Mekong Delta water shortages threaten 180,000 households

by Peter Tran AsiaNews

The region has suffered from drought since 2016. Five provinces have declared a state of emergency earlier this month. In most places, the Mekong is between 0.1 and 1 metre above the Eastern Sea level. Lack of rain, water use and more dams have increased salinity.

 

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) – Drought and water salinity are threatening the lives of 180,000 householfs in the Mekong Delta, south-western Vietnam.

Over the past two months, the number of residents affected by the crisis has increased, touching 10 of the region’s 13 provinces, especially Bến Tre, Kiên Giang, Cà Mau, Long An and Tiền Giang, which declared a state of emergency in early March. Tiếp tục đọc “Mekong Delta water shortages threaten 180,000 households”

Central region faces water shortage for summer-autumn crop

Update: April, 01/2020 – 14:14 VNS

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The General Department of Irrigation forecast the water shortage for crops in central region. — Photo moitruongvadothi.vn

HÀ NỘI — Thousands of hectares of farmland in the central region were likely to face severe water shortages for the summer-autumn rice crop, according to the General Department of Irrigation. Tiếp tục đọc “Central region faces water shortage for summer-autumn crop”

Dự án lấp biển Cần Giờ của VINGroup – Can Gio reclamation project by VINGroup (relevant articles)

PLEASE RAISE YOUR VOICE TO THE PRIME MINISTER TO SAVE CAN GIO

Viet reclamation project raises concern

Singapore, Strait Times, Dec. 23, 2019
Viet reclamation project raises concern, click here to read

Vietnam’s massive ecotourism charade

Ms Huynh Thi Phuong, a resident of Can Gio who collects clams for a living, has received no information about a massive coastal reclamation project that impact her family’s livelihood. Credit: Le Quynh

By LE QUYNH

March 9, 2020

A US$9.3-billion reclamation project adjacent to a critical biosphere reserve has experts shaking their heads and locals facing destitution. This is part 2 of a two-part report funded by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network on Ho Chi Minh City’s controversial 2,870-hectare Can Gio Tourist City project. (Part 1: Science be dammed: Vietnam’s rush to help its largest conglomerate build a tourist city) Tiếp tục đọc “Dự án lấp biển Cần Giờ của VINGroup – Can Gio reclamation project by VINGroup (relevant articles)”

Southeast Asia is the world’s bilge dumping hotspot—what can be done to stop ships discharging waste oil?

eco-business.com

Satellite images have revealed the illegal discharge of waste oil and sludge from ships to be a daily occurrence in Indonesia, while Southeast Asia’s biodiverse waters suffer more from the problem than anywhere. What can be done to stop the destructive practice of bilge dumping?

Piracy. Illegal fishing. Slavery. The issues facing the shipping trade are increasingly well known and a highly traditional industry has at last started to confront them. But one important issue, which is as old as the trade itself, has been largely overlooked: bilge dumping.
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HÀN QUỐC SẼ ĐÓNG CỬA TỚI 28 NHÀ MÁY NHIỆT ĐIỆN THAN ĐỂ CHỐNG Ô NHIỄM KHÔNG KHÍ TRONG THÁNG 3/2020

Bộ Năng lượng Hàn Quốc vừa công bố sẽ tạm dừng hoạt động tới 28 nhà máy nhiệt điện than vào tháng 3/2020 để chống ô nhiễm không khí. Nước này hiện có khoảng 60 nhà máy nhiệt điện than, đóng góp vào 40% sản lượng điện cả nước.

Ô nhiễm bụi mịn ở Hàn Quốc xếp thứ 26 trên thế giới, theo bảng xếp hạng chất lượng không khí 2019 (IQAir), với nồng độ bụi mịn trung bình là 24,8µg/m³. Việt Nam đứng thứ 15 với nồng độ bụi mịn trung bình 34.1µg/m³. [1]
Tiếp tục đọc “HÀN QUỐC SẼ ĐÓNG CỬA TỚI 28 NHÀ MÁY NHIỆT ĐIỆN THAN ĐỂ CHỐNG Ô NHIỄM KHÔNG KHÍ TRONG THÁNG 3/2020”

Hanoi ranked world’s seventh most polluted capital city in 2019

By Nguyen Quy  VNExpress March 1, 2020 | 03:00 pm GMT+7

Hanoi ranked world's seventh most polluted capital city in 2019

Haze shrouds Hanoi sky over Pham Van Dong Street, Cau Giay District, in the morning of December 13, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Nghia.

Hanoi has become the world’s seventh most polluted capital city, even worse than Beijing, a new IQ AirVisual report says.

