Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, African penguins, sunshine and sea, is a world-renowned tourist destination. But it could also become famous for being the first major city in the world to run out of water.Most recent projections suggest its water could run out as early as March. The crisis has been caused by three years of very low rainfall, coupled with increasing consumption by a growing population.The local government is racing to address the situation, with desalination plants to make sea water drinkable, groundwater collection projects, and water recycling programmes.Meanwhile Cape Town's four million residents are being urged to conserve water and use no more than 87 litres (19 gallons) a day. Car washing and filling up swimming pools has been banned. And the visiting Indian cricket team were told to limit their post-match showers to two minutes.Such water-related problems are not confined to Cape Town, of course.Nearly 850 million people globally lack access to safe drinking … [Read more...] about Will Cape Town be the first city to run out of water?
Scranton the electric city
High-end illumination and skillful urban planning are expected to enhance Da Nang's beauty and increase its tourism appeal. Visitors used to complain that they did not know where and what to spend money on in the tedious city, apart from a handful of karaoke parlors, mini discotheques, and countless beer shops. Luckily, things changed when the city began to rotate the Han River Bridge at night. Locals and tourists increasingly flock to the area to admire the spectacle, and the latter usually choose hotel rooms that offer a good view of the bridge. The city began to draw a notable increase in tourists, particularly foreigners, when it started lighting up more of its bridges and opening more entertainment venues. The recent illumination of the Rong (Dragon) Bridge over the Han River proves that the city's tremendous efforts are paying off. Bridge lit by 2,500 LED lights every night More than ten years ago, the city planned to build a bridge running from Da Nang … [Read more...] about Da Nang, the stunning city of light
Continuing the program, on the morning of June 20th, on discussing about Law on amendments and supplements to Electricity Law, plenty of the Congress delegates said that it was necessary to break up the monopoly of the electricity business in order to achieve equality between sellers and buyers, and ensure citizens' benefits. After 7 years of implementation, inadequacies, difficulties, problems and some regulations inappropriate for managing and controlling methods of the electricity sector have been clearly seen. At the conference hall, delegates assumed that it was essential to enact Law on amendments and supplements of the Electricity Law to perfect the legal framework of electricity operation and contribute to promoting the quality and effectiveness of electricity facility and energy security. … [Read more...] about Session 3, National Assembly term XIII: The monopoly of the electricity business needs to be broken up
BTO - According to the energy development investment program, in the period 2020 - 2025 Binh Thuan can become the large electricity center of the country. When the plants generate power, their total capacity will achieve 14,000 MW. We wonder if Binh Thuan can reach that "title" for more than 10 more years. The future: looking forward to major projects The local government has identified that the energy development must keep one step ahead and combine planning for economic-social development in the province. Binh Thuan has much potential to exploit energy sources such as: hydropower, wind power, thermal power and other forms of renewable energy (sun, wave…). In the past years, implementing energy projects both have contributed to increasing industrial value and have served people's life in the locality. In generally, power projects in Binh Thuan also have contributed to ensuring common energy security for the whole country, especially the dry season every year. … [Read more...] about Binh Thuan will be the country’s the electricity center?
Nguyen Manh Hung, Deputy General Director of the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), said that EVN would not make profit in 2008 if the Government does not approve the plan on raising the electricity price. “No one will keep doing business if he cannot make profit,” he said, and his words seem to be the ultimatum of EVN. EVN has submitted to the Ministry of Industry and Trade the plan to raise electricity prices as of July 1, 2008 for the ministry’s consideration and submission to the Government. Several days ago, in the talk to the press, Hung said that EVN is taking losses with the current electricity retail prices. Also according to Hung, currently, EVN purchases electricity from PetroVietnam-invested Ca Mau gas-run thermopower plant at UScent7/kwh in January and UScen8/kwh in February, while it sells at UScent5/kwh only. With such a retail price, EVN would incur the loss of VND3tril a year. EVN made the profit of VND3tril in 2007, and it will not make profit this … [Read more...] about Is raising the electricity price the EVN’s ultimatum?