Vietnam province requests relocation of 20,000 houses over riverbank collapse


Updated : 04/26/2017 12:04 GMT + 7

Authorities in the southern Vietnamese province of An Giang have requested the relocation of 20,000 households due to the threat of increasingly serious subsidence along local rivers.

A delegation from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment convened a working session with authorities in An Giang on Tuesday evening, discussing the collapse of the Vam Nao riverbank that sunk at least 14 houses last weekend.

Speaking at the meeting, Tran Dang Duc, director of the An Giang environment department, said that the subsidence had affected an area 70 meters across and 35 meters into the riverbank. Tiếp tục đọc

Chuyên mục buôn lậu: “Tiêu chuẩn kép” ở Việt Nam về buôn lậu ngà voi

English: Exclusive: Vietnam’s ‘double standards’ in ivory trade

Báo cáo của đơn vị điều tra kênh truyền thông Al Jazeer đặt ra câu hỏi về cam kết của Việt nam trong việc ngăn chặn nạn buôn lậu động vật hoang dã

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Đơn vị điều tra Al Jazeera có bằng chứng cho thấy Việt Nam tiếp tục là thị trường lớn cho các sản phẩm bất hợp pháp từ động vật hoang dã, mặc dù Hà Nội đã tuyên bố cam kết giải quyết vấn đề này.

Kết quả điều tra được đưa ra ít ngày trước khi các quốc gia Đông Nam Á tổ chức hội thảo quốc tế về việc ngăn chặn nạn buôn bán bất hợp pháp.
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Hà Nội inagurates first waste-to-energy plant


Update: April, 24/2017 – 18:45

The NEDO Factory, the first industrial waste-to-energy facility, is considered a pioneering project of Việt Nam’s industrial waste treatment industry.—VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Khánh

HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội on Monday inaugurated its first industrial waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Nam Sơn Waste Treatment Complex, supplying electricity to the national power grid.The plant, the first of its kind in Việt Nam, completed its first production batch of 1.93MW of electricity on March 16, of which 1.2 MW was successfully connected to the national power grid. The remaining power was used for the factory’s production. Tiếp tục đọc

Vòng đeo hạt rừng từ vườn Núi Chúa

01/04/2017 12:38 GMT+7

TTO – Mùa khô ở Vườn quốc gia (VQG) Núi Chúa, lá cây không rụng mà khọp lại, giòn rụm. Lách qua bụi mọc xen đá núi, những người phụ nữ Raglai dang nắng đi lượm hạt rừng với giá 25.000 đồng/kg.

Vòng đeo hạt rừng từ vườn Núi Chúa
Chị Biểu (trái) có tay nghề khoan, xỏ hạt cây rừng giỏi nhất thôn Cầu Gãy. Chế tác từ hạt cây rừng là một phần nguồn sống mỗi ngày của gia đình chị và 26 chị em trong thôn – Ảnh: T.HÂN
“Tôi nghĩ sản phẩm này có tương lai vì mang đậm bản sắc địa phương. Vĩnh Hy, Hang Rái là những địa điểm du lịch nổi tiếng, chỉ cần 10% du khách đến đây mua sản phẩm là cộng đồng đủ sống

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HCM City residents plagued by overloaded dumps

Last update 11:57 | 21/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City faces a shortage of garbage collection stations, with empty pavements in public areas often used as makeshift stations.

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A garbage collection station in District 3 of HCM City. 

At the collection stations, rubbish is collected, sorted for disposal and then transferred to dumping sites or treatment zones, but these unhygienic tasks have been performed in public areas.

Meanwhile, current garbage stations are dilapidated and overloaded, polluting the environment and becoming a nightmare for those living nearby.

A garbage collection station located at the Quang Trung-Tan Son Intersection in Go Vap District is an example. The station has become a nightmare for local people, including hundreds of students and teachers from the school nearby.

Le Van Truc, resident in Ward 8, told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper that the garbage collection station was built ten years ago, causing a terrible odour and traffic chaos.

He said locals asked authorised agencies to move the station, but received no reply.

In the area near September 23 Park in District 1, three stations plague the downtown area of the city. The one on Hai Ba Trung Road has become overloaded due to the large amount of rubbish collected from Ben Nghe and Ben Thanh wards.

Pham Le Nghia, resident in Ben Nghe Ward, said garbage was collected twice a day. Tiếp tục đọc

Shrimp waste used to make animal feed, biological derivatives

Last update 10:15 | 16/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Shrimp waste – heads and shells – are being used to produce animal feed and biological derivatives, resulting in high profits and a reduction of air pollution at processing plants. 

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Six years ago in Ca Mau province, the ‘metropolis’ of the aquaculture and seafood processing industry, shrimp shells discharged from processing were in piles as high as a mountain.

Every day, Minh Phu Seafood JSC threw away 50-100 tons of shrimp heads and shells. The mountain of shrimp waste produced a bad odor after being exposed to the sun and rain.

This prompted Hoang Viet Tung, a member of the board of directors of VNF, to draw up a plan to take advantage of the waste. He signed contracts with large seafood companies on buying shrimp waste from them.

VNF collects more than 100 tons of waste products every day. The company undertakes all the steps of the waste collection process to ensure quality and hygiene of the waste.

Shrimp waste – heads and shells – are being used to produce animal feed and biological derivatives, resulting in high profits and a reduction of air pollution at processing plants

In the past, shrimp heads and shells thrown on the ground contained impurities. Now, VNF sets up conveyor belts to put shrimp waste into tanks.

With the belts, VNF can collect shrimp heads and shells just 30 minutes after the waste is split from seafood processing factories. The biggest value is that it can help settle environmental problems using high technology. Tiếp tục đọc

Locals barricade road to save environment in southern Vietnam

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 04/20/2017 11:04 GMT + 7

Residents in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau have blocked a local road as a last resort in their battle against the damage and pollution caused by trucks traveling to and from a nearby port.

