WHO reveals shocking figures on air pollution deaths

UNITED NATIONS — You may want to put on a gas mask after you read the latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO) on urban air pollution. The WHO says nine out of ten people are subjected to high levels of pollutants from the air they breathe. Continue reading “WHO reveals shocking figures on air pollution deaths”

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Vietnam’s Champion for Renewable Energy: Q&A with Goldman Prize Winner Khanh Nguy Thi

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Khanh Nguy Thi grew up near a coal plant in Bac Am, a village in northern Vietnam. While Nguy Thi’s lifelong dream was to become a diplomat, the memory of pollution in her hometown pulled her toward work in water conservation and community development.

In 2011, Khanh founded the Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID) to promote sustainable energy development in Vietnam. She also started the Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance, a network of 11 Vietnamese and international environmental organizations that collaborate on regional energy issues. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Champion for Renewable Energy: Q&A with Goldman Prize Winner Khanh Nguy Thi”

We calculated how much money trees save for your city

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Megacities are on the rise. There are currently 47 such areas around the globe, each housing more than 10 million residents.

More than half the global population now lives in urban areas, comprising about 3 percent of the Earth. The ecological footprint of this growth is vast and there’s far more that can be done to improve life for urban residents around the world. Continue reading “We calculated how much money trees save for your city”

Người Việt Nam đầu tiên nhận giải thưởng môi trường Goldman Environmental Prize,

Diễn văn lễ trao giải (Nguỵ Thị Khanh – Việt Nam  từ 1:1:00 – 1:10:00)

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Ngụy Thị Khanh đã sử dụng các nghiên cứu khoa học và hợp tác với các cơ quan nhà nước Việt Nam nhằm thúc đẩy các kế hoạch phát triển năng lượng dài hạn bền vững ở Việt Nam. Nêu bật những phí tổn và tác động môi trường của nhiệt điện than, cô đã hợp tác với các cơ quan chức năng nhằm giảm sự lệ thuộc vào than và hướng tới một tương lai năng lượng xanh hơn.

Những hiểm họa rõ ràng của năng lượng than

Nền kinh tế phát triển bùng nổ đã khiến cho nhu cầu điện của Việt Nam tăng khoảng 12%/năm trong thập kỷ qua. Việt Nam là một trong bốn nước châu Áđứng đầu thế giớivề xây dựng mới nhiệt điện than. Sau khi đã khai thác gần hết tiềm năng thủy điện, năm 2011 chính phủ Việt Nam đã chuyển sang phát triển nhiệt điện than và điện hạt nhân nhằm đáp ứng nhu cầu năng lượng trong tương lai. Một lượng khá lớn than sử dụng ở Việt Nam là than nhập khẩu, làm gia tăng sự lệ thuộc của đất nước vào các nguồn nhập khẩu đắt đỏ.Là một loại nhiên liệu phát điện gây ô nhiễm nhất, than đá gây ra 40% lượng phát thải khí nhà kính toàn cầu và là một nguồn chủ yếu gây ô nhiễm không khí và nước. Continue reading “Người Việt Nam đầu tiên nhận giải thưởng môi trường Goldman Environmental Prize,”

The Challenge of Agricultural Pollution : Evidence from China, Vietnam, and the Philippines

