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USAID promotes Chi initiative to drive down demand for rhino horn

The USAID Wildlife Asia on Tuesday launched the third phase of the Chí initiative, a communication programme to help decrease consumer demand for rhino horn in Việt Nam. Craig Hart, Acting Mission Director of the US Agency for International Development Mission in Việt Nam, speaks at the launching ceremony of the Chí initiative’s phase 3 in Hà Nội on Tuesday. ... Read More »

Registration agency to lift vehicle emission standards

VietNamNet Bridge – Higher standards on vehicle emissions will have an impact on the automobile market, especially used cars. However, lifting the standards is a must to control pollution. The Vietnam Register (VR), an agency belonging to the Ministry of Transport (MOT), has completed a draft of a decree on controlling vehicle emissions. The draft decree stipulates that the CO2 ... Read More »

Industrial waste pollutes HCM City

VietNamNet Bridge – Industrial waste has been piling up on several streets in HCM City, creating pollution and hurting the quality of life of local residents. The Tan Hoa – Lo Gom Canal across Tan Binh District, one of the five biggest canal systems in HCM City, is severely polluted by untreated wastewater and solid waste. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang ... Read More »

Forests sold within four to six years after planting

VietNamNet Bridge – Experts have voiced concern about the short life cycle of forests which are sold four to six years after planting. Vietnam has 3 million hectares of production forests Vietnam has three million hectares of production forests, 90 percent of which are acacia forests which provide materials to the woodwork industry.  Ngo Sy Hoai, deputy secretary general of ... Read More »

Locals boycott thermal power projects as electricity shortages loom

VietNamNet Bridge – The electricity outages that occurred in the dry season may return and become even more serious as provincial authorities do not want to build more thermal power plants in their localities. The electricity outages may come back The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), for the first time in the last six years, has warned about electricity ... Read More »

Binh Thuan authorities order clean-up of Phan Thiet beach

The People’s Committee of south central Binh Thuan province has ordered relevant agencies to tackle the problems arising from large quantities of waste washing up along Phan Thiet coast, affecting tourism. Trash on a beach in Mui Ne in Phan Thiet city. Local authorities have ordered a clean-up. (Photo: The People’s Committee has instructed Mui Ne, Ham Tien and ... Read More »

Hanoi learns from Yokahama to fix sewage woes

VietNamNet Bridge – Whenever it rains heavily, people in Hanoi think about flooding, and for good reason. An environmental worker collects mud from a sewer on Dam Trau Street in Hanoi. — VNS Photo Truong Vi A downpour which brings about 50-100mm of water during a two-hour period likely causes flooding in at least 15 areas in the city, said ... Read More »

Binh Thuan wants to develop tourism projects on land with titanium reserves

VietNamNet Bridge – Binh Thuan province, which wants to focus on developing tourism instead of polluting the titanium mining industry, is seeking permission to exclude 20,000 hectares of land out of the national titanium reserve, reported Dan Viet. There are six national mineral reserves in Binh Thuan There are six national mineral reserves covering 82,500 hectares in Binh Thuan province, ... Read More »

VN Steel Association insists on importing scrap steel, raising concerns about environment risks

VietNamNet Bridge – Experts have warned about scrap imports heading for Vietnam as China has stopped importing some types of scrap.  The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) estimates that if the scrap imports cannot be blocked, the amount of money Vietnam has to pay for the imports would amount $1.7 billion. In the latest document to the Ministry of ... Read More »