CVD’s co-founder at Horasis Asia Meeting 2018

Horasis – a global visions community committed to inspiring our future – provides a unique platform for companies from emerging and developed markets to globalize their organisations.

Horasis convened the 2018 Horasis Asia Meeting in Binh Duong New City, Vietnam, over 25-26 November.. The Horasis Asia Meeting brought together over 500 of the foremost leaders from across Asia including the top leadership of Vietnam. The meeting was co-hosted by Binh Duong Province in the effort to welcome more investor to the city and to Vietnam.

Hang Dao, co-founder of CVD, was a speaker at the meeting in 2018 in the climate change to discuss about Climate Change impacts. Hang Dao’s speech focused on the unprecedented climate challenges that Mekong Delta of Vietnam is facing, and how we can see them as exciting development opportunities coming along: Resilient infrastructures from renewable energy to transportation – roads and airports – should be more developed in the region; education should be particularly invested; tourism should be more sophisticated; hitech investors should be encouraged to move into the area; and most importantly, Vietnam should let the Mekong Delta area be free to develop and not keep Mekong Delta as an agriculture region for purely food security purposes, namely by rice-first policy. Continue reading “CVD’s co-founder at Horasis Asia Meeting 2018”

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Điều ước cho đất nước năm 2019

  1. Xóa ISDS trong các hiệp ước quốc tế.

ISDS là điều khoản cho phép một nhà đầu tư nước ngoài chống lại luật quốc gia chủ nhà (như luật Việt Nam) và kiện chính phủ quốc gia chủ nhà (như chính phủ Việt Nam) qua một hội đồng trọng tài quốc tế xét xử theo quy định của một hiệp nước đã có với Việt Nam (như CPTPP, Hiệp định thương mại EU-VN, và nhiều hiệp ước thương mại song phương đã ký). Continue reading “Điều ước cho đất nước năm 2019”

Will Vietnam follow China down the pollution path?

THE news that China is bracing for smog waves as the winter heating season begins has once again put the dangerous levels of air pollution in Asia in the spotlight. With the air in Beijing and adjacent areas expected to become heavily polluted over the next week, China will be facing concern – yet again – over its underwhelming response to the problem.
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IPCC: Renewables to Supply 70%-85% of Electricity by 2050 to Avoid Worst Impacts of Climate Change

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The United Nations confronts a future with “the slimmest of opportunities remaining to avoid unthinkable damage.”

Among the proposed changes: up to 97 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2050.

Among the proposed changes: up to 97 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2050.

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require extreme changes, including markedly increasing the percentage of electricity from renewables by mid-century, according to a Sunday report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The report, commissioned as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, presents a stark portrait of the future unless the world undertakes “rapid, fair-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” in the next decade or so — changes that thus far have been difficult for decision-makers to agree on. Continue reading “IPCC: Renewables to Supply 70%-85% of Electricity by 2050 to Avoid Worst Impacts of Climate Change”

The 2018 economics Nobel shows we can’t discuss economics without considering climate change

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By Nathaniel Keohane

Senior vice president for climate at Environmental Defense Fund

When William Nordhaus won the Nobel prize in economics earlier this month, it ratified climate change into mainstream economics. His pioneering work integrating climate change into models of economic growth has provided a roadmap for a future where the world’s economic health is directly linked to its environmental one.

Bill was my teacher and colleague. His intellect and writing were so sharp that having him participate in our environmental economics seminars was like having Elvis show up to choir practice.

Continue reading “The 2018 economics Nobel shows we can’t discuss economics without considering climate change”

Brace yourself for more record heat

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Current high temperatures in the northern hemisphere are set to continue. Climate change means we’re likely to experience very hot summers more often — even though we’re already struggling with health consequences now.

    
Bildergalerie : Sommer / Abkühlung (picture-alliance/dpa)

Europe is in the throes of a heat wave, and it’s not letting up — on the contrary. More hot air is coming over from Africa, and is even bringing desert dust with it.

Southwestern European countries are being hit especially hard. Authorities in Portugal issued a nationwide health warning, including for dust from the Sahara. Warnings were also issued for 40 of Spain’s 50 provinces. The southeastern Portuguese town of Beja is expected to see a peak of 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday.
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How the coffee industry is about to get roasted by climate change

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Fall is always a good time to create new habits, and coffee chains know it.