The city’s worsening air quality saw its average PM2.5 level last year rise to 46.9 micrograms per cubic meter of air from 40.8 in 2018, according to a report released this week by Switzerland-based air quality monitor, IQAir AirVisual.

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Giá cho thuê mặt biển của Việt Nam còn thấp

(TBTCVN) – Trao đổi với phóng viên TBTCVN, TS. Dư Văn Toán – Viện Nghiên cứu Biển và Hải đảo Việt Nam cho rằng, đơn giá cho thuê biển theo quy định tại Thông tư liên tịch số 198/2015/TTLT-BTC-BTNMT là quá thấp. Giá thấp sẽ khiến ngân sách nhà nước bị thất thu khoản này.
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Mỗi năm 1 triệu ha biển Việt Nam có giá trị kinh tế tự nhiên khoảng 1.571 tỷ USD.

* PV: Thông tư liên tịch 198/2015/TTLT-BTC-TNMT có quy định về giá thuê mặt biển, trong đó giá cao nhất là 7,5 triệu đồng/ha. Ông có nhận định gì về đơn giá này?
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Dự thảo Luật bảo vệ môi trường có… xa dân?

17/02/2020 19:40 GMT+7

TTO – Phân tích dự thảo Luật bảo vệ môi trường sửa đổi 2020, đại diện các mạng lưới, liên minh, tổ chức và nhà nghiên cứu hoạt động trong lĩnh vực môi trường, năng lượng, sức khỏe và pháp lý nhìn nhận dự luật này còn nhiều lý thuyết, ‘xa’ dân.

VN needs to become low-carbon economy to serve Paris Agreement: experts

Update: January, 08/2020 – 07:45 VNS

Speakers at a workshop held in HCM City on Tuesday to review a project to Support the Planning and Implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions. VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp

HCM CITY — Việt Nam must continue to take “concrete climate actions” to become a low-carbon economy and comply with the global Paris Agreement, a workshop heard in HCM City yesterday.

Hiromichi Murakami, deputy director general of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Headquarters’ Global Environment Department, said Việt Nam, as a member of the global community, played a major role in the implementation of the agreement. Tiếp tục đọc “VN needs to become low-carbon economy to serve Paris Agreement: experts”

Mê Kông cạn cá

BVR&MT – Tbong ngồi trong bóng râm của căn chòi tạm bợ trên bờ hồ Tonlé Sap, quanh anh là mấy đứa trẻ tò mò.

“Cá quả, cá trê, cá tai tượng… Trước đây, cách đây rất lâu, hồ có rất nhiều cá”, anh vừa nói vừa nheo mắt vì nắng.

Cá ở Tonlé Sap, hồ nước ngọt lớn nhất Đông Nam Á là nguồn chất đạm chính cho người Campuchia. (Ảnh: Getty)

Nhưng mọi thứ thay đổi chóng vánh. Các loài cá suy giảm, thực vật đang chết dần và toàn bộ hệ thống sông Mê Công tan rã. Đối với những đứa trẻ tụ tập quanh Tbong, một Tonlé Sap trù phú chỉ còn trong chuyện kể.

Nằm ở trung tâm lưu vực hạ nguồn sông Mê Công, Tonlé Sap là hồ nước ngọt lớn nhất Đông Nam Á. Hồ và vùng ngập lũ xung quanh được UNESCO công nhận là khu dự trữ sinh quyển vào năm 1997, là nơi sinh sản, cung cấp nguồn thức ăn và là nơi thu hoạch hàng trăm loài cá và các sản phẩm thủy sản khác. Tiếp tục đọc “Mê Kông cạn cá”

13 Facts About the Controversial Massive Chinese Dam That Slowed the Earth’s Rotation

interestingengineering.com

The Three Gorges Dam is one of the most ambitious and equally controversial projects on the planet.

How much do you know about the Three Gorges Dam? You have probably come across dams through your travels, or there may even be a dam near your home town.

SEE ALSO: 12 OF THE WORLD’S MOST FASCINATING DAMS

Dams can be awe-inspiring, human-made feats of engineering, powering the lives of the surrounding communities.

Yet, in the same breath dams are the subject of notable and significant national, regional or international controversy. And, no dam has garnered as much notoriety as the 3 Gorges Dam; a dam that is so massive in scale that it has actually slowed down the earth’s rotation.

For the uninitiated, a dam is a large barrier built across rivers and streams to confine and utilize the flow of water for human purposes such as irrigation and the generation of hydroelectricity.

So, if you have always wanted to hear the story behind the Three Gorges Dam and what makes it so controversial, it is your lucky day. An efficient man-made monument to innovation, or a destructive monstrosity? Today you will decide. Here are thirteen facts about Three Gorges Dam.

