Gia Hien "Is it safe?" a friend asked me. His child studies at a school only a kilometer away from the Rang Dong warehouse, which burned down in the fire last month. "How can we know it’s safe? How can we know exactly how much toxin was released into the air, how far they spread, or even what exactly are those toxins?" I replied. My friend, one of the most knowledgeable people I know, could only sigh before taking his kid to school. Like tens of thousands of residents living near the fire site, he didn't have much choice in the matter. In 2016 the public were riled by one of the worst environmental disasters in Vietnam caused by the Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation. The Taiwanese firm released pollutants into the sea that affected several coastal areas, including Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue Provinces. Later the same year Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and Quang Tri officials took a dive into the water at a local beach to … [Read more...] about Is Rang Dong fire vicinity really safe now?
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A farmer sprays pesticides in the northern province of Sơn La. VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Cường HÀ NỘI The extensive use of agrochemicals in Northern farms has raised alarm bells for not only consumers but also farmers engaged in manual labour and the environment. Canals and reservoirs which once were home to countless fish have turned into stinky, murky bodies of stagnant water. While standing in front of a heavily polluted river, Lương Văn Hè, head of Phúc Thành Commune in Kinh Môn District, the northern province of Hải Dương, recalled when the local rivers offered people a livelihood and the chance for a relaxing dip. “The abuse of synthetic herbicides has killed all fish and prawns. Frogs which usually appeared in the paddy fields during the rainy season now are hardly seen,” he said. Many residents of Minh Tân Commune in … [Read more...] about Northern provinces urged to bring pesticide use under control
HSG exports steel sheets to US Steel producer Hoa Sen Group reported that it shipped 17,000 tonnes of steel sheets to the US worth US$14 million on Thursday. The company has been exporting to the US since 2014 and shipments have been increasing recently. A company spokesperson said the shipment proves the company’s capacity and global competitiveness since exports to the US and EU have been hit by the trade barriers they have imposed. Hoa Sen has exported to over 75 nations and territories. In 2017-18, it produced nearly 1.9 million tonnes of steel worth over VND34.4 trillion ($1.5 billion), up 13 per cent in volume and 32 per cent in value over the previous year. Revenues from domestic sales were worth over VND22 trillion ($964 million), up 34 per cent, and exports fetched $538 million, up 27 per cent. Its profit after tax was VND410 billion ($18 million). It uses advanced technologies to meet the standards expected in international markets like the US, the … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 14/1
As many as a million fish are believed to have died along the banks of a major river system in drought-battered eastern Australia, and the authorities warned Monday of more deaths to come. Drought has caused millions of fish to die in Australia The banks of the Murray-Darling Rivers are thick with rotten fish, with officials putting the number of dead at hundreds of thousands and saying the toll is likely closer to one million. Further high temperatures forecast for this week could make the situation worse, the New South Wales government has warned. Low water conditions and the heat may also have encouraged an algae bloom that starves the fish of oxygen and produce toxins. "We do expect to see more fish kills across parts of the far west and Northern Tablelands this week," said state minister Niall Blair. The deaths have become a national issue, sparking angry allegations about the cause and who is responsible. "It's a devastating ecological event," said Prime … [Read more...] about Million dead fish cause environmental stink in Australia
Khánh Hoà Province aims to export 200 – 240 tonnes (VNĐ6 billion) of puffer fish, a potentially lucrative seafood resource. – Photo VTV.vnViet Nam News KHÁNH HOÀ – The People’s Committee of Khánh Hoà Province has given approval to Phước Thọ Private Company in Nha Trang to harvest, buy, process and export puffer fish, a potentially lucrative seafood resource. The goals of the project are to properly manage harvesting and processing, ensure food safety, raise public awareness about the fish, and use chemicals extracted from the fish’s organs for pharmaceutical purposes. Between 500 and 600 tonnes of puffer fish are expected to be bought in the province annually, and 200-240 tonnes of puffer fish products are slated to be exported, with value of about VNĐ6 billion (US$258,000) annually. The sale of puffer fish will occur at four ports and be carefully monitored by provincial authorities. … [Read more...] about Khánh Hoà firm to export puffer fish