These days, they are desperately trying to find any excuse to get you to drink their java.

Many chains used National or International Coffee Day, just passed, as a reason to offer their coffee at a discount, or even for free — with some conditions, of course.

For restaurant operators, there’s no better hook than coffee to get repeat business. It’s a great scheme that seems to be working for some. Given what’s looming on the horizon, however, offering free coffee may no longer be an option for businesses.

Coffee demand around the world is shifting. Europe still accounts for almost one third of the coffee consumed worldwide, but China has doubled its consumption in just the last five years. Continue reading “How the coffee industry is about to get roasted by climate change”

Europe’s biggest insurance group Allianz stops insuring coal companies

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Europe’s biggest insurance group, Germany-based Allianz, stops selling policies to coal companies effective immediately under efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuel and foster climate-saving energy policies.

    
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Munich, Germany-based Allianz Group announced on Friday that it would refuse insurance coverage of coal-fired power plants and coal mines with immediate effect, and would aim to get rid of all coal risks in its business by 2040.

Read more: How can the world move beyond fossil fuels?

In addition, Europe’s biggest insurer said it would stop investing in companies that do not cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

“We want to promote the transition to a climate-friendly economy,” said chief executive Oliver Bäte, adding that the company wanted to get “even more serious on global warming.” Continue reading “Europe’s biggest insurance group Allianz stops insuring coal companies”

Over 100 corporate giants align with UN climate goals

At EU level, a high-level group on sustainable finance issued its final recommendations earlier this year, calling on the 28-country bloc to stop pouring public money into polluting fossil fuels and focus spending on clean energies instead. [Jeff Kubina / Flickr]

L’Oreal and Electrolux today (17 April) joined the likes of McDonald’s and Sony in aligning their emission goals with the 2°C target of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

103 global companies have now signed up to emission reduction goals in line with what climate scientists say is required to prevent dangerous global warming, said the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The 100+ companies’ combined emissions are equal to the annual CO2 emissions from 100 coal-fired power plants, representing US$3.4 trillion in market value, roughly equivalent to the London Stock Exchange, the SBTi said in a statement.
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Nông lâm kết hợp: giải pháp ngày càng phổ biến cho một thế giới nóng và đói khát

Thoạt nhìn, các vùng phía Tây Cameroon trông có vẻ tươi tốt [phủ xanh bởi cây cối và rừng], nhưng khi nhìn gần hơn thì thấy đất đai ở khu vực này đã bị suy thoái do canh tác quá mức, kỹ thuật canh tác không bền vững, thảm thực vật bị tàn phá do bị khai thác làm củi và cháy rừng.

Tuy nhiên, ở một số khu vực vẫn tràn ngập đa dạng sinh học: cà phê phát triển dưới bóng mát của cây chuối, gần đó là những cây mận Châu Phi (tên địa phương là cây safou), cây cô la, cam và các loại cây lấy gỗ như gỗ gụ. Đối với người không chuyên thì đây trông giống như một khu rừng tự nhiên, nhưng thực tế đó là một hệ thống nông lâm – kết hợp cây cho bóng mát với cây trồng.

 [Hệ thống nông lâm kết hợp điển hình ở vùng Tây Bắc của Cameroon với chuối và các loại quả địa phương và cây lấy gỗ. Ảnh Ebernezar Asaah]

Hiện tượng thủy triều đỏ trên các vùng biển và đề xuất với Việt Nam

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“Thuỷ triều đỏ” là thuật ngữ ngày càng phổ biến và quen thuộc. Nó không thuần chỉ là một hiện tượng tự nhiên tuyệt vời đầy kì bí như nhiều người vẫn nghĩ mà thực chất là một vấn đề môi trường nhức nhối cần quan tâm.

