10 Big Changes for Forests Over the Last Decade

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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.

Australia’s Deadly Wildfires in Photos: The View from Space

Wildfires devastated southeastern Australia in the final months of 2019 and in January 2020. See photos of those wildfires from space as NASA tracks them with satellites.

Wildfires devastated southeastern Australia in the final months of 2019 and in January 2020. See photos of those wildfires from space as NASA tracks them with satellites. (Image: © NASA EOSDIS)

Fueled by a lengthy and intensifying drought, an early kickoff to fire season in the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales began in September 2019 and continued into early 2020. Upwards of 100 wildfires have devastated Australia’s southeast coast, killing at least 17 people. Tiếp tục đọc “Australia’s Deadly Wildfires in Photos: The View from Space”

Dump-turned-park offers relaxing moments

Update: January, 05/2020 – 08:03 VNS

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By Lê Hương

People have to stand patiently in a long queue to enter Hanuel Park on Nanjido Island on a branch of the Han River in Seoul, South Korea.

None of them, neither adults nor children, seem frustrated to be queuing.

That’s probably because they know once they pass the entrance gate, they will step into a relaxing space with immense fields of flowers, wild grass, full of fresh air and tranquillity.

People visit Hanuel Park especially in mass number at weekend. VNS Photos Đoàn Tùng

It’s a familiar scene at the park, which receives thousands of visitors a day. Tiếp tục đọc “Dump-turned-park offers relaxing moments”

Đồng Nai: 61 cây cổ thụ trong khu bảo tồn bị ‘chặt nhầm’

Dọn phát dây leo, ‘chặt nhầm’ sang cây cổ thụ

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ĐỒNG NAI Thị sát khu vực 61 cây bị đốn, Phó chủ tịch UBND tỉnh Võ Văn Chánh cho biết Khu bảo tồn Thiên nhiên văn hoá tự chặt cây rừng là sai phạm.

Ông Võ Văn Chánh, Phó Chủ tịch UBND tỉnh Đồng Nai một mình thị sát khu rừng bị phá. Ảnh: Phước Tuấn

Ông Võ Văn Chánh – Phó chủ tịch tỉnh Đồng Nai tại khu rừng bị chặt phá. Ảnh: Phước Tuấn.

Ngày 28/12, ông Võ Văn Chánh dẫn đầu đoàn kiểm tra, thị sát khu rừng đồi 90 xã Phú Lý, huyện Vĩnh Cửu (thuộc diện quản lý của Khu bảo tồn Thiên nhiên văn hoá Đồng Nai). Gần một hecta rừng tự nhiên tại đây có 61 cây đường kính 14-60 cm vừa bị đốn hạ với hơn 12 m3 gỗ.

Cùng lực lượng chức năng mất khá nhiều thời gian xem xét quy mô rừng thiệt hại và số gỗ bị đốn hạ, ông Chánh cho rằng sai phạm đã quá rõ, còn vi phạm đến mức nào thì phải điều tra thêm. Sau khi cùng đoàn kiểm tra ra về, ông Chánh một mình quay lại khu rừng tìm hiểu, xác minh thêm. “Đồng Nai lâu nay bảo vệ và quản lý rừng rất chặt chẽ. Giờ xảy ra việc cây rừng bị đốn là rất đáng tiếc, phải xử lý nghiêm”, ông Chánh nói.

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Leading NGOs urge Vietnam to scrap new coal-fired power projects

By Sen    January 2, 2020 | 08:31 pm GMT+7

Leading NGOs urge Vietnam to scrap new coal-fired power projects

A coal-fired power plant in Thai Binh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Chinh.

12 organizations specializing in health and environment together have called on Vietnam to scrap 14 new coal plants.

Concerned by the environmental and health toll that coal-fired power plants exact, leaders of 12 networks and non-government organizations collectively urged Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to stop 14 coal-fired plants in Vietnam.

Among the signatories to the statement released Monday are Green Innovation and Development Center (Green ID), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance, CARE International and Oxfam Vietnam.

The 14 projects, located in eight provinces – Quang Ninh and Bac Giang in northern Vietnam, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Binh Thuan in central Vietnam, and the southern Long An, Tien Giang and Soc Trang – will have a total capacity of 17,390 MW.

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2019: The year rainforests burned

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  • 2019 closed out a “lost decade” for the world’s tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin, environmental policy roll-backs, assaults on environmental defenders, abandoned conservation commitments, and fires burning through rainforests on four continents.
  • The following review covers some of the biggest rainforest storylines for the year.

2019 closed out a “lost decade” for the world’s tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin, environmental policy roll-backs, assaults on environmental defenders, abandoned conservation commitments, and fires burning through rainforests on four continents.

