Adam Ward, Country Representative of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Vietnam (left) and Kate Bronstein, Research Environmental Engineer from RTI International. Air pollution is a mixture of small particles and gases – some we can see and some we can’t. Vietnam’s major cities are gravely affected by poor air quality; indeed, Hanoi was ranked second worst for air quality in the Southeast Asian region in 2018 by Air Visual. Situation in Vietnam When we talk about air pollution, we are referring to: particulate matter 10 micrometers or less in diameter (PM10), PM2.5, black carbon, nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3), and volatile organic carbons (VOCs). Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City regularly exceed the safe World Health Organization (WHO) limit for air pollution such as PM2.5 and PM10. So, what is causing this poor air? This has been attributed to five main drivers, including coal power, heavy industry (such as cement … [Read more...] about Tackling Vietnam’s air pollution
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Can Tho, the fourth largest city in Vietnam and the largest city in the Mekong Delta, has a comprehensive Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) in place, which prioritizes the monitoring of air quality and reduction of its major sources of emission, particularly transportation and industrial operations. Photo for illustration: tinmoitruong.vn “The Clean Air Action Plan will guide the City People’s Committee in managing air quality to improve the people’s quality of life, protect the city’s environment, comply with the requirements for clean air and sustainable urban transportation, and strengthen the city’s resilience to climate change,” said Mr. Dao Anh Dung, Vice Chairman of the Can Tho City People’s Committee during the launch and handover ceremony of CAAP from Clean Air Asia and Vietnam Environment Agency to Can Tho City. Noted as the first clean air action plan for the city, it was approved by the Can Tho City People’s … [Read more...] about WHO commends Can Tho’s commitment to tackling air pollution
The smartphone market share in 2018 The Gioi Di Dong and FPT, two of three biggest hi-tech product distributors, will bear little impact from the ban on Huawei because Huawei products account for 4-6 percent of total revenue, while Digiworld will actually benefit, according to VnDirect Securities. Huawei’s smartphone products accounted for about 4 percent of Vietnamese market share, or VND2.65 trillion in 2018. The strength of the Chinese phone brand is not too high and people will shift to use other mid-end brands. For The Gioi Di Dong and FPT Retail, the sales of Huawei products account for 4-6 percent of their total sales. Since there are a lot of alternative products, the ban on Huawei won’t lead to a sharp fall in the retailers’ revenue. However, both of them face risk from inventories, and the sale of Huawei products on installment. There are two major scenarios. First, Huawei and partners will share the costs to deal with inventory by slashing selling … [Read more...] about Are Huawei’s troubles affecting Digiworld, The Gioi Di Dong, FPT Retail?
Both geologically and geographically, the Tu Chinh-Vung May (Vanguard-Rifleman) banks belong to Vietnam's continental shelf, Associate Professor Nguyen Chu Hoi, former deputy head of the Vietnam Administration of Sea and Islands, said at a conference in Hanoi Monday. The continental shelf refers to ledges projecting from the land into and under the sea, and the basic principle is that it is a continuation of land territory into the sea. As such, it is not geographically a part of Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands, Hoi said. He explained that geographically, there exists a large trench running along the northeast-southwest axis in the deep-water structure of the East Sea. Upon reaching the waters off Da Nang, it runs parallel to Vietnam's coast before running northeast toward Scarborough Shoal and into the Pacific Ocean. This trench therefore separates the Spratly Islands from Vietnam's continental shelf, where the Vanguard and Rifleman banks are, Hoi added. He added that the … [Read more...] about Vanguard Bank an extension of Vietnam’s land mass, beyond dispute: experts
A scene of “Chasing Coral” (Source: VietnamPlus) – The European Union (EU) Delegation on October 3 hosted a free screening of the movie “Chasing Coral”, aiming to raise public awareness of the severe impact of climate change. As part of the activities within the EU Climate Diplomacy Week 2019, the event was held back-to-back with a ceremony organised by the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to reward the winners of a photo competition promoting climate action, in collaboration with the French Development Agency (AFD) and the EU. Around 200 youngsters attended the movie screening, 150 of them students from universities in Hanoi. In his remarks, Giorgio Aliberti, head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, said: “We chose the movie because not only it’s an interesting documentary which showcases the underwater world, but also sends a strong message on the negative impact of climate change. It is also in line with the growing … [Read more...] about EU aims to raise public awareness of climate change impact in Vietnam