Climate talks close with Trump administration on one track, world on another

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The world climate conference ended Friday much the way it began two weeks ago — with the Trump administration bolstering legacy fuels like coal and gas, separating itself from much of the world.

The lone panel sponsored by the U.S. government was interrupted by singing and chanting protesters, who said support for coal power went against the thrust of talks centered on promoting renewable energy and 21st century technology.

The result was a fundamental disconnect at the gathering in Bonn, Germany. Continue reading “Climate talks close with Trump administration on one track, world on another”


Mekong River Facts


Upstream Mekong River changes through dam building and water usage could have serious consequences on downstream environments, in particular the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Considered the rice basket of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is already at grave risk through climate change sea level rise and intense local development. Mekong Delta citizens are concerned about these risks but and are determined to adapt and survive.

The Mekong has many names.


In China, it is known as the Lancang Jiang, meaning ‘turbulent river’. The Thai and the Lao refer to it as Mae Kong or Mae Nam Kong, meaning ‘mother water’. In the delta, where the river splits into multiple branches, the Vietnamese refer to it as Cuu Long, meaning ‘nine dragons’. Continue reading “Mekong River Facts”

Using Remote Sensing to Map Rice Paddy Drop in the Mekong Delta

Gislounge_The Mekong River Delta is an important water source flowing through South East Asia. Primarily feeding the rice fields of Vietnam, the Mekong River Delta has long been an area of great fertility due to water flow and silt build up. However, agricultural efforts in the area have shown a decline in production because of the weather effects of El Niño. This year’s El Niño has been particularly strong, causing droughts in South East Asia.

Satellites including Europe’s Sentinel-1A can now track the rise and fall of different agricultural products around the world. The satellite’s imagery showed that rice production in the Mekong Delta has decreased in the past year, threatening the livelihoods of local farmers as well as food security worldwide. Continue reading “Using Remote Sensing to Map Rice Paddy Drop in the Mekong Delta”

Al Gore Trường hợp lạc quan cho biến đổi khí hậu – The case for optimism on climate change


PM approves climate change, green growth programme

Update: November, 03/2017 – 10:30 vietnamnews

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has green lighted the target programme to cope with climate change and promote green growth during 2016-20. — Photo VGP

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has green lighted the target programme to cope with climate change and promote green growth during 2016-20.

The programme is designed to improve local residents’ abilities to adapt to climate change, boost green growth and transition towards a low-carbon economy. Continue reading “PM approves climate change, green growth programme”

Farmers shift to more resilient crops in the Delta

Update: November, 05/2017 – 09:00 vietnamnews
Wrapped fruit: Bùi Văn Buôn checks on the tứ quý mangoes in his garden in Bến Tre Province. — VNS Photo Hoàng Nguyên

Viet Nam News Beset by climate change impacts, Mekong Delta farmers give up on rice, but the real answer lies in organic farming, experts aver.

By Hoàng Nguyên

MEKONG DELTA – When Bùi Văn Muôn decided to grow tứ quý mango trees 16 years ago, he did not expect the fruit would become a key agricultural crop cultivated to adapt to climate change.

“Back then, when I asked neighbours to buy and plant tứ quý mango trees here, they showed little interest as the fruit tasted a bit sour and they thought it might not fetch good prices in the market,” the 50-year-old farmer in Bến Tre Province recalled. Continue reading “Farmers shift to more resilient crops in the Delta”

ADB loans support green VN cities

Update: November, 03/2017 – 09:00

Repair work is conducted on a drainage system on Điện Biên Phủ Street in central Huế City. About 22km of drainage pipelines in the city are going to be upgraded with financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). — Photo
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved US$170 million in loans to help the Government of Việt Nam upgrade urban infrastructure and address climate change, benefiting about 116,000 households in Huế, Vĩnh Yên, and Hà Giang cities.

“Urbanisation has had a positive impact on Việt Nam’s growth. But many cities, even as they continue to be the centre of economic activities, lack key urban infrastructure services and remain vulnerable to climate change, particularly flooding,” said Satoshi Ishii, a Principal Urban Development Specialist at ADB. Continue reading “ADB loans support green VN cities”

The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming


The UN is warning that we are now on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world

When UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new figure on the table: 3C.

Until now, global efforts such as the Paris climate agreement have tried to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. However, with latest projections pointing to an increase of 3.2C by 2100, these goals seem to be slipping out of reach.

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“[We] still find ourselves in a situation where we are not doing nearly enough to save hundreds of millions of people from a miserable future,” said Erik Solheim, the UN environment chief, ahead of the upcoming Bonn conference.

