(VOVworld ) - Vietnam continues to be singled out as one of the world's climate change hotspots. With its long coastline and low-lying deltas, researchers warn millions of people in the country are at risk from more frequent and severe storms, drought and sea level rise. Vietnam's economy also stands to be badly affected. The Government is set this year to approve a National Target Plan to respond to climate change. But what can, and is being done, to protect Vietnam's vulnerable communities and development? "If you look at the ten hottest years ever measured, they've all occurred in the last 14 years, and the hottest was 2005. Temperature increases are taking place all over the world, and that's causing stronger storms. This is the biggest crisis in the history of this country.Early this morning, hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans…" The former US Vice President Al Gore grabbed world attention two years ago, with a controversial documentary film about global … [Read more...] about Scenario for climate change response in Vietnam
Climate change how does it affect us
Theres a plan afoot among evolutionary scientists to launch a big new project — to look back in time and find out how climate change over millions of years affected human evolution. A panel of experts from the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., has given its blessing to the plan. They say it could unveil a whole new side of human history. Skeletons currently on display at the National Museum of Natural History: (left to right) Homo erectus, 1 million years old; Australopithecus afarensis, 2.5 million years old; Homo neanderthalensis, 32,000 to 100,000 years old. Researchers are using ancient remains like these to learn more about the effects climate change may have had on evolution. Anthropologist Rick Potts, who heads the human origins department at the SmithsonianMuseum of Natural History, has been pushing the idea that "climate made us" for years. Lately, hes been putting together an exhibit called "What Does It Mean to Be Human?" Among cabinets displaying … [Read more...] about Did Climate Change Drive Human Evolution?
Viet Nam News reporters Minh Thi and Quynh Anh spoke to three experts who have recently returned from the COP 17 Durban climate change talks to see how the outcome will affect Viet Nam's on-going efforts in the fight against climate change. What are the successes of COP 17? Dao Xuan Lai, assistant country director and head of Sustainable Development Cluster, UNDP Viet Nam In my opinion, COP 17 marks another positive step forward thanks to the joint effort of all countries in the fight against climate change. After two weeks of tense negotiations and several all-nighters, more than 190 countries involved in the COP 17 climate change talks finally reached an agreement on a package of measures including a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, the design of a Green Climate Fund, a mandate to get all countries in 2015 to sign a deal that would force them to cut emissions no later than 2020 as well as the work plan for 2012. As for the Green Climate Fund (FCF), unlike other … [Read more...] about VN counts the cost of climate change
The European Union's European Investment Bank (EIB) last week announced a €150 million ($195 million) loan to Vietnam's government to help implement projects to mitigate climate change. EIB vice president Magdalena Álvarez Arza talks with VIR's Thanh Tung more about the bank's objectives in Vietnam. How important is this loan to Vietnam? The EIB, as the EU Bank, is strongly committed to climate change action, as one of the EU's global priorities. This loan is a new milestone in our excellent cooperation with the Vietnamese authorities and I am confident that the investments financed under this framework loan will help promote sustainable and high-quality economic growth in the country. The loan will contribute to environmental sustainability and will make long-term financing available for investments that contribute to climate change mitigation through the avoidance or reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases by the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency … [Read more...] about EIB to turn up the heat on climate change
Outlook (02-02-2007) Wake-up call on climate change by Mai Hien It's no accident that climate change took centre stage at the World Economic Forum held last week in Davos, Switzerland. A poll commissioned by the forum indicated that participants, including political and business leaders, regard climate change as the greatest global impact in the coming years. "It's hard, being in the insurance business, not to reflect on climate change," explained James J Schriro, group chief executive officer and chairman of the … [Read more...] about Wake-up call on climate change