Dang Hung Vo, former Deputy Minister of Vietnam's Natural Resources and Environment There is a Vietnamese folk tale about an old couple who lived in northern Vietnam for 30 years, overcoming together two big storms and five big floods. Though it is a folk tale, its details are drawn from true experiences of northerners. In the modern world, that tale can never be true. The north and north central regions just suffered two storms in two consecutive months, Son Tinh in July and Bebinca in August. The two entered Vietnam almost on the same route, triggering heavy rains in the entire northern and central northern regions, leading to flashfloods and landslides in the northern uplands and then serious flooding in the capital city of Hanoi. Those days when it was raining cats and dogs in Hanoi, I was stuck at home. I could not even call a cab and even if I could, traffic was paralyzed because of the floods. Those days, I slept on many thoughts. I watched TV to catch up on news about the two … [Read more...] about In Vietnam and elsewhere, ‘disaster capitalism’ is at play
Disasters caused by greenhouse gases
Greenhouse gases that cause climate change have reached record levels in the atmosphere and show no sign of receding, despite global awareness of the need to switch to alternative energy sources, the United Nations weather agency said on Monday. In its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the World Meteorological Organization said carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide were now more prevalent in the atmosphere than at any time since the industrial revolution. The warming effect caused by greenhouse gases -- the net amount of radiation coming into the atmosphere -- has increased by 29 percent since 1990 and 1.4 percent from 2009 to 2010, the last year for which data is available, the WMO said. Last week U.N. scientists said this century will see more intense heatwaves, droughts, floods and storms because of the globally warming climate. The WMO report measures the overall amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, based on monitoring stations in more than 50 countries. That means … [Read more...] about Greenhouse gases levels at record, accelerating
Vietnam is regarded as one of the countries in the world strongly affected by climate change. Therefore, in the strategic policies on climate change, Vietnam always pays attention to and responses to climate change adaptation and mitigation. At the 7th plenary session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party, a resolution on "actively respond to climate change, strengthening resource management and environmental protection" has been approved. The National Strategy on Climate Change confirmed the target that "strengthening climate change adaptation, developing low carbon economy in protecting and improving the quality of life, security and sustainable development in the context of global climate change and actively cooperating with the international community to protect the Earth's climate system" According to Dr. Tran Thuc, director of the Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment, excessive emissions release of greenhouse gases by economic activities is cause of … [Read more...] about Greenhouse gas emissions reduction – a key task
There has been no reverse in the trend of global warming and there is still consistent evidence for man-made climate change, the head of the U.N. World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Monday. A slow-down in the average pace of warming at the planet's surface this century has been cited by "climate skeptics" as evidence that climate change is not happening at the potentially catastrophic rate predicted by a U.N. panel of scientists. But U.N. weather agency chief Michel Jarraud said ocean temperatures, in particular, were rising fast, and extreme weather events, forecast by climate scientists, showed climate change was inevitable for the coming centuries. "There is no standstill in global warming," Jarraud said as he presented the WMO's annual review of the world's climate which concluded that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth hottest year since 1850 when recording of annual figures began. "The warming of our oceans has accelerated, and at lower depths. More than 90 … [Read more...] about Global warming not stopped, will go on for centuries: WMO
The millions upon millions of gallons of oil hemorrhaging into the Gulf of Mexico every day is a crude reminder of the many ways humans are fouling the planet. As forests are cleared, cities and suburbs paved and expanded, as the air and sea warm and become increasingly polluted with cancer-causing chemicals and garbage, and with species dropping like flies, the planet's health is being challenged in ways that have not occurred in its entire 4.5-billion-year existence. Can Earth survive? The simple answer is a resounding "yes." When humans are gone, as the fossil record suggests will happen eventually, Earth will clean itself up and take on yet another new look, just as it has done many times in the past. In many ways, Earth's existence has been tested far more dramatically in the past than by anything humans have thrown at it. From its origins as a giant lava ball to an epoch that engulfed the entire planet in ice a mile deep, this planet has seen it all. Our planet was even … [Read more...] about Can Earth survive?