Answering the local press on the sidelines of the National Assembly session, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Tran Hong Ha said the principle of his ministry is ‘not to develop small-scale hydropower at any cost’.
Many experts believe that the historic floods in the central region some days ago were the results of climate change. How does the draft of the amended law on environmental protection address the issue?
Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Tran Hong Ha
The issues related to climate change, natural disasters and floods are mentioned in many laws. The reason behind recent floods is extreme climate change. All the indicators exceed the indicators of the floods in history.
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Khi thảm kịch đại dịch Covid-19 của nhân loại trở nên tệ hơn, các hạn chế toàn cầu để ngăn chặn sự lây lan của vi rút bao gồm lệnh ở tại nhà, đóng cửa kinh doanh và lệnh cấm đi lại – có thể góp phần cho một cuộc suy thoái kinh tế tồi tệ nhất kể từ Đại suy thoái – The Great Depression tại Mỹ trước thế chiến thứ II. Virus đã gây ra tác động không thể quên cho ngành năng lượng: năng lượng sử dụng toàn cầu dự đoán sẽ giảm 6% trong trong năm 2020; ngành công nghiệp năng lượng tái tạo cũng không đứng ngoài cuộc
Theo như ước tính của Wood Mackenize , công suất lắp đặt toàn cầu của năng lượng mặt trời và pin tích điện năm 2020 dự kiến sẽ giảm gần 20% so với dự báo trước COVID -19, công suất lắp đặt tua bin gió dự kiến giảm 4,9 GW, tương đương 6%. Việc giảm công suất lắp đặt năng lượng tái tạo và các biện pháp tiết kiếm năng lượng dẫn đến mất 106,000 việc làm trong tháng 3 tại Hoa Kỳ, so với mất 51,000 việc làm trong lĩnh vực dầu khí trong cùng thời gian. Phân tích cũng chỉ ra rằng 15% tổng lượng lao động trong lĩnh vực năng lượng sạch của Mỹ có thể bị mất việc trong những tháng tới- nghĩa là hơn nửa triệu việc làm. Tiếp tục đọc “TẠI SAO CẦN ĐẦU TƯ VÀO NĂNG LƯỢNG TÁI TẠO NGAY BÂY GIỜ?”→
A recent Harvard analysis led by Professor Francesca Dominici along with Doctoral student Xiao Wu and Assistant Professor Rachel Nethery is the first nationwide study to show a statistical link between COVID-19 deaths and other diseases associated with long-term exposure to fine particulate matter. The paper has been submitted for peer review and publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. Tiếp tục đọc “Linking Air Pollution To Higher Coronavirus Death Rates”→
If there were no hydroelectric dams, floods would still occur, even at a higher level. In many cases, without hydropower reservoirs, floods would be more serious.
VietNamNet introduces an article by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vu Thanh Ca, lecturer at the Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment, and former Director of the Institute for Marine and Island Studies under the Vietnam Administration of Sea and Islands.
Half of a landslide hill buries the operating office of Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue.
I taught river environmental engineering at Saitama University in Japan for six years. In 1995, Mr. Phan Van Khai (Deputy Prime Minister at that time) visited Japan and he was impressed by anti-landslide works in Japan.
By Viet Anh October 20, 2020 | 02:42 pm GMT+7 VNexpressHouses are submerged in flood waters in Thua Thien Hue Province, central Vietnam, October 10, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh.
Experts believe flooding in central Vietnam is a result of complex, future “new normal” weather patterns.
“According to our global assessment of current meteorological conditions, Vietnam is experiencing the worst weather impacts in the world at present,” said Grahame Madge, a spokesman for U.K. Met Office that provides critical weather services and world-leading climate science.
Nghe tin thuỷ điện Rào Trăng 3 nơi con trai đang làm việc bị sạt lở, ông Tạ Văn Chính vội bắt xe từ Thanh Hoá vào Huế.
Cùng đi với ông trên chuyến xe khách còn có anh vợ Lê Văn Phùng. Con trai cả hai ông cùng làm máy xúc ở Rào Trăng 3. Suốt chuyến đi 10 tiếng đồng hồ, người ở nhà gọi điện liên hồi, hai ông càng thêm rối bời, chỉ biết nén những tiếng thở dài.
More than 71% of wards and communes in Ho Chi Minh City have been recognised as “clean” areas – one of the outstanding results of the 200-day emulation movement held to celebrate its upcoming municipal Party Congress.
The movement also had a positive spill-over effect, helping the city take steps towards becoming “a rubbish-free city”.
Located in the heart of the downtown area, Nguyen Thai Binh Market in District 1 used to be a pollution black spot. Today, though, it’s become much cleaner. After every market session, under the supervision of the market’s management board, traders voluntarily clean up any waste around their area.
WASHINGTON (September 22, 2020)— Today in remarks delivered before the United Nations General Assembly, President Xi Jinping made a surprise announcement that China aims to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 and to peak carbon emissions before 2030. This is the first time Chinese leadership has made a commitment about reaching net zero emissions.
Following is a statement from Helen Mountford, Vice President, Climate and Economics, World Resources Institute:
“President Xi sent an extremely important signal today with his unexpected announcement that China will strive for carbon neutrality by 2060 and strengthen its national climate commitment including peaking emissions before 2030. The devil will be in the details and China should set more specific near-term targets and an earlier peaking date, but China’s direction of travel toward a zero-carbon future is coming into focus. Tiếp tục đọc “China Aims For Carbon Neutrality By 2060”→
By Viet Anh September 16, 2020 | 10:02 am GMT+7 vnexpressThe Xayaburi dam in the lower Mekong River in Laos. Photo by CK Power/Handout via AFP.
Germany has provided equipment to the Mekong River Commission to monitor the environmental impacts of two mainstream dams on the lower reaches of the Mekong River.
The equipment, worth around $600,000, meant to help monitor the impacts of Laos’s Xayaburi and Don Sahong dams, was handed over on Tuesday as part of the German government’s support for the MRC’s Joint Environment Monitoring of Mekong Mainstream Hydropower Projects (JEM) program, which is now in the pilot stage.
HCM City plans to turn Can Gio District into an ecological urban area as part of efforts to urbanise it and improve the quality of life for locals.
The famous Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve Area. HCM City plans to turn Can Gio District into an ecological urban area. Photo courtesy of the Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve Area
With Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc calling on HCM City to “urbanise the district while preserving its mangrove forests,” the city plans to solicit investment in the district, especially in major projects like the Can Gio Sea Encroachment project, Can Gio Bridge, an upgrade of the Rung Sac route, and building a ferry port.
Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) is USAID’s flagship program for combatting ocean plastic pollution. The program works globally to target ocean plastics directly at their source, focusing on rapidly urbanizing areas that contribute significantly to the estimated eight million metric tons of plastic that flow into the ocean each year.
An embankment section in Tran Van Thoi District of Ca Mau Province in early August, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Trung Dung.
With its coastal embankment threatened by collapse, Ca Mau Province is seeking urgent solutions to save residential areas and farmland.
The province entered a state of emergency Thursday to respond to any damage occurring as a three kilometer (1.86 miles) coastal embankment along its western coast nears the point of collapse due to wave impact.
Authorities have identified four sections as “especially threatened,” measuring 610 and 315 m each in U Minh District, and 1,900 m and 500 m each in Tran Van Thoi District.
“Those sections receive no forest protection. During extreme weather spells, waves would break directly against the embankment, putting it at great risk,” To Quoc Nam, deputy director of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said.
He confirmed the department is looking into investment projects to help counter the situation.