The following covers some of the biggest rainforest storylines for the year. The list isn’t exhaustive, so if there are important things missing, feel free to add them via the comment function at the bottom. Tiếp tục đọc “2019: The year rainforests burned”

TUYÊN BỐ CHUNG CỦA CÁC LIÊN MINH TỔ CHỨC XÃ HỘI NGHỀ NGHIỆP HOẠT ĐỘNG TRONG CÁC LĨNH VỰC BẢO VỆ QUYỀN – SỨC KHỎE – MÔI TRƯỜNG – NĂNG LƯỢNG – PHÁP LÝ VỀ VIỆC XÂY DỰNG CÁC NHÀ MÁY NHIỆT ĐIỆN THAN TRÊN LÃNH THỔ VIỆT NAM

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CHÚNG TÔI, những người đứng đầu và đại diện cho các Liên minh, Mạng lưới, Nhóm công tác của các Tổ chức xã hội và các tổ chức NGO, gồm:

  • Liên minh Phòng chống bệnh không lây nhiễm Việt Nam – Vietnam Non-communicable Diseases Prevention Alliance
  • Liên minh Năng lượng bền vững Việt Nam – Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance
  • Nhóm Công lý, Môi trường và sức khỏe – Action Group of Justice, Environment and Health
  • Liên minh Truyền thông và Quyền của những người dễ bị tổn thương – Coalition for Right to access to information and Media for Vulnerable group
  • Mạng lưới Sông ngòi – Vietnam Rivers Network
  • Liên minh hành động vì Khí hậu Việt Nam (VCCA)
  • Và các tổ chức xã hội khác trong danh sách ký tên

Đã nhóm họp tại Hà Nội, ngày 30 tháng 12 năm 2019, để thảo luận về lộ trình và mục tiêu thực hiện phát triển bền vững (SDGs, 2030) mà Việt Nam đã cam kết tham gia và là một thành viên tích cực. Trong đó đã phân tích ý kiến đề xuất của Chủ tịch Hiệp hội Năng lượng Việt Nam Trần Viết Ngãi và ý kiến của Thủ tướng Chính phủ Nguyễn Xuân Phúc về việc xây dựng các nhà máy nhiệt điện than theo Quy hoạch điện VII (điều chỉnh) tại Hội nghị tổng kết ngành công thương tổ chức tại Hà Nội ngày 27 tháng 12 năm 2019. Tiếp tục đọc “TUYÊN BỐ CHUNG CỦA CÁC LIÊN MINH TỔ CHỨC XÃ HỘI NGHỀ NGHIỆP HOẠT ĐỘNG TRONG CÁC LĨNH VỰC BẢO VỆ QUYỀN – SỨC KHỎE – MÔI TRƯỜNG – NĂNG LƯỢNG – PHÁP LÝ VỀ VIỆC XÂY DỰNG CÁC NHÀ MÁY NHIỆT ĐIỆN THAN TRÊN LÃNH THỔ VIỆT NAM”

More Water Shortages Mean Energy Investors Need New Ways to Manage Drought Risk

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On July 5, 2015, the first of six thermal power generation units at the Parli Thermal Power Station in Maharashtra, India shut down. Unable to draw enough water from the nearby Majalgaon dam, which had nearly run dry, the coal-powered unit was unable to run its cooling system and was forced to halt electricity production. This was just the start, as each of the five additional units subsequently shut down as well. Between July 2015 and December 2016, Parli stopped generating electricity entirely for 226 days solely due to water shortages, and during the days it wasn’t entirely shut down, it was largely paralyzed.

Imagine this picture replicated in other parts of India and around the world. Recent research is beginning to link climate change to drought, which suggests that risks to water availability will likely get worse.

That water shortages can prove costly to energy companies is old news. What is less understood is how much water shortages can impact utilities’ bottom lines.

In our new study, Financial Implications of Parched Power, we find that water shortage-induced outages to thermal power generation didn’t just turn off customers’ lights, they also caused occasional and sometimes major financial impacts to thermal power companies. This finding can have important implications for both thermal power companies and their investors. Tiếp tục đọc “More Water Shortages Mean Energy Investors Need New Ways to Manage Drought Risk”

Manage Deforestation Risk in Supply Chains

The world lost 12 million hectares of tropical forests in 2018, according to Global Forest Watch, and nearly 40 percent of deforestation is commodity-driven. Why is it so hard for companies to stop deforestation? Commodities like palm oil, cocoa, beef and soy may change hands dozens of times from the moment they’re harvested until they end up in candy bars, toothpaste or baby formula, making it nearly impossible to track deforestation in products. Today, it is finally possible for a company or bank of any size to analyze and manage deforestation risk using GFW Pro.