Flood death toll rises to 73

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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

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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”

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Air quality getting worse as legal loopholes still exists

Last update 14:17 | 11/10/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The air pollution in Vietnam is increasing in urban areas and industrial zones, mostly due to legal loopholes. 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, air pollution, MONRE, Hanoi

The air quality measured at different monitoring stations in Hanoi and HCMC has been continuously ‘unhealthy’.

At 8am on October 6, the air quality index (AQI) measured at the US Embassy area in Hanoi was 126, meaning it is ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’. Continue reading “Air quality getting worse as legal loopholes still exists”

Factories secretly dump wastewater into heavily polluted Ho Chi Minh City canal

The Ba Bo Canal has varied in color from murky to foamy since 2003

By Tuoi Tre News

October 10, 2017, 18:00 GMT+7

Factories secretly dump wastewater into heavily polluted Ho Chi Minh City canal
A section of the Ba Bo Canal that runs through Provincial Highway No. 43 in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, is filled with white foam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Factories in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring Binh Duong Province have secretly been dumping industrial wastewater into an already seriously contaminated canal, leaving local officials scratching their heads.

The heavily polluted Ba Bo Canal, which snakes along from Binh Duong Province, approximately 30km from Ho Chi Minh City, to the southern hub’s Thu Duc District, has been a serious issue for a decade.

The water’s condition has remained mostly unchanged despite a costly project to ‘clean’ the channel that began in 2008. Continue reading “Factories secretly dump wastewater into heavily polluted Ho Chi Minh City canal”

Man responsible for deforestation arrested

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Update: October, 10/2017 – 15:00

As many as 61ha of natural forest in An Lão District was totally destroyed. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
Viet Nam News BÌNH ĐỊNH — The general director of Thương Thảo Joint Stock Company, Lê Văn Thiệt, was placed under temporary detention for investigation into deforestation activities, the police of central Bình Định Province said.

Thiệt will remain in custody for four months. Continue reading “Man responsible for deforestation arrested”

Nóng bỏng chuyện đấu giá gỗ cao su

Trong khi giá mủ cao su đang lên dần, thì giá gỗ cao su cũng không ngừng tăng sau khi Thủ tướng ra lệnh đóng hoàn toàn việc khai thác gỗ rừng tự nhiên. Tình trạng khan hiếm nguồn gỗ nguyên liệu cho công nghiệp chế biến, xuất khẩu khiến việc lùng mua và các chiêu trò can thiệp vào những phiên đấu giá gỗ cao su trở nên phức tạp, nhộn nhạo chưa từng có.

Khai thác gỗ cao su ở huyện Krông Nô tỉnh Đắk Nông

Continue reading “Nóng bỏng chuyện đấu giá gỗ cao su”

Sesan dam goes online, while PM dismisses environmental concerns

A worker stands in front of the Lower Sesan II Dam as it was put online yesterday in Stung Treng province. The controversial hydropower structure is expected to provide a boost to the Kingdom’s electricity supply but is also expected to cause significant damage to fisheries.

A worker stands in front of the Lower Sesan II Dam as it was put online yesterday in Stung Treng province. The controversial hydropower structure is expected to provide a boost to the Kingdom’s electricity supply but is also expected to cause significant damage to fisheries. Hong Menea
Tue, 26 September 2017

The floodgates of the largest and most controversial dam project in the country’s history officially closed yesterday at an inauguration ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who took aim at environmentalists, ambassadors and NGOs in a wide-ranging speech.

During his one-hour address, the prime minister said the Lower Sesan II Dam, near the border with Laos in Stung Treng province, would lower electricity costs and put the Kingdom on its way to hooking up every village in the country to the electricity grid by 2022. Continue reading “Sesan dam goes online, while PM dismisses environmental concerns”

Death by dam for the Mekong

Laos’ Pak Beng dam, developed by China and supported by Thailand, has divided riparian nations over how best to manage the river’s resources

Chiang Khong, September 14, 2017 4:46 PM (UTC+8)

Water levels run low on the Mekong River. Photo: AFP Forum/Paritta Wangkiat

Water levels run low on the Mekong River. Photo: AFP Forum/Paritta Wangkiat

Vietnam to launch tours through Son Doong Cave as controversial ladder installation backed

Oxalis has been allowed to take tourists through Son Doong from entrance to exit from 2018

By Tuoi Tre News

October 7, 2017, 15:01 GMT+7

Vietnam to launch tours through Son Doong Cave as controversial ladder installation backed
The ladder at the ‘Vietnamese Wall’ inside Son Doong. Photo: Oxalis
Quang Binh authorities have finally approved a plan to install a ladder inside the north-central province’s famous Son Doong Cave, allowing tourists to explore through out the world’s biggest natural cave instead of returning to exit after reaching its end.

