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Vietnam mafia ups role in ivory smuggling

Vietnamese authorities have seized more than 56 tons of ivory since 2009.

With 978 kilograms seized this year, Vietnam remains a hub for ivory smuggling, a report says. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a London-based NGO, has released a report titled “Exposing the Hydra: The growing role of Vietnamese syndicates in ivory trafficking.” Most of the ivory seized by Vietnamese authorities originate in …

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HCM City: will $5 billion drive floods away?

Money has gone, but floods have stayed

More than 10 years ago, HCMC began applying a series of measures to fight against floods and improve the environment, worth trillions of dong. The road beds have been raised, while more water drainage outlets have been built in depression areas. However, money has gone, but floods have stayed. HCMC …

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Coal-fired thermopower development: which technology for Vietnam?

Vietnam now has 21 operational coal-fired plants

Energy experts have reassured the public that Vietnam uses advanced technologies in coal-fired thermopower plants, which continue to be the major choice for electricity generation projects. According to the Vietnam Energy Association, Vietnam now has 21 operational coal-fired plants. Of these, Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) is running 12 plants, including …

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Dams on Mekong are damaging environment

Vietnam, located in the lower course of Mekong, is at a disadvantageous position as more and more dams have arisen on the upper course of the river. In July, Xe Pian – Xe Nam Noy, a dam on a Mekong’s branch in Laos, collapsed, causing severe damage to the surrounding …

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More fish found dead in West Lake

Most of the fish is tilapia and barb weighing around 500 grammes.

Tonnes of fish have been found dead in Hanoi’s West Lake, causing workers to stay overnight for collecting them. The mass fish deaths happened in the lake area which runs along Nhat Chieu Street in Quang An Ward over the past two days. On the evening of September 13, workers …

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Super typhoon Mangkhut has Vietnam in its sights

Mangkhut is expected to head towards the South China Sea on Saturday afternoon.

The mega storm bearing down on the Philippines could also hit Vietnam en route to the East Sea. Vietnam has been put on red alert for the super typhoon Mangkhut, which experts say could hit the country early next week. As of Friday morning, super typhoon Mangkhut was looming large …

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Poor trash management a waste of vital resources

A solid waste dump in Tiền Hải Industrial Zone in the northern province of Thái Bình. Poor management in sorting and treating solid waste not only pollutes the environment, but also wastes resources, environmental experts say.

Poor management in sorting and treating solid waste not only pollutes the environment, but also wastes resources, environmental experts said at the third 3R International Scientific Conference on Material yesterday in Hà Nội. The three-day conference was organised by the Việt Nam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Japan …

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Wildlife trafficking poses risks to public health

Authorities seize illegally trafficking pangolins. Wildlife trafficking in Viet Nam and the high demand for exotic meat, jewelry, medicine and even pets is a threat not only to bio-diversity, but also to public health.

Wildlife trafficking in Viet Nam and the high demand for exotic meat, jewelry, medicine and even pets is a threat not only to bio-diversity, but also to public health, according to environment experts. Experts said the illegal trade of products, which has both domestic and international origins, increases the risk …

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