Plastic pollution: How one woman found a new source of warming gases hidden in waste It's your classic movie eureka moment. Young researcher Sarah-Jeanne Royer set out to measure methane gas coming from biological activity in sea water. Sarah-Jeanne Royer with some of the plastic she's studied -- Photo: IPRC Instead, in a "happy accident" she found that the plastic bottles holding the samples were a bigger source of this powerful warming molecule than the bugs in the water. Now she's published further details in a study into the potential warming impact of gases seeping from plastic waste. 'Medical test led me to ocean plastic patch' "Some members of the lab were experimenting with high density polyethylene bottles looking at methane biological production, but the concentrations were much higher than expected." "So we realised that the emissions were not just coming from the biology but from the bottle that we were using for the experiment." After graduating from … [Read more...] about Plastic pollution: How one woman found a new source of warming gases hidden in waste
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Viet Nam News “So your aunt and I will be gone for a few weeks. You’ll take care of the shop. In the evening Vân will be home and review the day’s trade. Don’t worry about business. You’re better off here anyway, because you don’t have anything else to do while waiting for a job offer other than wandering around inhaling traffic smoke or sitting at cafes ogling unemployed girls in short skirts and high heels. It wouldn’t be fun. You’d better look after the shop for us, or else we’ll have to close it and lose customers. Look, we can’t let customers walk away. Is there any house on the street in this whole city that isn’t used as a shop? We have to sell things. Everything. This big market which is our city is perhaps one of a kind in the world. In other cities people set aside a little land for gardens and lawns and green trees. They sell things in separate zones. But here we’re filled with shops. Which is very … [Read more...] about Crossing the street alone
VietNamNet Bridge – Whatever the merits or demerits of the recent brouhaha over a PhD dissertation, the time is opportune to take a seriously critical look at some post-graduate academic practices and “traditions” in the country. While this topic merits a PhD thesis (and more) on its own, it is pertinent to highlight some problematic salient features, given that a failure to address them urgently will have far-reaching negative consequences. It would qualitatively weaken Viet Nam’s efforts to further its international integration process, not to mention deepen a crisis of confidence in the nation’s higher education system. The doctoral dissertation that attracted the latest controversy was titled “Letter Art in Book Cover Designs in Viet Nam in the 2005-15 period (literal translation).” It was authored by a post-graduate … [Read more...] about PhDs in Vietnam: Just what does the doctor order?
Doing the right things for long-term sustainability Jeremy Rowe, Managing Director of AkzoNobel Decorative Paints of South East Asia and Pacific, was in HCMC earlier this month to launch the "I Love My City" campaign - part of the program Step Towards Greener. This campaign was initiated by AkzoNobel Vietnam as part of its holistic sustainability agenda. In an interview with The Saigon Times Daily, he shared AkzoNobel's views on sustainable business and AkzoNobel's globally-recognized efforts to achieve this goal. Excerpts: - Jeremy Rowe: When we look at the world, we recognize the world is in trouble particularly in terms of environment. We are compelled to do what we can to protect the environment and the community. This is what we at AkzoNobel are doing. When we look at the people we work with and serve, our consumers and suppliers, do they also want us to do the right thing? The answer is yes. So we try to be responsible for water, energy, waste … to make our products and … [Read more...] about Doing the right things for long-term sustainability
Viet Nam News The Government late last month announced the results of a preliminary investigation into the massive fish deaths in four central provinces of Việt Nam, with Formosa being the culprit. In the time to come, much remains to be done to clean up the sea environment and support those whose lives depend on it. Viet Nam News talks to officials, scientists and a representative of fishermen about this issue. How do we guarantee that Formosa will do what it has committed to do to fix the damages? I think that we have many reasons to believe that Formosa (FHS) will comply with its commitments. Firstly, the Vietnamese Government has expressed its determination not to trade off the environment for economic interests. The Prime Minister also confirmed the Government would shut down FHS if it lets a similar incident happen again. We also have quite a strict legal system on environmental protection, which is enough to deter and punish any organisation or individual causing harm to … [Read more...] about Stop polluting the water for the sea to recover