Waterways face environmental pressures (29-01-2007) A proliferation of docks on the Sai Gon River are one of the reasons the waterway is so polluted, according to officials. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Phan HCM City — Domestic and industrial waste have been severely polluting river systems in the southern provinces, experts have warned. The increase in waste pouring into the rivers has placed greater ecological pressure on the systems and has led to a shortage in usable clean water. The southern area is one of the most dynamic development regions in the country, and an engine for sustained growth. However, observers have called for more to be done to curb increases in the volume and assortment of new chemicals and waste that are finding their way into tributaries. Dr Lam Minh Triet, a researcher at the National University in HCM City said that the public had been abusing the country's river systems in general, and the Dong Nai River in particular. "These actions have put … [Read more...] about Waterways face environmental pressures
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(VEN) - Pausing his thriving businesses, Tran Van Kieu decided to study waste treatment. After two years of hard work he has launched a cheaper and efficient domestically produced integrated waste treatment system. In the cool weather of a late autumn day, we moved along Highway 18 to Xuan Tien Commune, Xuan Truong District, Nam Dinh Province to meet Tran Van Kieu and found him at the landfill in Xuan Tien guiding technicians to install a garbage treatment system. Born and raised in the mechanical commune of Xuan Tien, Tran Van Kieu was familiar to hammer and anvil and he told himself to grow rich from the traditional occupation. In 2001, he graduated from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Faculty of Information Technology) and assumed the position of Director of Information Technology at the Southeast Asia Scientific Research Institutute. In 2009, he decided to return home and established the Tan Thien Phu Co., Ltd. As his company thrived on production of machinery used … [Read more...] about Tran Van Kieu, a creative engineer
Aaron McConnell doesn't mind sharing a kitchen with seven neighbors. He's fine in living quarters with just enough room for a twin bed, a corner desk and little else. Closets? Forget about it - he stores his clothing and other possessions on shelves and hooks. It's also affordable for McConnell, 28, who pays $737 a month for his apartment in Seattle as he embarks on a career in civil engineering. Tiny apartments like McConnell's are cropping up in major cities around the country to meet the demand of people who are short on cash but determined to live in areas with otherwise pricey rents. Micros, also known as "hostel-style" apartments, usually offer less than 200 square feet (18.5 square meters) including private bathrooms, and they typically come furnished, sometimes with built-in beds and other amenities to save space. Most feature a group kitchen that may be shared among eight units, although units in McConnell's complex are equipped with microwave ovens and small … [Read more...] about Big city, tiny apartment: small-scale living is new trend in U.S.
PANO - A broken food system and environmental crises are now reversing decades of progress against hunger according to new Oxfam analysis. Spiralling food prices and endless cycles of regional food crises will create millions more hungry people unless we transform the way we grow and share food. On June 1 Oxfam launches a new global campaign to ensure everyone has enough to eat, always. Oxfam's GROW campaign is backed by high profile supporters including former President Lula of Brazil, Archbishop Emeritus Tutu and actress Scarlett Johansson. A new report, "Growing a Better Future: Food justice in a resource-constrained world", catalogues the symptoms of today's broken food system: growing hunger, flat-lining yields, a scramble for fertile land and water, and rising food prices. It warns we have entered a new age of crisis where depletion of the earth's natural resources and increasingly severe climate change impacts will create millions more hungry people. New research … [Read more...] about Broken Food System and Environmental Crisis Spell Hunger