“Thủy triều đỏ” chỉ sự nở hoa của các loài vi tảo biển. Đây là hiện tượng tự nhiên xảy ra do mật độ tế bào vi tảo gia tăng lên đến hàng triệu tế bào/lít (thông thường có khoảng 10 – 100 tế bào vi tảo/ml nhưng trong trường hợp “nở hoa”, mật độ có thể lên trên 10.000 tế bào/ml), làm biến đổi màu của nước biển từ xanh lục đậm, đỏ cho đến vàng xám.
Continue reading “Hiện tượng thủy triều đỏ trên các vùng biển và đề xuất với Việt Nam”

Secretary-General Appoints Michael R. Bloomberg of United States Special Envoy for Climate Action

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Michael R. Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy for Climate Action.

Mr. Bloomberg will support the Secretary-General’s climate strategy and efforts towards the planned 2019 Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters.  The Summit will mobilize stronger and more ambitious action towards 2020 climate targets.  The Special Envoy will leverage efforts in key areas of the Summit to encourage rapid and enhanced implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change in the context of sustainable development.
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Sea-level legacy: 20cm more rise by 2300 for each 5-year delay in peaking emissions

02/20/2018 – Peaking global CO2 emissions as soon as possible is crucial for limiting the risks of sea-level rise, even if global warming is limited to well below 2°C. A study now published in the journal Nature Communications analyzes for the first time the sea-level legacy until 2300 within the constraints of the Paris Agreement. Their central projections indicate global sea-level rise between 0.7m and 1.2m until 2300 with Paris put fully into practice. As emissions in the second half of this century are already outlined by the Paris goals, the variations in greenhouse-gas emissions before 2050 will be the major leverage for future sea levels. The researchers find that each five year delay in peaking global CO2 emissions will likely increase median sea-level rise estimates for 2300 by 20 centimeters.

Sea-level legacy: 20cm more rise by 2300 for each 5-year delay in peaking emissions

Every delay in peaking emissions by 5 years between 2020 and 2035 could mean additional 20 cm of sea-level rise (Mengel et al 2018)

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Thẩm định tính khả thi cho dự án năng lượng tái tạo ở thị trường mới nổi – Trích Hướng dẫn tài chính cho người làm chính sách: Năng lượng tái tạo và hạ tầng xanh (P2)

>> Phần 1: Giới thiệu về Hướng dẫn Tài chính cho người làm chính sách: Năng lượng tái tạo và hạ tầng xanh
>> Phần 2: Thẩm định tính khả thi cho dự án năng lượng tái tạo ở thị trường mới nổi

1. CÁC VẤN ĐỀ TÀI CHÍNH CHO DỰ ÁN NĂNG LƯỢNG TÁI TẠO Ở THỊ TRƯỜNG MỚI NỔI 

Như đã nêu ở phần trước, các nhà đầu tư luôn đánh giá một loạt các yếu tố thông thường cho tất cả các thị trường. Tuy nhiên, trong bối cảnh thẩm định tính khả thi và giám sát đầu tư điển hình ở các thị trường mới nổi, sẽ có sự nhấn mạnh đặc biệt vào một loạt các rủi ro cần đượcthận trọng giảm thiểu:

• Sự ổn định và trưởng thành của hệ thống chính trị: điều này ảnh hưởng đến khả năng các dự án đạt được kết quả thành công, vì sự bất ổn càng lớn thì lượng vốn mà các nhà đầu tư và các nhà cho vay thương mại tài trợ cho dự án càng nhỏ. Rủi ro chính trị, ví dụ như sự bế tắc của hợp đồng (CF- contract frustration) và tịch thu, quốc hữu hóa, sung công và cách chức (CNED- confiscation, nationalization, expropriation and deprivation), có thể được chuyển giao cho một loạt các công ty bảo hiểm tư nhân và công lập, bao gồm Cơ quan Bảo đảm Bảo hiểm Đa phương (MIGA, một phần của Nhóm Ngân hàng Thế giới), Lloyd’s of London và thị trường bảo hiểm quốc tế. Khả năng hoặc sự sẵn sàng của các nhà cung cấp dịch vụ này trong việc chấp nhận rủi ro và phí bảo hiểm cho rủi ro sẽ được xác định bởi sự ổn định và sự trưởng thành của hệ thống chính trị. Continue reading “Thẩm định tính khả thi cho dự án năng lượng tái tạo ở thị trường mới nổi – Trích Hướng dẫn tài chính cho người làm chính sách: Năng lượng tái tạo và hạ tầng xanh (P2)”

Provinces improve response to climate change

vietnamnews Update: February, 08/2018 – 06:00

Lessons learned from the strategic mainstreaming of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) was a good foundation for Việt Nam to prepare for climate change. — Photo tuoitre.vn

HÀ NỘI — Lessons learned from the strategic mainstreaming of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) was a good foundation for Việt Nam to prepare for climate change, according to Dr. Nguyễn Thế Chinh from the Natural Resources and Environment Strategic Institute.

