Q: Climate change is occurring even faster than first predicted. What is your opinion about this? Prof. Dr. Truong Quang Hoc: Although the fight against climate change has taken place for over 20 years already, with 21 annual meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held, greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere continue to increase and climate change continues to take place on a global scale. In Vietnam, droughts and saltwater intrusion in the central region, the Central Highlands and the Mekong Delta in the first half of 2016 was considered the most severe and unprecedented in history, causing damages estimated at over VND15 trillion; Typhoon Mirinae in 2016 caused damages of more than VND3,400 billion in the Red River Delta provinces; in addition to flooding in the provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien - Hue, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen; flooding and landslides also occurred in Yen Bai and Lao Cai; flooding and high tides … [Read more...] about National Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation
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Vietnam hosted the 28th Conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (CAFEO) in Hanoi from December 1st -December 4th. This year, the conference focused on the theme "Engineering and Technology for a Better Quality of Life in Response to Climate Change". CAFEO is an annual event, hosted by each ASEAN country in order to strengthen goodwill, understanding, cooperation and exchange among its members. The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) was the organizer of the 28th conference. Global climate has changed unexpectedly in terms of average temperatures and sea levels in recent years. In 2010, South East Asia has suffered from terrible natural disasters causing serious loss of life such as the floods and storms in the Philippines and Thailand, eruption and tsunami in Indonesia; and storms and flooding in Vietnam. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nation (UN) estimated that one sixth of Vietnam land could be … [Read more...] about CAFEO 28: Engineering & Technology Respond to Climate Change
A leaden cloak of responsibility lies on the shoulders of UN scientists as they put the final touches to the first volume of a massive report that will give the world the most detailed picture yet of climate change. Due to be unveiled in Stockholm on September 27, the document will be scrutinised word by word by green groups, fossil-fuel lobbies and governments to see if it will yank climate change out of prolonged political limbo. The report will kick off the fifth assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an expert body set up in 1988 to provide neutral advice on global warming and its impacts. Six years ago, the IPCC's fourth assessment report unleashed a megawatt jolt of awareness. It declared that the planet was warming, that this was already starting to affect Earth's climate system and biosphere, and that there was overwhelming evidence that humans, especially by burning coal, gas and oil, were the cause. It earned the IPCC a share in the Nobel … [Read more...] about Can UN scientists revive drive against climate change?
WASHINGTON - All nations will suffer the effects of a warmer world, but it is the world's poorest countries that will be hit hardest by food shortages, rising sea levels, cyclones and drought, the World Bank said in a report on climate change. The Sheldon Glacier with Mount Barre in the background, is seen from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica, in this NASA handout photo. A new NASA/British Antarctic Survey study examines why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change over the past two decades. Photo: Reuters … [Read more...] about No nation immune to climate change – World Bank
The World Meteorological Organization reported that globally, 2010 was the hottest year on record. Nine of the ten hottest years ever recorded were in the first decade of this century. A foreign tourist wades down a flooded street in the tourist town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam in 2009. … [Read more...] about Climate change – what does it mean for Vietnam?