Vietnam investigates mass fish deaths

Date of Release: 
Apr 21 2016

Vietnam said on Thursday it was investigating whether pollution is to blame for a spate of mysterious mass fish deaths along the country’s central coast after huge amounts of marine life washed ashore in recent days.

Tonnes of fish, including rare species which live far offshore and in the deep, have been discovered on beaches along the country’s central coastal provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Hue.

“We have never seen anything like it,” aquaculture official Nhu Van Can told AFP on Thursday.


VN invents air pollution control system

Date of Release: 
Mar 20 2016

Scientists of the Viet Nam National University’s technology university have successfully developed an air pollution management system using satellite photos.

Dr Nguyen Thi Nhat Thanh, from the research team, said Vietnam had not been able to control the increasing volume of emissions from industrial production, transport, construction and rapid urbanisation.

The level of dust nationwide is measured by only six automatic observation stations managed by the Environment General Department, she said, adding that an air pollution warning system was urgently needed.


Vinh Tan power plant still polluting residential areas

Date of Release: 
Feb 1 2016

BINH THUAN (VNS) — Pollution caused by Vinh Tan Thermal Power Complex in southern Binh Thuan Province still persists despite local authorities' efforts to prevent cinders and ash from blowing into nearby residential areas.

Vinh Tan Thermal Power Complex consists of four projects in which Vinh Tan thermal plant No 2 was constructed and put into use since January last year. The other three plants (No 1, 3 and 4) are under construction.


Industrial zones polluting water with chemicals

Date of Release: 
Feb 23 2016

HA NOI (VNS) — Many industrial zones nationwide failed to operate their waste treatment systems properly and have dumped large amounts of industrial waste with high levels of toxic chemicals into the environment, according to Dr Le Trinh, from Viet Nam Environmental Science and Development Institute.

Trinh said industrial waste and wastewater were major contributors to environmental pollution.

Industrial and urban wastewater has caused serious water pollution in many channels in HCM City, including the Tham Luong, Ba Bo and An Ha channels, according to the institute.


Plastic bags shouldn't be free

Date of Release: 
Jan 16 2016

What are your thoughts on the tax on plastic bags? Does it work?

The implementation of the environmental protection tax on plastic bags helped to encourage manufacturers to produce more environmentally-friendly plastic bags as well as to limit the use of persistent materials in producing plastic bags.

In addition, some targets set by the scheme on strengthening control over pollution caused by plastic bags have been achieved.

The target to have the number of plastic bags used in supermarkets and malls fall by 40 per cent compared to 2010 was realised in 2015 in some big cities.


Highway project causes diversity loss for forest

Date of Release: 
Jan 18 2016

THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS) — The construction of Cam Lo-Tuy Loan highway crossing through Bach Ma National Park, central Thua Thien Hue Province will have an adverse effect on ecology; however, there is no other choice for the location of the project, according to authorities.

The highway is a section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and stretches from Cam Lo, central Quang Tri Province to Tuy Loan, central Da Nang City. It is 186km long with four lanes and is funded by the Ministry of Transport with a total of VND26 trillion (US$1.2 billion).


Environment sector declares 2016 aims

Date of Release: 
Jan 7 2016

HA NOI (VNS) — The Vietnamese environment sector's main tasks this year include administrative reform, tightened controls on natural resources and more measures to tackle climate change.

This was revealed at a conference on Tuesday to review the 2015 performance of the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry as well as to introduce its working plan for this year.


Urgent need for law to control water pollution

Date of Release: 
Dec 9 2015

HA NOI (VNS) –– Formulating a specific law to control water pollution in the country's legislative work programme is a necessary task of State agencies and scientists to ensure national sustainable development.

A consensus on this was reached by participants at a workshop on roles of the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Association (VUSTA) and social organisations in setting up a water pollution control law, held in Ha Noi today.


Rivers die as policymakers dawdle

Date of Release: 
Dec 16 2015

The water supply plant No 1 in Son La City, in charge of providing clean water to 60 percent of the city’s dwellers, halted the water supply six times since 2012. This was because the Bo Ca River, which provides input water to the plant, was seriously polluted.

Bo Ca has become polluted because of people’s activities of preliminarily processing coffee on the upper course.

There are 11,700 hectares of coffee growing in the province. Son La’s people have been growing coffee for the past few years. They are happy with the cultivation because coffee has helped to improve their lives.

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