Bacterial infection behind fish deaths in Quảng Ngãi

At the event, Dr Nguyen Dinh Tuan from a college for natural resources and the environment made a brief introduction of the concepts related to water resources and provided an overview of the world’s and Vietnam’s water resources. Mr Tuan underscored the fact that these water resources are facing the danger of pollution and exhaustion. He urged measures to protect and rationally exploit water resources. Management of these resources should be conducted in a comprehensive and sustainable manner on the basis of economization and sharing, he said. Water protection must be closely associated with environmental protection. Participants in the conference heard reports on climate change, and its impacts on Ninh Thuan and water resources, and discussed proposals for adaptation. They proposed some solutions to conserve water resources such as strengthening management capacity, controlling pollution, protecting aquatic ecologies and launching awareness campaigns to change people’s behaviour in dealing with water resources.... [read more]

With a total investment capital of more than VND300 billion, the factory has a designed capacity of 16.2 MW including three turbine groups. The plant is expected to generate 66 million kwh of electricity this year, earning a potential revenue of VND40 billion. It was the second hydroelectricity plant in Mang Yang district with the investment capital contributed by Gia Lai Hydroelectricity Joint Stock Company. The first plant in the district one was the H’Chan hydroelectricity plant project which kicked off in 2007 and had a capacity of 12MW. Gia Lai Hydroelectricity JSC Director Nguyen Dinh Tuan said that two plants have proved very effective in the province. Currently, H’Chan hydroelectricity plant has provided more than 100 million KWh to the national electricity grid.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Tens of millions of Saigonese not only suffer from the effects of waste water, hazardous waste and emissions, but also from noise. Physiologically, when noise exceeds acceptable levels, noise can cause ear injury or deafness, and cause cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and other chronic diseases. Psychologically, those who live in an environment with too much noise are affected by stress and nervousness, becoming aggressive and excitable. Nguyen Van Nga, a doctor from Nguyen Trai Hospital, said that living in noise, people may suffer from headaches, which could become chronic and affect people’s ability to work. In all cases, noise makes lives less joyful for people. Under national standards on noise, in special areas within the boundaries of healthcare centers, libraries, kindergartens, schools, pagodas and temples, the maximum noise levels allowed are 55 dB in 6-21h and 45 dB in 21-6 h. As for other areas, such as residential quarters, houses in alleys, hotels, guesthouses and offices, the figures are 70 dB in 6-21h and 55 dB in 21-6h. However, the noise measured by scientists is much higher than permitted levels. Hospitals, which need quiet the most, turn out to be the biggest sufferers. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Tuan, who has just conducted a research work on noise, believes that the biggest cause of the noise in HCM City is traffic. There are a high number of vehicles in circulation in the city, with the figure rising by 10 percent per annum. Tens of millions of Saigonese not only suffer…... [read more]

HCMC to automatically monitor wastewater at IPs By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The HCMC Environment Protection Agency will install automatic observation stations next year to monitor wastewater at 12 industrial parks in the city to cope with the worsening situation of untreated wastewater being discharged into the environment. Head of the agency Nguyen Dinh Tuan told the Daily that the agency is mapping out the project of installing equipment at the stations. "The planning is expected to be ready by January next year, then the installation job will be carried out in two months or so after the project is approved by the city's government," Tuan said. Each monitoring station installed at an industrial park will have three main units comprising a system to measure the wastewater quality, a system to transmit and receive measured figures and a supervisory system at the agency. According to the HCMC Export Processing and Industrial Zone Authority (Hepza), there are some 950 enterprises operating at the 12 industrial parks, discharging some 35,000 cubic meters of wastewater each day. Pham Thanh Truc, vice manager of the Environment Management Division of Hepza, said on Thursday that most of the industrial parks had completed their common wastewater facilities, excepted Tan Phu Trung IP in Cu Chi where the facility is still under construction and expected to finish late this year. Some 80 manufacturing enterprises in IPs fail to build their own wastewater treatment systems, while many others with such facilities manage to…... [read more]

City needs long-term adaptation strategy for climate change By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Two environmental and hydro-meteorological scientists in HCMC suggested on Tuesday that the city insert long-term solutions for coping with climate change into its master plan for economic and social development with a longer vision. "With the clearer appearance of worsening impacts from climate change, I think the city's master plan for economic and social development with a vision to 2025 is too short," Tuan told the seminar. Phan Van Hoac, director of the Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment, said the city's master plan for economic and social development needed to be redone with an insertion of long-term solutions so people can live with the worsening impacts of climate change in the next decades. He added that the city's current economic and social development plan ignored the scientists' forecast of negative impacts from climate change. According to one scenario announced by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on August 20, HCMC will lose some 204 square kilometers of low-lying land if the sea rises 75 centimeters, and 472 square kilometers if the sea level rises over 100 centimeters. The scientists said climate change and rising sea levels would adversely impact human life and cause worsening calamities threatening millions of people in coastal areas. Ly Khanh Tam Thao, vice head of the Zoning Management Office of the city's Department of Zoning and Architecture, said the city had not included criteria for coping…... [read more]

