Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world uses and produces energy, the International Energy Agency said on Monday. Around 6.5 million deaths globally are attributed each year to poor air quality inside and outside, making it the world's fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking. Harmful pollutants such as particulate matter - which can contain acids, metals, soil and dust particles - sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, are responsible for the most widespread effects of air pollution. Tiny particulate matter can cause lung cancer, strokes and heart disease over the long term, as well as trigger symptoms such as heart attacks that kill more rapidly. The release of these pollutants is mainly due to the unregulated or inefficient production and use of energy, the IEA said in a special report on energy and air pollution. Without action, premature deaths attributable to … [Read more...] about Air pollution to kill millions more without change of energy policy: IEA
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By 2030, using domestic human resources, Vietnam committed to reduce 8% of greenhouse gas emissions compared with conventional development scenarios and possibly reduce to 25% if it received international support. On October 30, in Danang, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a conference to announce Vietnam's contribution report for a new global agreement on climate. This is one of Vietnam's efforts to join hands with the world reduce the incalculable harm caused by climate change (CC). Vietnam was severely affected by climate change Vietnam is one of the countries severely affected by climate change and natural disasters. In which, Mekong Delta is one of the few plains in the world are most vulnerable due to sea level rise. In the recent years, Vietnam increasingly faced with losses and damages beyond its response. The extreme climate events and disasters gradually increase in intensity and frequency. On average each year, Vietnam had about 500 dead people and … [Read more...] about Vietnam committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
BERLIN (AFP) - Germany on Monday became the first major industrialised power to agree an end to nuclear power in the wake of the disaster in Japan, with a phase-out due to be completed by 2022. Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen announced the decision early Monday by the centre-right coalition, which was prompted by the crisis at Japan's Fukushima plant, calling it "irreversible". "After long consultations, there is now an agreement by the coalition to end nuclear energy," he told reporters after seven hours of negotiations into the small hours at Chancellor Angela Merkel's offices. "This decision is consistent, decisive and clear." Germany has 17 nuclear reactors on its soil, eight of which are currently off the electricity grid. Seven of those offline are the country's oldest nuclear reactors, which the federal government shut down for three months pending a safety probe after the emergency at Fukushima that began in March. The eighth is the Kruemmel plant, in northern Germany, … [Read more...] about Germany to close all nuclear plants by 2022
VN aims for stable timber supply Viet Nam has drawn up plans to sustainably grow its wood product processing industry by 2020, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. The industry is to give priority to investing in and utilising domestic forests while reducing raw wood exports and better managing supply. Minister Cao Duc Phat said the modernised and market related processing and trade of wood products would be key to economic development. By 2015, small- and medium-sized factories would be reviewed and upgraded accordingly before attention shifts to large-scale establishments, Phat added. Nguyen Ton Quyen, general secretary of the Viet Nam Wood Product Processing Association, said that quality and growth in the industry had been low and unsustainable. Viet Nam needs an annual average 3-3.5 million cubic metres of raw wood materials while domestic supply is currently only capable of meeting 20 per cent and foreign imports 80 per cent. By 2020, the nation … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 19/3
There is nothing to be sure that scripts on climate changes which are compiled by some individuals from an agency, are seen as solutions against adverse impacts of climate change. The Mekong River Delta will be seriously affected by climate change. Climate change, typically global warming and the increase of the sea level, is among the biggest challenge of the mankind in the 21st century. According to the World Bank, Vietnam is among five countries that will be heavily hit by climate change. The Red River and Mekong River Deltas will be flooded seriously. The aftermaths of climate change on Vietnam is a danger for the country’s goal of hunger eradication and poverty reduction and its sustainable development. Realizing the impacts of climate change, Vietnam participated in the UN Convention on Climate Change and the Tokyo Protocol very early. The Vietnamese government in 2007 decided to develop the national program on climate change mitigation. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung … [Read more...] about Risky and wasteful!