In the first weeks of 2018 there were (for me) unexpected announcements from both the EU and the UK Government on the urgent global issue of ocean plastic pollution. The EU intends to make all plastic packaging on the European market recyclable by 2030 and in her speech announcing the UK’s 25 Year Environment Plan, Prime Minister Theresa May committed the UK to eliminating all “avoidable plastic waste” by 2042. The Prime Minister also said it would direct UK aid to help developing nations reduce plastic waste, which could indicate a new direction for the UK’s and other countries’ aid programmes.
- Vietnam’s global press freedom ranking is one of the lowest in the world.
- Reporters Without Borders ranks Vietnam 175 0f 180 in its 2017 annual press freedom index.
- Environmental journalists in Vietnam, including citizen journalists and bloggers, routinely face roadblocks and sometimes jail time.
Katie Reytar and Peter Veit, World Resources Institute
– Indigenous Peoples and local communities are some of the best environmental stewards. Their livelihoods and cultures depend on forests, clean water and other natural resources, so they have strong incentives to sustainably manage their lands.
LandMark, the first global platform to provide maps of land held by Indigenous Peoples and local communities, last month released new carbon storage, tree cover loss, natural resource concessions, dam locations and other data layers that shed light on the environment in which these lands exist. Now anyone, anywhere can view and analyze indigenous and local communities’ environmental contributions and identify threats to specific lands. Continue reading “Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities Vital to the Global Environment”
There is a simple reason why there is always trouble in Nakhon Phanom. It is the reason why the US air force came here during the Vietnam war, and the reason why this dull and dusty town in north-east Thailand now serves as a primary gateway on the global animal trafficking highway. It is all to do with Continue reading “The crime family at the centre of Asia’s animal trafficking network”
- China has shut its legal, domestic ivory markets and banned all commercial ivory trade.
- Conservationists have welcomed this ban, calling it “one of the most important days in the history of elephant conservation”.
- But for China’s ivory ban to work, neighboring countries must follow suit, conservationists say.
China’s ivory trade ban is now in effect, making it illegal to sell and buy ivory in the country. Continue reading “Ivory trade in China is now banned”
New analysis from The Nature Conservancy, WRI and others estimates that stopping deforestation, restoring forests and improving forestry practices could cost-effectively remove 7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, or as much as eliminating 1.5 billion cars—more than all of the cars in the world today!
In fact, forests are key to at least six of the study’s 20 “natural climate solutions,” which could collectively reduce 11.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. That’s as much as halting global oil consumption, and would get us one-third of the way toward limiting global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels — the threshold for avoiding catastrophic effects of climate change — by 2030.
Stopping Deforestation Offers the Biggest Benefit
Ha Cong Tuan, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, speaks to the Vietnam Economic Times about his ministry’s resolve to make forests a key resource for national economic development.
How does the 2017 Law on Forestry compare to the 2004 Law on Forestry Protection and Development?
The new forestry law consists of 12 chapters with 108 articles stipulating management, protection, development and use of forests, along with processing and trade of forest products. The law will come into force on January 1st 2019. Continue reading “New forestry law looks beyond protection to development”
|A resident of HCM City’s Bình Tân District collects rubbish from Liên Phường Canal. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Dự|
The volume of discarded electronics in East and South-East Asia jumped almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast in both total volume and per capita measures, new UNU research shows.
Driven by rising incomes and high demand for new gadgets and appliances, the average increase in e-waste across all 12 countries and areas analysed — Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Province of China, Thailand and Vietnam — was 63% in the five years ending in 2015 and totalled 12.3 million tonnes, a weight 2.4 times that of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
China alone more than doubled its generation of e-waste between 2010 and 2015 to 6.7 million tonnes, up 107%. Continue reading “E-Waste in East and South-East Asia Jumps 63% in Five Years”
“Tôi thường xuyên tham gia vào một số diễn đàn trực tuyến và các chiến dịch về môi trường do người Việt đứng đầu – những người đã đưa ra các giải pháp về việc chặt 6.700 cây xanh ở Hà Nội, phá rừng Thái Bình để phát triển kinh tế và xây dựng ở Cát Bà “, bà Trần Thị Thuý Bình nói – một thành viên của Diễn đàn các Nhà báo Môi trường Việt Nam tại Hà Nội.
Bình, cùng với 40 triệu người Việt trẻ thành thạo internet, xuất hiện là một phần của làn sóng mới nổi của chủ nghĩa quốc gia môi trường đang tràn khắp quốc gia. Điều đáng ngạc nhiên nhất là Facebook, từng bị cấm ở Việt Nam, đã minh chứng là một nền tảng hấp dẫn để tổ chức các diễn đàn môi trường. Với dân số 93 triệu người và số người sử dụng Internet ngày càng tăng, các phương tiện truyền thông xã hội đã chứng tỏ là sự lựa chọn hàng đầu của người Việt trẻ có giáo dục.
Hoạt động trực tuyến của giới trẻ đã gây được sự chú ý vào năm ngoái ở tỉnh Hà Tĩnh – nơi xảy ra tội phạm môi trường của Công ty thép Formosa, nơi người dân đã xuống đường, thậm chí tập trung gần Hồ Hoàn Kiếm ở Hà Nội để phản đối việc xả nước thải chứa độc tố chưa qua xử lý của công ty Đài Loan ra biển Đông.
September 7, 2017 9.22pm BST
theconversation_When people picture sand spread across idyllic beaches and endless deserts, they understandably think of it as an infinite resource. But as we discuss in a just-published perspective in the journal Science, over-exploitation of global supplies of sand is damaging the environment, endangering communities, causing shortages and promoting violent conflict.
Skyrocketing demand, combined with unfettered mining to meet it, is creating the perfect recipe for shortages. Plentiful evidence strongly suggests that sand is becoming increasingly scarce in many regions. For example, in Vietnam domestic demand for sand exceeds the country’s total reserves. If this mismatch continues, the country may run out of construction sand by 2020, according to recent statements from the country’s Ministry of Construction. Continue reading “The world is facing a global sand crisis”
ecosystemmarketplace_Many countries have ended deforestation domestically, only to import it from other countries through lax regulation. Now six Asian countries have joined the 28 Member States of the European Union, the United States, and Australia in vowing to prevent timber harvested illegally from finding its way into their domestic markets. Continue reading “Six Asian countries take steps to regulate imports of illegal timber products”
euractive_In May 2017, EU justice ministers decided that environmental crimes – including wildlife trafficking and waste crimes – would be one of the EU’s ten priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-21 policy cycle. Catherine Bearder evokes how this decision came to being.
Continue reading “How environmental crime became an EU security priority for 2018-21”