Covid Lays Bare the Flaws in Asia’s Booming Megacities

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August 19, 2020

Throughout modern history, pandemics—like wars, earthquakes, catastrophic fires, and other sweeping calamities—have fundamentally shaped and transformed cities. In the early 20th century, the Spanish Flu bore witness to the dangers of concentrating people in dense urban housing. In its aftermath, city governments in Europe and the Americas embraced new urban planning strategies to make cities healthier and more livable. Their efforts focused on creating more parkland and giving cities green “lungs.” More recently, the 1994 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Surat, India, led to the establishment of a citywide system to monitor public health, while the 2003 SARS outbreak prompted Singapore to improve its medical infrastructure. Tiếp tục đọc “Covid Lays Bare the Flaws in Asia’s Booming Megacities”

Khởi tố người mẹ bỏ rơi con mới đẻ giữa trời nắng nóng

ĐTH: Bố đứa trẻ đâu? Người làm cho chị này mang bầu đâu?  Tại sao chỉ khởi tố người mẹ? Tại sao đang ở bước khởi tố mà cơ quan chức năng và phóng viên có quyền công khai thông tin cá nhân, hình ảnh của người bị khởi tố. Điều này có vi phạm cơ bản quyền riêng tư và bảo vệ nhân phẩm của người bị khởi tố? Đây không phải là tội phạm. Kể cả tội phạm, đều có quyền được bảo vệ danh tính và quyền riêng tư.

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Bỏ rơi con vừa sinh giữa trời nắng nóng khiến cháu bé tử vong, đối tượng Phạm Thị Thành bị khởi tố về hành vi vứt bỏ con mới đẻ.

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Immediate switch to renewable energy required across sectors, says report

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According to the report by Paris-based think-tank REN21, though growth in renewable power has been impressive over the past five years, too little is happening in heating, cooling and transport

Immediate switch to renewable energy required across sectors, says report

New Delhi: The journey towards climate disaster would continue, unless an immediate switch to efficient and renewable energy is made across sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a latest report. Tiếp tục đọc “Immediate switch to renewable energy required across sectors, says report”

The magic washing machine – Máy giặt thần kỳ

 

Xe gom rác mini tự chế giá thành dưới 1 triệu đồng của thầy giáo trường làng

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TPO – “Xe rác thầy Tùng”, một sản phẩm tự chế của một thầy giáo trường làng tại Thừa Thiên Huế đang gây được sự chú ý của nhiều người, bởi tính cơ động, gọn nhẹ, hiệu quả và đặc biệt là giá thành chỉ dưới 1 triệu đồng để tạo ra sản phẩm phục vụ vệ sinh môi trường công cộng khá tiện lợi này.

Xe rác thầy Tùng.
Xe rác thầy Tùng.

Global poverty update from the World Bank: New poverty estimates for 2018

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The March 2020 global poverty update added more than 200 new surveys to PovcalNet, bringing the total number of surveys to more than 1,900. New poverty estimates for the reference year 2018 are now included for some regions, and the previously published global and regional estimates from 1981 to 2015 have been revised, reflecting data revisions and the availability of new data. More details on the revisions can be found in Atamanov et al. (2020).
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3 WAYS TO TELL IF CORPORATIONS ARE GENUINE ABOUT FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

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When Larry Fink announced in mid-January he’d be putting solving the climate emergency at the center of his US$7.43 trillion investment company BlackRock’s strategy, even long-time critics acknowledged it was a huge deal. “It takes leadership and a certain kind of courage to admit that change is needed,” wrote Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune at CNBC. “Now we must keep the pressure on.”

BlackRock had earlier stated a commitment to “sustainability,” yet for years faced pressure from the Sierra Club and others over its investments in fossil fuels and Amazon deforestation. In a letter last month to shareholders, Fink promised measurable change: BlackRock would no longer invest in companies deriving 25% or more of their revenues from thermal coal.

Shortly after, however, the environmental and human rights group Urgewald calculated that less than 20% of the coal industry would be affected. “The scope of the policy is still far too limited and further steps will need to follow quickly,” it argued.

In January, CEO Larry Fink announced that BlackRock would make the environment a key consideration in shaping its investment policy. Photo courtesy of BlackRock, Inc.

This is a familiar cycle these days: A large company makes an impressive-sounding climate commitment, but on closer inspection the reality ends up being messier and less inspiring than it first appeared. For example: Microsoft pledges to go “carbon negative” by 2030, removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits, while donating to the election campaign of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, who has questioned the science of climate change and has a 7% lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters.