One of the biggest resulting threats to cities around the world is sea-level rise, caused by the expansion of water at higher temperatures and melting ice sheets on the north and south poles. Continue reading “The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming”

Mekong Delta: Adapt to saltwater intrusion by using aquaculture

Last update 07:40 | 25/10/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Instead of trying to prevent saltwater invasion and desalinizing, it would be better to adapt to the new circumstances and think of developing aquaculture in Mekong Delta, scientists say.vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, Mekong Delta, climate change, rice granary

In the Mekong Delta, one of the largest key agriculture production zones in the country, alkaline soil accounts for 18.6 percent of total area, located along the East Coast belt and the Gulf of Thailand. In the context of climate change, desalinizing is an impossible mission, or will be too costly.

Meanwhile, alum land accounts for 40 percent of the zone’s total area, mostly located in depression areas, where it is very difficult to clear alum. Scientists have warned that saline intrusion would reach more deeply into the mainland in the future as a result of  climate change. Continue reading “Mekong Delta: Adapt to saltwater intrusion by using aquaculture”

Vấn đề nông dân – di cư là… cơ hội của ĐBSCL Chủ Nhật,  15/10/2017, 08:52 (GMT+7)
Dương Văn Ni

ĐBSCL dễ bị tổn thương hơn trước các thiên tai như bão tố, lụt lội. Ảnh: LÊ HOÀNG VŨ

(TBKTSG) – Sự thay đổi cực đoan của các yếu tố thời tiết như nhiệt độ, mưa, gió (biến đổi khí hậu), nước biển dâng và việc các quốc gia phía thượng nguồn sử dụng nguồn nước cho thủy điện, nông nghiệp, công nghiệp đã làm cho đồng bằng sông Cửu Long (ĐBSCL) đối diện thường xuyên với các vấn đề như hạn hán, mặn xâm nhập, ngập lụt, lún sụt mặt đất, thiếu hụt phù sa gây ra sạt lở bờ sông, bờ biển, làm xáo trộn đời sống kinh tế – xã hội và suy thoái tài nguyên thiên nhiên.

Continue reading “Vấn đề nông dân – di cư là… cơ hội của ĐBSCL”

Dân sống thấp thỏm vì… sạt lở

Cập nhật ngày: 23/10/2017 08:56:01

ĐTO – Do ảnh hưởng của thủy triều và tác động của dòng chảy, những ngày qua, tại xã Long Thuận, huyện Hồng Ngự, tình hình sạt lở liên tiếp xảy ra gây thiệt hại về tài sản và xáo trộn đời sống người dân. Nhiều hộ dân sống trong vùng sạt lở lo lắng vì thời điểm mùa mưa lũ, tình trạng sạt lở sẽ càng phức tạp.

Đoạn sạt lở tại đầu đường nhánh Mương Lớn, ấp Long Thạnh, xã Long Thuận

Dự báo thời gian tới, tình hình sạt lở có thể sẽ diễn biến phức tạp, do hiện nay vẫn là thời điểm mùa mưa lũ, nền đất tại các khu vực sạt lở rất mềm, cùng với đó, độ dốc cao và tác động của dòng chảy cũng có khả năng gây ra sạt lở tại các điểm nóng.

Continue reading “Dân sống thấp thỏm vì… sạt lở”

Kịch bản biến đổi khí hậu và nước biển dâng cho Việt Nam năm 2016

Kịch bản biến đổi khí hậu và nước biển dâng cho Việt Nam cung cấp những thông tin cập nhật nhất về đánh giá những biểu hiện, xu thế biến đổi trong quá khứ, kịch bản biến đổi khí hậu và nước biển dâng trong thế kỷ 21 ở Việt Nam. Continue reading “Kịch bản biến đổi khí hậu và nước biển dâng cho Việt Nam năm 2016”

Bio-tech key to climate change response: scientist

Last update 13:00 | 15/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Prof., Dr. Bui Chi Buu, former director of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences for Southern Viet Nam, speaks to Viet Nam News about the agricultural challenges facing the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta and measures to cope with them.  

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Prof Dr Bui Chi Buu, former director of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences for Southern Viet Nam

What challenges does agriculture in the Mekong Delta face today?

There are three major challenges for agricultural production in the Mekong Delta now.

The first is small scale of production as a result of which farmers have disadvantages. Continue reading “Bio-tech key to climate change response: scientist”

Flood death toll rises to 73


Update: October, 16/2017 – 17:00

Search and rescue efforts look for missing people washed away by the flood water in northern Yên Bái Province. – VNA/VNS Photo Thế Duyệt

Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The casualty toll in the devastated flood in Việt Nam’s northern and central regions has increased to 73, whilst another 30 remain missing.

The National Search and Rescue Committee and the Ministry of National Defence’s Department of Rescue on Sunday released the latest joint updates on the disaster that struck and left eight provinces in misery five days ago. Continue reading “Flood death toll rises to 73”