Dr Chinh was speaking on Tuesday at a workshop reviewing a project on the subject. It was held by the Institute for Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment in collaboration with the German Development Co-operation Agency. The event marked more than three years of productive collaboration.

The Euro 4-million (US$4.9 million) project funded by the German Society for International Co-operation (GIZ) worked with the Vietnamese Government to mainstream ecosystem-based measures into pilot models in Hà Tĩnh and Quảng Bình provinces.

“After three years of implementation, the project evaluated the vulnerable ecological situation in Hà Tĩnh and Quảng Bình provinces,” Chinh said.

“The project also helped to set up a national plan of land use for 2016-2020, and an updated action plan for climate change preparedness until 2020 in the provinces,” he added.

The EbA project aims to support efforts in the strategic mainstreaming of ecosystem-based approaches into national policies on climate change adaptation, land-use and development planning.

EbA has been identified as an effective adaptation measure given that Việt Nam is heavily affected by the adverse effects of climate change.

Climate change vulnerability assessments have been conducted at both provincial and commune levels to introduce appropriate EbA solutions for implementation in the selected provinces.

From 2016, the project began pilot EbA activities in coastal areas suffering erosion and sand movement in Quảng Bình Province by planting and rehabilitating coastal forests in combination with livelihood activities, such as cattle-raising, fresh- water fish farming, and vegetable cultivation.

In Hà Tĩnh, the project piloted EbA approaches in a mountain ecosystem under drought conditions, enriching natural forest by using indigenous plants, oranges and pineapples grown in contour lines – plus bee-raising.

The two areas selected for the pilot EbA approaches shared common characteristics. Firstly, the communities in both areas showed real enthusiasm to participate; and secondly, they lived in areas suffering from difficult economic conditions, with limited access to the technologies required for agricultural production.

Strengthening the capacity of stakeholders at central and local levels was a key aspect of the project.

To improve knowledge and the sharing of information on EbA measures and activities, the project organised a series of training workshops on mainstreaming them into the development planning process.

The project also focused on mainstreaming EbA into the climate-change-adaptation legal framework by supporting Government agencies. For example, the Department of Land Management will implement strategic environmental assessments to collect inputs for revising national land-use planning for 2016-2020; the Department for Planning Management will mainstream EbA and climate-change issues into developing the Planning Law; and the departments of Natural Resources and Environment of Hà Tĩnh and Quảng Bình will mainstream EbA into the updated Provincial Climate Change Action Plans to 2020.

Ivo Litzenberg, GIZ expert, said after three years of implementation, the two provinces had cleaner water resources and a healthier ecological system which was less vulnerable to climate-change impacts.

Land erosion was also reduced, which helped local people produce rice crops on slopes, said Litzenberg.

The project had also helped local people understand the importance of production thast was less harmful to ecological systems, he said.

Meanwhile, according to Phan Lam Sơn, deputy head of Hà Tĩnh Province’s Natural Resources and Environment Department, the project helped people become aware of main reasons for climate change, such as improper use of natural resources, waste discharge and polluting the environment.

Việt Nam was assessed as one of nations worst affected by climate change.

If the sea water level rise by one metre, 40 per cent of land area in Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta, 11 per cent of land in the Hồng Delta, and 3 per cent of land areas along other coastal regions would be submerged.

About 10-12 per cent of population would be affected and losses would account for 10 per cent of the country’s GDP, said experts.

Understanding the consequences, the Government has issued several legal documents to deal with the situation, including a National Programme on Climate Change Preparedness, National Strategy on Climate Changes, National Strategy on Natural Calamity Reduction by 2020. — VNS