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In emerging East Asia, agricultural output has expanded dramatically over recent decades, primarily as a result of successful efforts to stimulate yield growth. This achievement has increased the availability of food and raw materials in the region, drastically diminished hunger, and more generally provided solid ground for economic development. The intensification of agriculture that has made this possible, however, has also led to serious pollution problems that have adversely affected human and ecosystem health, as well as the productivity of agriculture itself. In the region that currently owes the largest proportion of deaths to the environment, agriculture is often portrayed as a victim of industrial and urban pollution, and this is indeed the case. Yet agriculture is taking a growing toll on economic resources and sometimes becoming a victim of its own success. In parts of China, Vietnam, and the Philippines—the countries studied in The Challenge of Agricultural Pollution—this pattern of highly productive yet highly polluting agriculture has been unfolding with consequences that remain poorly understood. With large numbers of pollutants and sources, agricultural pollution is often undetected and unmeasured. When assessments do occur, they tend to take place within technical silos, and so the different ecological and socioeconomic risks are seldom considered as a whole, while some escape study entirely. However, when agricultural pollution is considered in its entirety, both the significance of its impacts and the relative neglect of them become clear. Meanwhile, growing recognition that a “pollute now, treat later” approach is unsustainable—from both a human health and an agroindustry perspective—has led public and private sector actors to seek solutions to this problem. Yet public intervention has tended to be more reactive than preventive and often inadequate in scale. In some instances, the implementation of sound pollution control programs has also been confronted with incentive structures that do not rank environmental outcomes prominently. Significant potential does exist, however, to reduce the footprint of farms through existing technical solutions, and with adequate and well-crafted government support, its realization is well within reach.
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“Cassou, Emilie; Jaffee, Steven M.; Ru, Jiang. 2018. The Challenge of Agricultural Pollution : Evidence from China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Directions in Development—Environment and Sustainable Development;. Washington, DC: World Bank. © World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/29187 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”

 

Evidence mounts for Alzheimer’s, suicide risks among youth in polluted cities

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Date: April 13, 2018
Source: The University of Montana
Summary: Researchers have published a new study that reveals increased risks for Alzheimer’s and suicide among children and young adults living in polluted megacities.

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A University of Montana researcher and her collaborators have published a new study that reveals increased risks for Alzheimer’s and suicide among children and young adults living in polluted megacities.

Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas said her group studied 203 autopsies of Mexico City residents ranging in age from 11 months to 40 years. Metropolitan Mexico City is home to 24 million people exposed daily to concentrations of fine particulate matter and ozone above U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. The researchers tracked two abnormal proteins that indicate development of Alzheimer’s, and they detected the early stages of the disease in babies less than a year old. Continue reading “Evidence mounts for Alzheimer’s, suicide risks among youth in polluted cities”

TÌM HIỂU NHU CẦU THU MUA RƠM RẠ HƯỚNG TỚI CÁNH ĐỒNG KHÔNG ĐỐT RƠM

Xin chân thành cảm ơn sự cung cấp thông tin của quý doanh nghiệp/trang trại!

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Hàng năm trên địa bàn Hà Nội thống kê có khoảng 01 triệu tấn rơm rạ và phụ phẩm nông nghiệp. Trong đó, lượng rơm rạ phát sinh là khoảng 642 nghìn tấn (59%), trấu là 171 nghìn tấn (16%); thân và lá ngô khoảng 204 nghìn tấn (19%); lõi ngô khoảng 68 nghìn tấn (6%) .

TUY NHIÊN, có tới 36% lượng phụ phẩm nông nghiệp bị ĐỐT BỎ – và tạo ra những tác động không nhỏ về ô nhiễm không khí, sức khỏe và an toàn giao thông.

Sở Tài nguyên và Môi trường Hà Nội và các Tổ chức phi chính phủ quan tâm về môi trường mong muốn các quí vị doanh nghiệp/trang trại cùng chia sẻ nhu cầu và khả năng thu mua rơm rạ của mình để có thể kết nối với nông dân các huyện ngoại thành của Hà Nội. Để cọng rơm không thành rác, những cánh đồng không đốt rơm cho không khí trong lành và cuộc sống khỏe mạnh, rất cần nỗ lực cả từ phía các bên, đặc biệt những người đang có nhu cầu sử dụng rơm rạ!

Anh/chị vui lòng điền vào phiếu khảo sát dưới đây để chúng tôi hiểu được nhu cầu, thông tin cũng như mong muốn từ phía các doanh nghiệp/trang trại về việc thu mua rơm rạ. Continue reading “TÌM HIỂU NHU CẦU THU MUA RƠM RẠ HƯỚNG TỚI CÁNH ĐỒNG KHÔNG ĐỐT RƠM”

Petroleum company caught dumping untreated waste in protected Hanoi forest

VNExrpess By Vo Hai, Phan Anh   March 14, 2018 | 10:03 pm GMT+7

Petroleum company caught dumping untreated waste in protected Hanoi forest

Plastic bags are seen from the discharge by a petroleum company in a Hanoi forest. Photo by VnExpress/Chien Minh

Locals say the company has been trying to cover up the evidence and switched to operating at night following complaints.

