Malaysia moves to reap the benefits of processing global plastic waste

channelnewsasia Dec. 30, 2018
After China shut its doors to the world’s plastic waste, Malaysia became a go-to destination for some countries looking to get rid of their trash.

Malaysia plastic waste Chiam Yan Tuan

Kuala Langat resident Ngoo Kwi Hong showing a photo of when she was hospitalised for breathing difficulties, together with the assortment of medicine she’s had to buy. (Photo: Aqil Haziq Mahmud)

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How environmental pollution is ruining the Mekong Delta

Last update 16:59 | 23/09/2017

The Mekong Delta is a land carpeted in endless shades of greens, a magical water world that is being destroyed by climate change and environmental pollution, says the Vietnam Environment Administration.

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Some 20 million people call the Mekong Delta home, and 60 million are dependent on the natural environment of river system for their livelihoods, says the Environment Administration. Tiếp tục đọc “How environmental pollution is ruining the Mekong Delta”

Half of industrial clusters in Hà Nội lack waste treatment plant

vietnamnews Update: September, 19/2017 – 15:14

Untreated waste water from the Triều Khúc Village, which specialises in recycling plastic in Thanh Trì District’s Tân Triều Commune, is discharged directly into the ponds and canals, polluting the water sources and emitting a foul smell. – VNA/VNS Photo Minh Nghĩa

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — As many as 19 of the 43 industrial clusters in the capital city of Hà Nội do not have waste water treatment plants, an inspection by the municipal People’s Council has found. Tiếp tục đọc “Half of industrial clusters in Hà Nội lack waste treatment plant”

Indonesians take ‘concrete stand’ against cement plant


Farmers in Indonesia are resorting to extreme measures of protest to show the government how the construction of a cement factory will paralyse their lives.

Sticking their feet in cement and thus unable to move for days, the women behind the rallies are called the Kartinis of Kendeng – named after Indonesia’s most famous female fighter for women’s rights, Raden Adjeng Kartini.

The women say that cement factories built in the Karst Mountains in central Java will ruin their land and pollute their water-supply and irrigation systems.

“I will fight to my last drop of blood because our ancestors fought for this land for hundreds of years, and that’s why we now can enjoy the water and the fruits from this land,” Sukinah, a protest leader, said.

“We won’t allow it to disappear like that.”

Women say cement factories built in Karst Mountains will ruin their land [Bagus Indahono/EPA]

Kendeng Mountain is a part of the Karst Mountains that contains not only springs and underground rivers but also chalk that is used in the production of cement.

While smaller companies have been mining here for years, now larger ones are coming.

But the legal battle is ongoing.

READ MORE: Indonesian tribes rally for land rights

One factory was due to start production last November, until the Supreme Court revoked its permit, saying the company’s environmental programme was unclear.

The state governor re-issued the permit after PT Semen Indonesia nearly halved the area it planned to mine. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesians take ‘concrete stand’ against cement plant”

Urban water pumping raises arsenic risk in Southeast Asia

River water is now flowing into aquifers through highly contaminated sediments

Mason Stahl tests arsenic concentrations in slow-moving water along the edge of the Red River near Hanoi, Vietnam.

High concentrations of arsenic are making their way from the Red River into aquifers near Hanoi, Vietnam, a new study shows. Mason Stahl tests water at the river’s edge where sediment is being deposited. Photo: Courtesy of Mason Stahl – Large-scale groundwater pumping is opening doors for dangerously high levels of arsenic to enter some of Southeast Asia’s aquifers, with water now seeping in through riverbeds with arsenic concentrations more than 100 times the limits of safety, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, MIT, and Hanoi University of Science. Tiếp tục đọc “Urban water pumping raises arsenic risk in Southeast Asia”

Can we harness bacteria to help clean up future oil spills?

theconversation – In 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. The spill caused widespread damage to marine species, fisheries and ecosystems stretching from tidal marshes to the deep ocean floor.
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Pollution alarm sounded as sea cucumbers stranded on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island


Updated : 09/21/2015 11:52 GMT + 7


Dead sea cucumbers are seen on the seashore on Phu Quoc Island, off Kien Giang Province, located in southern Vietnam.
Thousands of sea cucumbers were washed up on the beach of Phu Quoc Island over the weekend, raising concern among experts that the ecosystem of the famous Vietnamese tourist destination is at risk of severe pollution.

On Saturday, locals and visitors were surprised to see thousands of the marine animals pushed ashore and fill the beach on Phu Quoc, a district administered by the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang. Tiếp tục đọc “Pollution alarm sounded as sea cucumbers stranded on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island”

11 Facts About Pollution

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Policy: Four gaps in China’s new environmental law

Bo Zhang & Cong Cao

21 January 2015

Implementation and accountability will remain challenging, especially at the local level, warn Bo Zhang and Cong Cao.

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Nature – A resident of China’s Hubei province clears the Fuhe river of dead fish, thought to have been poisoned by high levels of ammonia.

On 1 January, a new environmental protection law (EPL) took effect in China. It is the nation’s first attempt to harmonize economic and social development with environmental protection.

The EPL is perceived as the most progressive and stringent law in the history of environmental protection in China. It details harsher penalties for environmental offences — for example, for acts of tampering and falsifying data, discharging pollutants covertly and evading supervision. It contains provisions for tackling pollution, raising public awareness and protecting whistle-blowers. It places more responsibility and accountability on local governments and law-enforcement agencies and sets higher standards for enterprises. Tiếp tục đọc “Policy: Four gaps in China’s new environmental law”