The Dam Was Originally Sun Yat-Sen’s Idea

Often considered the father of modern China, Sun Yat-sen originally proposed the idea of the Three Gorges Dam all the way back in early 1919. Overthrowing China’s Manchu dynasty in 1922,  Sun Yat-sen sparked the revolution that would plant the seeds of what would eventually become the Republic of China.

In an article titled, “A Plan to Development Industry”, Sun Yat-Sen proposed the idea of constructing a dam that not only would help control the flooding of the Yangtze River, but also embody China’s “new might.”  However, it would be a while before the project would come into fruition.

Three Gorges Is Massive

Though some claim the Three Gorges Dam is viewable from space, this is not true. Nevertheless, the dam is massive.  Made of steel and concrete, the steel dam is 7,661 feet long, almost 600 feet high.

Engineers needed 510,000 tons of steel to construct the massive dam. To put that in perspective, with the same resources you could build sixty different Eiffel Towers.

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10 Big Changes for Forests Over the Last Decade

globalforestwatch.org

The last decade was pivotal for the world’s forests. The 2010s saw the rise of unprecedented new commitments — from governments and the private sector alike — to bring deforestation to heel. The UN REDD+ framework, the New York Declaration on Forests and the Sustainable Development Goals set out ambitious targets to conserve and restore millions of hectares of forests.

But as this decade ends and a new one begins, it is also clear the world has fallen short on achieving its forest goals. While the impacts of climate change are being felt around the world, forests — an invaluable climate mitigation tool — are still being lost at high rates. Leaders in key countries are back-tracking on forest protection. Tiếp tục đọc “10 Big Changes for Forests Over the Last Decade”

Quiet is a luxury in Vietnam

By Jesse Peterson   January 16, 2020 | 01:05 pm GMT+7

Jesse Peterson

Jesse Peterson

It was in the middle of the night when I was woken by a noise that kept thumping into my ears. Someone was playing music somewhere down the street, and it was understandably annoying. Everyone in the neighborhood started calling each other to find out who did it. As for me, there went my peaceful slumber.

Eventually, it was discovered that a café down the street was responsible for the noise. The music continued for about 20 minutes before dying out.

The next morning I asked the café owner why he played loud music when everyone was asleep. “It’s the World Cup!” he said, as if that explained everything. He thought that way he could attract more customers to watch the game.

The other week I and my friends were hanging out at Saigon’s Le Van Tam Park at around 7 p.m. It was quiet, away from the urban cacophony and the traffic. We were having fun until we heard music being blasted at maximum volume from the center of the park. A man was carrying a huge loudspeaker and cranked it all the way up, much to the dismay of passersby. I asked him to turn it down, and he said no. We had to move to another place in the park, as far away from the source of the noise as possible, but it kept ringing in our ears so much we couldn’t hold a proper conversation.

Ironically, we were discussing how a society where people cooperate with each other in public is healthier than one whose citizens keep dragging each other down through distractions. Having lived in Saigon for many years, I realized two problems that its administration kept ignoring: waste and noise pollution.

A loudspeaker is placed in front of a shop in District 1, HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Son Hoa

A loudspeaker is placed in front of a shop in District 1, HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Son Hoa.

According to the broken windows theory by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, visible signs of crime, anti-social behavior and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, and vice versa.

One thing I noticed about Vietnam is how people have so little respect for each other’s ears. They don’t stop to consider if their playing music and singing loudly affects others, and the concept of noise pollution is simply lost to some. Every night I could hear the sound of people singing karaoke and eating and screaming during their nights out until 2 or 3 a.m. It’s almost lawless. Mind you, there’s an entire neighborhood here. Everyone’s trying to get some downtime after a long day at work or school. So please keep it down. I insist.

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Surfacing Innovative Solutions for Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution

Over 8 million metric tonnes (MMT) of plastic leaks into the oceans every year. Approximately 80 percent of this comes from land-based sources such as beach litter and sewage effluent, including waste entering through rivers. About 60 percent of land-based plastic waste leakage originates in five countries, all of which are in Asia: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. In a business-as-usual scenario, these countries are likely to more than double their plastic waste by 2025.

This study evaluates solutions available to reduce marine plastic pollution in Indonesia,the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The insights cited in this report are based on deskbased reviews and semi-structured interviews conducted with AVPN members and a range of social purpose organisations (SPOs), including nonprofits and social enterprises. Tiếp tục đọc “Surfacing Innovative Solutions for Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution”

Using US map to examine scale of massive Australia wildfires

The size of the wildfires would cover a large portion of the United States.