Underground water exhausted, high costs predicted for future Besides intense subsidence and increase in tidal amplitude and saline intrusion, Minderhoud said that ground water is being extracted excessively for local production. This could result in depletion of aquifers, while the recharge for water stocking is very little due to impermeable layers in the subsoil. As a consequence of extraction, the water from salty aquifers intrudes into the freshwater reserves. With current subsidence, for each cubic metre of fresh ground water that is extracted from the aquifers, another 12 cubic metres of fresh water will get too salty for consumption. Therefore, if there is no good control, the fresh groundwater reserve in the Mekong Delta region will last for only 100 years. Besides, the subsidence level will be more serious, the Dutch researcher said. According to the expert, if the ground water extraction continues to grow 2 percent each year, the Mekong Delta will sink under the sea … [Read more...] about Sinking predicted for Mekong Delta region
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Particularly commendable is the share of seats in parliament which places Vietnam among the top third of countries globally. However, there are important areas for improvement: Vietnam ranks among the bottom third of countries globally in terms of sex ratio at birth (1.12), violence against women by non-intimate partners (34.4 per cent), and women with accounts in financial institutions or with mobile money service provider (30.4 per cent). … [Read more...] about Closing inequality gaps to secure long-lasting progress
Among ASEAN countries, Singapore has maintained in the second stable position since 2016; Malaysia has increased 12 levels over the past two years; Thailand increased by six places in 2019; the Philippines increased 29 places, etc, and Vietnam ranked the fifth after Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei. The above results show that the business environment reform in Vietnam tends to slow down; therefore, it is required to continue to actively improve the business environment and enhance national competitiveness to successfully achieve the objectives and tasks of the annual socio-economic development plan of 2020 according to a resolution of the National Assembly. By Tran Luu, Phan Thao, Bao Van - Translated by Huyen Huong … [Read more...] about Vietnam has huge development opportunities
The rat (I mean mouse…) goes first in the zodiac 12-year cycle as we start the third decade of the 21st century. I hope that’s significant in a good way! Although most of us don’t believe in horoscopes and even less in Eastern zodiac horoscopes it’s still fun to check them out, so in case you’re wondering and you happen to know your Vietnamese birth year – here’s a quick rundown. … [Read more...] about Happy Lunar New Year from Vietnam!
In order to ensure the feasibility of the set goals, the MoST has been promoting activities of perfecting institutions and policies, including building a number of amended laws. All of these amendments and guiding documents aim to supplement regulations on incubation and the establishment and development of science and tech enterprises. … [Read more...] about MoST promotes enterprise sci-tech