Vietnam

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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Vietnam affected by pollution from local, Chinese coal power plants

Date of Release: 
Oct 22 2015

Phung Chi Sy, director of the Environmental Technology Center (ENTEC), noted that coal thermal power plants inevitably cause air pollution and this is the heavy price Vietnam has to pay to continue developing coal power plants to satisfy the increasingly high demand for electricity.

The exhaust gas from power plants such as NOx and SO2 can affect human respiratory system and even cause cancer.

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VEA leaders working on the implementation of the state management of pollution control

Date of Release: 
Nov 6 2015

Deputy General Director Hoang Duong Tung proposed Department of Pollution Control should focus on the core to have the disposition of resources and should be directed to the state management at the macro level and creates a change in the area of state management and get more effective in environmental protection. Regarding to pollution control instruments, the Department needs to improve and develop other tools to promote efficiency.

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Gia Lai suffers from waste pollution

Date of Release: 
Nov 11 2015

GIA LAI (VNS) — Residents in An Khe Town's Thanh An Commune in the Central Highland province of Gia Lai said they were affected by the stench and waste water from a Gia Lai Livestock Joint Stock Company cow farm.

Nguyen Huu Quang, who lives in Thanh An Commune's Village 3, said the waste water discharged from the farm had flowed into canals and to the Ba River.

The situation worsened when it rained as waste water from the farm spread to rice cultivation areas and fish ponds.

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Vietnam's longest river is 'seriously' polluted: authority

Date of Release: 
Nov 8 2015

Vietnam's environment police on Friday warned of worsening pollution in the Dong Nai River, the southern region's main water supply that has been being exposed to multiple sources of contamination.

Speaking at a meeting, Duong Van Linh, deputy chief of the Department of Environment Police under the Ministry of Public Security, said many projects were recently planned or executed along the river without careful consideration of environmental impacts.

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Air pollution from coal-fired power plants kills thousands

Date of Release: 
Oct 2 2015

HA NOI (VNS) — Air pollution from Vietnamese coal-fired power plants killed 4,300 people in 2011, and plants aren't reducing emissions any time soon, according to a recent Harvard University study.

Harvard announced findings from its new study on rising coal emissions' health effects in Southeast Asia during a conference held on Tuesday in Ha Noi titled Coal and Coal-fired Power Plants: the Unknowns. The Green Innovation and Development Centre (Green ID) organised the event.

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