The Quang Binh administration has green-lighted the ‘ladder solution’ despite widely objections that it may destroy the stalactites that are millions of years old inside Son Doong. Continue reading “Vietnam to launch tours through Son Doong Cave as controversial ladder installation backed”

Eco-tourism should not destroy biodiversity: experts

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Update: October, 06/2017 – 09:00

Tourists go kayaking on Chày River in the Phong Nha – Kẻ Bàng National Park in Quảng Bình Province. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Instead of being wary about investors, tourism management authorities should collaborate with them in preserving the natural environment, says Dr Nguyễn Hoàng Trí, Secretary of the National Committee for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) in Việt Nam.

With about 2.3 million hectares of special use forests (SUF), 31 national parks and 68 natural reserves, and dozens of other forests, Việt Nam is seen as a prime eco-tourism destination.

However, rapid and haphazard development of tourism infrastructure in natural reserves and SUFs in the last few years has raised concerns that development was taking place at the expense of the environment. Continue reading “Eco-tourism should not destroy biodiversity: experts”

Ministries want to recycle coal power waste

Last update 15:47 | 06/10/2017

The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Construction hold a conference about recycling ash and slag waste from coal power plants as construction materials for the Mekong Delta on October 3.

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Mai Xanh Company recycle waste as construction materials.

Vietnam has 21 coal power plants and it will have 57 plants by 2030 in accordance with the electric planning approved by the prime minister on March 18, 2016. Continue reading “Ministries want to recycle coal power waste”

Bird watching in Thung Nham bird sanctuary

Last update 09:00 | 04/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – For those who love nature and adventurous bird watching trips, Thung Nham (Birds valley) in Ninh Binh is the best place for your experience while traveling to Hanoi. Besides watching birds, you can also explore the caves in the mountains as well as visit orchard of tropical fruits, including star fruit, mangoes, guavas and lychees.

Thung Nham (Nham Valley) eco-tourism zone is located in Hoa Lu District, 12km south of Ninh Binh City (100km from Hanoi), deep in the mountains and far from residential area. The 350ha park has been developed for tourism but still retains its natural beauty. Continue reading “Bird watching in Thung Nham bird sanctuary”

Tourism firm fined for encroaching on Nha Trang Bay

Last update 15:46 | 06/10/2017

Champarama Travel Joint Stock Company have been fined VND70 million (USD3,200) for encroaching upon Nha Trang Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

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Champarama Travel JS Company poured stone and soil into Nha Trang Bay to absorb over 17,500 square metres 

According to Khanh Hoa Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, local authorities have decided to fine the company a total VND105 million (USD4,772) for its violations. Continue reading “Tourism firm fined for encroaching on Nha Trang Bay”

Vietnam’s Social Media Shaping New Environmentalism

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Social media is proving its important role in promoting environmental awareness to the young generation in Vietnam and throughout SE Asia Credit: Judith Scharnowski

By James Borton

Can Tho, Vietnam, June 14, 2017

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“I am frequently on several environmental online forums and campaigns led by Vietnamese, who have addressed Hanoi’s logging of 6,700 trees, the Thai Binh deforestation for economic development, and the construction in Cat Ba,” says Tran Thi Thuy Binh, a member of the Vietnam Forum for Environmental Journalists in Hanoi. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Social Media Shaping New Environmentalism”

New project to preserve ancient red pine trees in Quang Ninh

Last update 11:38 | 03/10/2017

The Prime Minister has approved a project to preserve ancient red pine trees at the Yen Tu National Forest in Uong Bi city of the northern province of Quang Ninh.

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The ancient red pine trees at the Yen Tu National Forest in Quang Ninh province (Photo: http://www.laodong.vn)

The project will be implemented at a cost of about 26.26 billion VND (1.16 million USD) in 2017-2021.

The funding will be used to care for the 237 living red pine trees, upgrade infrastructure of existing nursery gardens, cultivate seedlings of the species and collect red pine trees that grow in the wild. Continue reading “New project to preserve ancient red pine trees in Quang Ninh”

Local protest against steel plant

Last update 14:03 | 04/10/2017

Local people in Quang Nam Province have gathered again and demanded to relocate the Vietnam-France Steel Plant due to pollution.

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Locals camp out the at the factory

The locals in Dien Nam Dong Ward, Dien Ban Town have put up tents and blocked the entrance to the plant for the past three months. Old people stay out during the day and young people sleep in the tents at night. They are determined to shut down the plant in the area.

According to the locals, since the factory went into operation five years ago, it has caused air and noise pollution. The local authorities promised to work out a solution but nothing has been done and the plant is still in operation. Continue reading “Local protest against steel plant”