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Ministries to ban shipping lines that transport waste

Imported scrap containing waste at Hai Phong Port.

The Ministry of Finance has asked the Ministry of Transport not to grant business licences to shipping lines that transport scrap that includes waste and pollutants to Viet Nam. The move follows the Prime Minister’s instruction on urgent efforts to manage the import and use of scrap as a material …

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Organic fertilizer still not popular in Vietnam

Scientists have urged farmers to use organic fertilizers

Organic agricultural production has been expanding in Vietnam, but very few made-in-Vietnam organic fertilizer products are marketed. Scientists have repeatedly urged farmers to use organic fertilizer to protect the environment and ‘clean’ land, while the government has encouraged enterprises to invest in organic fertilizer production. However, the organic fertilizer output …

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Solutions needed to ease Mekong Delta flooding

Mau Than street in Can Tho city in the Mekong Delta is flooded during high tides

Local authorities in the Mekong Delta are taking serious measures to prevent flooding caused by high tides during the annual flood season in the area. The delta’s provinces, and especially Can Tho city, have been severely affected by high tides over the past few days. Many roads in the inner …

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Heavy rainfalls leave one dead, another missing

In Bao Yen district, Lao Cai province

Heavy rainfalls in the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Ha Giang left one dead and another missing, causing a loss of nearly 31 billion VND (1.34 million USD) as of October 23. According to the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control on …

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Heavy rain lashes Da Nang, exposes massive coastal erosion

My Khe, Da Nang’s most popular beach, was ravaged by heavy rains early Monday morning, exposing coastal vulnerability. Heavy rainfall the night before flooded Vo Nguyen Giap Street along the My Khe Beach in Da Nang and overwhelmed the drainage system. Authorities said 12 meters seashore were eroded and 50 …

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Cambodia’s ‘Rubbish Man’ schools children — for trash

The Coconut School in Cambodia is built almost entirely from waste and features walls made of painted used car tyres

Sitting in a building made from used tyres, plastic bottles and old sneakers, Cambodian student Roeun Bunthon jots down notes during an English lesson at the “Rubbish School” where tuition is paid for with trash instead of cash. In return, needy kids like Bunthon, a former street beggar, can take …

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Rhino horn cache seized at Noi Bai Airport

Customs officers at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi have seized nearly 34 kilos of rhino horn from South Africa on October 12

Customs officers at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi have seized nearly 34 kilos of rhino horn from South Africa. The batch was found on October 12 when authorities checked a 53-kilo package which was transported on the QR 8954 flight operated by Qatar Airways, departing from South Africa, …

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