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Three ways national development banks can unlock climate-smart growth

28 January 2020
ATMs in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Asian Development Bank, 2015. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

There is no doubt the world is facing a climate emergency. We must all act now to shift to climate-smart growth by redirecting our current investment and financing flows towards the Paris Agreement. National development banks (NDBs) have huge untapped potential to support this transformation. But our new report finds that despite their collective firepower – which far exceeds that of the multilateral and bilateral development banking system – NDBs have yet to step out of the shadows and into the international and domestic limelight. It is now time for NDBs to claim their rightful place at the policy table.
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Children to bear the burden of negative health effects from climate change

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Date: January 27, 2020

Source: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Summary: The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a recent article.Share:

The grim effects that climate change will have on pediatric health outcomes was the focus of a “Viewpoint” article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by Susan E. Pacheco, MD, an expert at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Pacheco, an associate professor of pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, along with professors from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the George Washington University, authored a series of articles that detail how increased temperatures due to climate change will negatively affect the health of humanity. In the article authored by Pacheco, she shines a light on the startling effects the crisis has on children’s health before they are even born. Tiếp tục đọc “Children to bear the burden of negative health effects from climate change”

5 shocking facts about inequality, according to Oxfam’s latest report

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  • Oxfam’s Time To Care report looks at wealth inequality and how it’s partly driven by the burden placed on women to provide unpaid – and underpaid – care work.
  • The charity proposes six solutions to “close the gap between care workers and the wealthy elite”.

“Governments around the world can, and must, build a human economy that is feminist and benefits the 99%, not only the 1%.”

That’s the message from Oxfam, the aid and development charity, in its latest report on the state of global inequality, Time To Care.

It focuses on the impact that unpaid and underpaid care work has on the prospects and livelihoods of women and girls across the world – and how that’s driving growing inequality.

Oxfam lists six recommendations to “close the gap between care workers and the wealthy elite who have profited most from their labour”, from ending extreme wealth to challenging harmful norms and sexist beliefs. Tiếp tục đọc “5 shocking facts about inequality, according to Oxfam’s latest report”

Vietnam caught pants down in gender gap ranking

VNE – By Nguyen Quy   December 21, 2019 | 03:20 pm GMT+7

Vietnam caught pants down in gender gap ranking
A woman works at a garment company in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 15, 2019. Photo by Reuters.

Struggling to eliminate gender inequality, Vietnam falls 10 places to 87th in 2019 global ranking.

With an average score of 0,700 on a scale of 1, Vietnam is making little progress toward gender equality, according to 2019 Global Gender Gap Report released by World Economic Forum.

Across Southeast Asia, the Philippines performed best, ranking 16th globally, followed by Laos (43rd), Singapore (54th), Thailand (75th), and Indonesia (85th). Vietnam lies ahead of Cambodia (89th), Brunei (95th), Malaysia (104th) and Myanmar (114th). Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam caught pants down in gender gap ranking”

Developing renewable energy in Vietnam Through the lens of equality and sustainability

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While Vietnam is facing many challenges in producing electricity, renewable energy is emerging as the tipping point for advancing development that is inclusive and sustainable in the country. Babeth Ngoc Han Lefur, country director, Oxfam in Vietnam delves into this issue.
developing renewable energy in vietnam through the lens of equality and sustainability
Babeth Ngoc Han Lefur, country director, Oxfam in Vietnam

As climate change is progressing at an even greater pace than expected by various climate modelling scenarios, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is urging countries to take robust action to cut down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030. In September 2019, people in more than 150 countries were stepping up to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and ensure a rapid, equitable energy revolution. The climate crisis will not wait, so neither should we. The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2019 calls for action and champions to demand more ambition from nations to fight the climate crisis. This is also an invitation to elevate care for the environment into a national theme where all have a role to play. Tiếp tục đọc “Developing renewable energy in Vietnam Through the lens of equality and sustainability”

Growing Better report 2019

Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use

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Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use

The Global Consultation Report of the Food and Land Use Coalition September 2019

For people, nature and climate

There is a remarkable opportunity to transform food and land use systems, but as the challenges are growing, we need to act with great urgency. The global report from the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) proposes a reform agenda – centred around ten critical transitions – of real actionable solutions. These could deliver the needed change to boost progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, help mitigate the negative effects of climate change, safeguard biodiversity, ensure more healthy diets for all, drastically improve food security and create more inclusive rural economies. Tiếp tục đọc “Growing Better report 2019”

World Mental Health Day sheds light on worrying rates of youth suicide

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World Mental Health Day 2019 focuses on raising awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it.

10 October 2019 – WHO

Worldwide, 800,000 people die by suicide each year – one every 40 seconds – making it the second leading cause of death among young people (aged 15 to 29), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, spotlighting suicide prevention as the theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day.

“Mental health has been neglected for too long,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message for the Day, saying it needs to be addressed urgently, as a matter “that concerns us all.” Tiếp tục đọc “World Mental Health Day sheds light on worrying rates of youth suicide”

Wake up and smell the cinnamon

vietnamnews – Update: September, 08/2019 – 08:13
A worker selects cinnamon to put into a package. Photos courtesy of Gia Chính

By Thanh An

Cinnamon might smell like Christmas to many in the West, but to some Vietnamese farmers, it smells like prosperity.

The spice has been long seen by farmers of Phong Dụ Thượng Commune in the northern province of Yên Bái as a path to escaping poverty.

In recent years, demand for cinnamon has become greater than ever and has helped many households in the province’s Văn Yên District get a better life.

Bearing that in mind, the province has developed an organic cinnamon platform, focusing on building an agricultural sustainable chain from this valuable spice. Tiếp tục đọc “Wake up and smell the cinnamon”