The barricade first went up around 8:30 am on Wednesday, when residents living along the road leading to the Duc Hanh Inland Port in Tan Phuoc Commune, Tan Thanh District decided they had finally had enough.

Their efforts proved successful and local vehicles were completely unable to enter the port, leading to serious congestion in the area. Tiếp tục đọc

Construction of Masan’s $44mn pig farm ceases in central Vietnam


Updated : 04/20/2017 18:00 GMT + 7

The pig farm developed by Masan Nutri – Farm Company, a Masan Group subsidiary, is being built in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An.

The construction of a VND1 trillion (US$44.2 million) pig farm being built by Vietnamese food producer Masan Group has been suspended in the north-central province of Nghe An due to a lack of legitimate paperwork.

Following a directive from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Nghe An People’s Committee on Wednesday ordered that construction on the project be ceased.

The developer, Masan Nutri-Farm Company, a subsidiary of Masan Group, was found to be executing the project without an approved environmental impact assessment report from competent authorities. Tiếp tục đọc

Central highlands province issues strictures against management failures


Update: April, 20/2017 – 14:00
A forest in Đăk Nông Province under the protection of a forestry company tasked by the local government was devastated, either by illegal logging or conversion into farmland. — Photo

ĐẮK NÔNG — The Đắk Nông Provincial Inspection Committee today issued strictures following the results of its investigation into management violations committed by a number of the province’s officials.

According to the committee’s reports, the Party Branch of Đức Hoà Forestry JSC and its secretary Phạm Đình Dũng, during eight years, from 2008 to 2016, “have failed to complete the task of leading forest protection and management efforts that the province’s leaders have assigned,” allowing rampant encroachment upon protected forest land over a long period. Tiếp tục đọc

ASEAN Could Take Lead on Plastic Crisis in Asia

Asia Foundation

April 19, 2017

By John J. Brandon

April 22 marks Earth Day around the globe. I was in 8th grade when Earth Day was first commemorated in 1970, and to mark the day, I participated in annual trash clean-up events at my school. At that time, my world was pretty much the town where I grew up in New Jersey and I didn’t think very much about the rest of the world, I just wanted my neighborhood to be clean. But eight years later, my world expanded when I went to live and work in Bangkok. I vividly remember being struck by the amount of plastic bags, bottles, and wrapping on the streets and in the city’s once-many canals. Now, after four decades of traveling in Southeast Asia, I have witnessed the plague of the plastic bag across pretty much every major city in the region.

Manila Bay garbage

A polluted Manila Bay. It is estimated that some plastic products take more than 400 years to decompose, especially in deep waters. Photo/Flickr user Adam Cohn

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Three titanium companies ordered to stop operations

Last update 17:46 | 17/04/2017
Three titanium companies ordered to stop operations

VietNamNet Bridge – The central province’s environmental department has ordered three titanium exploitation companies to suspend operations, which have continued for the last three years despite expired licences.

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Illegal sand mining taking place near the Phu Ngoc Bridge lying between Nhon Khanh and Nhon Phuc districts of An Nhon Township, Binh Dinh Province. — Photo

The three companies – My Tai Co Ltd, Tan Phat Co Ltd and Ban Mai Production & Commerce Co Ltd – were only granted permission by the province’s People’s Committee to carry out mining activities until the end of 2013, according to Huynh Quang Vinh, deputy head of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE). Tiếp tục đọc

PM halts US$10.6 billion steel plant


Update: April, 17/2017 – 09:00

The 3D image of the Hoa Sen Cà Ná Steel plant in the south-central province of Ninh Thuận. — Photo

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has halted construction of the US$10.6-billion Hoa Sen Cà Ná steel plant in south-central Ninh Thuận Province, while requiring more studies to be completed on the consumer demand and the environmental impact of the plant.

A statement from the Government Office has cited Phúc as saying that the preparations for the project had been too “hasty” and had only provided a preliminary assessment. Tiếp tục đọc


UNICEF Viet Nam – Xuất bản 27 thg 3, 2017

Hãy cùng chúng tôi hưởng ứng #NgayNuocTheGioi – bằng cách cùng nhìn lại chiến dịch #Nofilter, một chiến dịch truyền thông nhằm nâng cao nhận thức về hậu quả của biến đổi khí hậu. Thông qua loạt ảnh chụp trẻ em Việt Nam được tráng rửa theo cách thủ công và truyền thống (sử dụng film, nước và phòng tối), nhưng với nguồn nước ô nhiễm từ sông hồ gần nơi các em sống. Những bức ảnh bị hư hại nặng nề cũng chính là câu trả lời cho việc biến đổi khí hậu ảnh hưởng thế nào đến sức khỏe và sự phát triển của con em chúng ta.


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Massive mound of garbage collapses in Sri Lanka, killing 20

japan times

AP Apr 16, 2017

The collapse of a massive garbage mound near Sri Lanka’s capital has killed at least 20 people, officials said on Sunday, and residents feared more victims could be buried underneath the debris. Tiếp tục đọc

Scientists propose ‘breeding’ artificial beach in Nha Trang


Updated : 04/14/2017 20:05 GMT + 7

Scientists at the Vietnam National Institute of Oceanography (VNIO) have concluded a two-year study on ‘breeding’ artificial beaches in coastal Nha Trang City for tourist activities.

The study, submitted this month to the Department of Science and Technology of Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam, looked at possible locations in Nha Trang where new, artificial beaches can be created, as well as preservation solutions for the city’s existing natural beaches.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Hong Long, a former VNIO president who led the study, the research was aided by Japanese experts with experience in the field. Tiếp tục đọc