New law to levy environment tax on five groups of products By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Any enterprise or individual who exploits, produces or imports five groups of products classified as hazardous to the environment will be imposed with an environment tax in the coming time, according to the Draft Law on Environment Tax. Vu Van Truong, head of the Finance Ministry's Department of Tax Policy, told a seminar on contributing suggestions for the new draft law held here on Tuesday that if the law was passed and enforced by the National Assembly in October 2011, it would become effective on January 1, 2012. According to the draft law, the main products to be taxed are petrol, diesel oil, coal (except peat), HCFC substances, plastic bags (except biological bags), mosquito-repellent, chemicals for agricultural cultivation and decontaminating substances. According to the draft law, the environment tax is between VND1,000 and VND4,000 on each liter of petrol, between VND500 and VND2,000 on each liter of diesel oil, between VND6,000 and VND30,000 on each ton of coal, between VND20,000 and VND30,000 on each kilogram of plastic bags and between VND1,000 and VND5,000 on each kilogram of plant protection substances. Truong of the tax policy department says it is necessary to promulgate the environment tax law because the country lacks essential financial means to protect the environment as pollution mounts day by day. "The law will help create more positive awareness of environment protection, reduce harmful effects on public…... [read more]

The International Badminton Championships Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open 2016 officially kicked off on July 18, drawing the participation of 300 players from 28 countries and territories. They are competing in five events including the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, for total prizes worth US$55,000. At the event, Vietnam sent their strongest team ever with 23 players, in which Nguyen Tien Minh and Vu Thi Trang have secured two places in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The event has also attacted strong international players such as Hu Yun (Hong Kong, the world No.12), Ng Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong, the world No.13), Wei Nan (Hong Kong, the world No.17), Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand, the world No.24), and Nguyen Tien Minh (the world No.33) Hsu Ya Ching (Chinese Taipei, the world No.33), Yip Pui Yin (Hong Kong, the world No.34), Cheung Ngan Yi (Hong Kong, the world No.38), and Vu Thi Trang (the world No.44) will be leading candidates for the title of the women’s singles. In the first matches of the men’s singles, Nguyen Dinh Tuan Kiet lost to Phanuwat Srimanta from Thailand while Ho Nguyen Vinh Quang was defeated by Chang En Chia from Chinese Taipei. The tournament will run until July 24. Nhan Dan... [read more]

They are competing in five events including the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, for total prizes worth US$55,000. At the event, Vietnam sent their strongest team ever with 23 players, in which Nguyen Tien Minh and Vu Thi Trang have secured two places in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The event has also attacted strong international players such as Hu Yun (Hong Kong, the world No.12), Ng Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong, the world No.13), Wei Nan (Hong Kong, the world No.17), Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand, the world No.24), and Nguyen Tien Minh (the world No.33) Hsu Ya Ching (Chinese Taipei, the world No.33), Yip Pui Yin (Hong Kong, the world No.34), Cheung Ngan Yi (Hong Kong, the world No.38), and Vu Thi Trang (the world No.44) will be leading candidates for the title of the women’s singles. In the first matches of the men’s singles, Nguyen Dinh Tuan Kiet lost to Phanuwat Srimanta from Thailand while Ho Nguyen Vinh Quang was defeated by Chang En Chia from Chinese Taipei. The tournament will run until July 24.... [read more]

Truong Thanh Long, Nguyen Dinh Tuan Kiet, Nguyen Van Duc, Le Duc Phat and Le Duy Nam advanced to the main round of the men's singles event. In women's doubles, Nguyen Thi Phuong Ha and Nguyen Thuy Linh - and Dinh Thi Phuong Hong and DoThi Hoai - qualified to compete further. The main round which begins today will see No 1 seed Nguyễn Tiến Minh of the host facing Indian Aditya Joshi. No 2 Tzu Wei Wang of Chinese Taipei will face Rahul Yadav Chittaboina, also from India, in the men's singles event. Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand will play Vietnamese Nguyen Thuy Linh. And No 2 Vu Thi Trang of the host will play Rituparna Das from India in the women's singles event.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Air pollution in HCM City has risen to an alarming level due to carbon monoxide (CO), dust and noise pollution. In a report by the Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis of the HCM City Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the index of toxic gas CO (carbon monoxide), noise and dust in the air in the city exceeded the figures for 2010-2014. Air pollution is mainly due to suspended dust and noise from transport activities. Environmental quality observation data in the 2010-2014 period shows that concentrations of CO in the air were declining. But in the first half of this year the concentration of CO soared in many points like the An Suong Huynh Tan Phat - Nguyen Van Linh intersection, Hang Xanh and Go Vap. The level of dust in the air was also on the rise. In Go Vap, the average dust concentration in 2014 was 447 micrograms/m3 and the current level is more than 496 micrograms. In particular, at the intersection of Huynh Tan Phat - Nguyen Van Linh, the rate increased from 486 micrograms in 2014 to 613.83 micrograms/m3 in the first half of 2015. The concentration of dust in the air at the measurement stations was beyond Vietnam standards 1.2 to 2.2 times. Nearly 50% of the monitoring values failed to meet Vietnam standards. The quality of water also worsened. The indexes of pH (a numeric scale used to specify the acidity or alkalinity of an aqueous solution); COD (chemical oxygen…... [read more]




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