A petroleum company has been caught red-handed dumping untreated waste in a protected forest on the outskirts of Hanoi.

Residents of Soc Son District started noticing lines of trucks queuing up to dump tons of waste shortly before the Lunar New Year (Tet).

Continue reading “Petroleum company caught dumping untreated waste in protected Hanoi forest”

Nhuệ-Đáy river basin polluted despite clean-up efforts

vietnamnews Update: February, 03/2018 – 09:00

A part of the Nhuệ River running through Thanh Trì District’ Hữu Hòa and Tả Thanh Oai communes. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Nhuệ-Đáy river basin continues to suffer from pollution despite a range of environmental protection projects that have been carried out by several agencies, including Hà Nội’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment. 

Lê Tuấn Định, deputy head of the department, said the level of pollution in the water had steadily worsened and that many stretches of the river were seriously polluted, especially during the dry season.

He said, the water quality in the Nhuệ and Đáy rivers would improve when they received water from the Hồng (Red) River.

However, statistics from the department show that the water level of the Hồng River has been low since 2003. Continue reading “Nhuệ-Đáy river basin polluted despite clean-up efforts”

How can development cooperation address ocean plastic pollution?

23 January 2018

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.

Continue reading “How can development cooperation address ocean plastic pollution?”

Ministry acts first on environment

Last update 11:04 | 26/01/2018

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked agencies to comment on its special project to control companies thought to be likely of polluting the environment – even industries not yet in operation, such as power plants. 

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A worker at a steel smelting machine.— VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Nguyen

Tran Hieu Nhue from the Viet Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment said the project was imperative, especially after the massive death of fish in the central provinces in 2016.

“When we clearly name producers at high risk of polluting the environment, it is easier to force them to fix the situation,” he said. Continue reading “Ministry acts first on environment”

Dangerous levels of untreated waste in water samples

Last update 11:51 | 26/01/2018
VietNamNet Bridge – The content of untreated waste in a pond at a company in the northwestern province of Dien Bien exceeded national standards dozens of times, said the provincial Environmental Police Department.
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Dien Bien Province’s Environmental Police Department reports content of untreated waste in the Hong Diep–Dien Bien Starch JSC’s pond exceeded the national standard dozens of times. — Photo vov.vn

Local media reported on January 14 and 15 that hundreds of cubic metres of wastewater flowed into the Nam Nua Stream after a waste tank, belonging to a cassava starch-processing factory of Hong Diep–Dien Bien Starch JSC, cracked open, polluting the stream with a foul-smelling dark liquid and killing hundreds of fish. Continue reading “Dangerous levels of untreated waste in water samples”

Photochemical smog threatens public health in HCM City

Last update 18:49 | 24/01/2018

People living in HCM City are suffering from photochemical smog, a kind of air pollution that’s harmful to human health.

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HCM City people suffer from photochemical blindness, a kind of air pollution that’s harmful to human health.— Photo nld.com.vn

Photochemical smog is caused by the interaction of solar ultraviolet radiation, engine exhaust emissions and industrial emissions.

It has become a frequent phenomenon in recent years, especially during the hot and dry summer months. Photochemical smog is widespread in large cities such as Hà Nội and HCM City, posing increasingly serious risks to public health. Continue reading “Photochemical smog threatens public health in HCM City”

Death toll from air pollution four times higher than traffic accidents

Last update 07:50 | 12/01/2018

VietNamNet Bridge – Dr Le Viet Phu, a lecturer at Fulbright University, says the damages caused by air pollution to Vietnam in 2013 could be assessed up to $10 billion. 

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Vietnam is among 10 countries with the worst air quality

The figure was calculated based on WTP approaching method, which considers the willingness to pay for reduction in air pollution.

In 2013, the number of deaths because of PM 2.5 dust was 40,000, including 3,000 in HCMC. Continue reading “Death toll from air pollution four times higher than traffic accidents”