Index”

Việt Nam ranks 6th on Global Climate Vulnerability list; MoNRE responds

Update: December, 04/2018 – 21:30

Phạm Văn Tân, deputy head of the Climate Change Department, Việt Nam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), presents the ministry’s response to climate change threats to the country. — VNS Photo Mai Hoàng

Viet Nam News By Mai Hoàng

Katowice, POLAND — At the 24th UN Conference on Climate Change (COP24), Germanwatch released the most up-to-date Climate Risk Index ranking, which analyses the extent to which each country has been affected by weather-related loss events. Continue reading “Việt Nam ranks 6th on Global Climate Vulnerability list; MoNRE responds”

7 Reasons U.S. Should Not Ratify UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

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Jun 4th, 2018 5 min read

Commentary By

Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D.@Bromund

Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations

James Jay Carafano@JJCarafano

Vice President, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute

Brett D. Schaefer

Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea requires that coastal nations pay royalties on their seabed resources to landlocked and developing countries.mizoula/Getty Images

KEY TAKEAWAYS

U.S. accession would provide no benefits not already available to the U.S., while creating unnecessary burdens and risks.

The U.S. does not need to join the convention in order to access oil and gas resources on its extended continental shelf, in the Arctic, or in the Gulf of Mexico.

Despite subsequent changes in 1994 that led the Clinton administration to support U.S. accession, the Trump administration should oppose accession to this treaty.

 
President Donald Trump recently proclaimed June 2018 to be National Ocean Month and stated his support for better utilizing the vast resources contained in America’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the 200-nautical mile zone off U.S. coasts over which the U.S. has jurisdiction. Continue reading “7 Reasons U.S. Should Not Ratify UN Convention on the Law of the Sea”

PHA4: Neoliberal policies and corporate takeover are the cause of the world health crisis

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Peoples Dispatch | 18 November 2018

PHA4: Neoliberal Policies and corporate takeover are the cause of the world health crisis

by P Ambedkar

Peoples’ representatives from across the globe have gathered in Savar, Bangladesh for the fourth People’s Health Assembly. They are discussing and debating on how to make this world a place which provides for the health of the people and that of the planet. Continue reading “PHA4: Neoliberal policies and corporate takeover are the cause of the world health crisis”

Forest Harvester Reported 750-pound Bomb on Acacia Plantation in Hai Lang District

Chuck Searcy: This report is from my colleague Ngo Xuan Hien at Project RENEW, describing another finding of a big bomb in Quang Tri Province which was safely removed to the demolition site and destroyed.  The bomb is bigger than most ordnance cleaned up and destroyed every day — usually cluster bombs, grenades, artillery rounds, mortars — but now even these infrequent occurrences of 500-pound or 750-pound bombs are treated somewhat routinely.  That is to say, local people are no longer alarmed, once they report the finding they are confident that NPA-RENEW technicians or other NGO teams coordinated by the Provincial Legacy of War Coordination Center will come quickly to the site and handle the threat skillfully and professionally, and residents can soon return to their normal activities.  The situation is being managed, and that is the key to long-term safety and protection of villagers, farmers, school children.

Hai Lang District, Quang Tri (28 November 2018) — Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams managed by NPA-Project RENEW on Wednesday safely destroyed a 750-pound U.S. aircraft bomb at their Central Demolition Site in Hai Que Commune. It was identified an air-dropped general purpose bomb, M117 series, that was extensively used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War. Read more here.

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Chiếu phim tài liệu “The 2 Sides Project” tại Hà Nội

VUFO – Sáng 27/11, tại Hà Nội, Hội Việt – Mỹ (thuộc Liên hiệp Hữu nghị) phối hợp với Đoàn “Dự án Hai phía” tổ chức buổi chiếu phim tư liệu đặc biệt của Dự án Hai phía Bộ phim tài liệu “The 2 Sides Project” .

 

Theo ông Bùi Văn Nghị, Phó Trưởng ban phụ trách Ban châu Mỹ ( thuộc Liên hiệp Hữu nghị), Tổng Thư ký Hội Việt – Mỹ, bộ phim tài  liệu “The 2 Sides Project” là bộ phim đi theo bước chân của sáu người con quân nhân Mỹ tử trận trên hành trình khám phá một đất nước, một dân tộc có lịch sử gắn liền với cuộc đời họ. Trong 11 ngày cuối năm 2015, những người Mỹ và Việt Nam có cha hy sinh ở hai đầu chiến tuyến đã lần đầu tiên gặp mặt. Bộ phim hoàn thành vào năm 2017 đã thu lại trọn vẹn những cuộc gặp gỡ có sức mạnh chuyển hóa; những rung động sâu sắc của những người Mỹ thăm viếng nơi cha mình qua đời; những trải nghiệm giàu cảm xúc của họ với đất nước Việt Nam; chuyến thăm Mỹ đầu tiên trong lịch sử của ba người con liệt sỹ Việt Nam để hoàn thiện hành trình hòa giải từ hai phía. Continue reading “Chiếu phim tài liệu “The 2 Sides Project” tại Hà Nội”

Climate Science Special Report – Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4)

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Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Volume I  >>

This report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It represents the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990.

Fourth National Climate Change Assessment Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States  >>

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century.

Việt Nam kiên quyết phản đối hoạt động của Trung Quốc ở đá Bông Bay

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VOV.VN – Việt Nam kiên quyết phản đối hành động của Trung Quốc ở đá Bông Bay, yêu cầu Trung Quốc chấm dứt ngay và không tái diễn những hành động tương tự.

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Cấu trúc Trung Quốc xây dựng phi pháp trên đá Bông Bay thuộc quần đảo Hoàng Sa của Việt Nam. Ảnh: AMTI/CSIS.

Ngày 22/11, tại cuộc họp báo thường kỳ của Bộ Ngoại giao, khi được hỏi về phản ứng của Việt Nam trước thông tin Trung Quốc đã lắp đặt một số cấu trúc mới trên đá Bông Bay thuộc quần đảo Hoàng Sa của Việt Nam, phó phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao Nguyễn Phương Trà khẳng định:

Continue reading “Việt Nam kiên quyết phản đối hoạt động của Trung Quốc ở đá Bông Bay”