Environment and natural resources

Pollution and waste

Japan donates $3 million to fight marine plastic waste

The Japanese government will provide a $3 million grant to help Cambodia fight marine plastic pollution and promote a responsible cycle of using, reusing and recycling all forms of plastic waste. The grant will fund an anti-waste project to be implemented by the Ministry of Environment, ...

Nov Sivutha

Thailand Brings NASA Air Quality Data Down to Earth

For decades, NASA has used the vantage point of space, combined with airborne and ground-based field campaigns, to decipher the impact of air pollution and help other agencies protect people when unhealthy air threatens the places they live, work, and play. Now, government agencies in Thailand are harnessing the power ...

Molly Porter

Is Thailand prepared for the carbon war?

The result of the US presidential election was clear, and means that Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20, 2021. Most observers agree that a Biden presidency will ease tensions in the US-China trade war triggered by his predecessor Donald Trump, helping stabilise the ...

Asia News Network

We are the answer to Vietnam's drastic plastic problem

I have been saving more than $100 each month by cooking my own meals and not buying takeaways or deliveries. But saving money was not my initial motivation. It was to cut down on the use of plastic as much as possible. “When I pour your coffee ...

Luu Dinh Long

Paid recycling drive to help HCMC turn the tide on trash

Garbage including plastic, paper, metal and glass will soon be collected for recycling via a new network taking shape in HCMC. State-owned Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Co., Ltd (Citenco) would fund public service enterprises and private units to collect recyclable trash from residential areas, ...

Ha An

Waste Summit Cambodia 2020 talks turning waste into cash

The Waste Summit Cambodia 2020 began on Monday and will run till Friday, covering a range of topics including using waste for financial benefit, the importance of waste separation, creating energy from waste and the circular economy ideology. This year’s summit is being held under the ...

Tom Starkey

With someone taking out the trash, Hanoians breathe a sigh of relief

Nguyen Thanh Quang is looking forward to resuming his morning habit of cycling around his neighborhood in Hanoi’s Dong Da District. He had been staying at home all day after uncollected trash piled up on several streets, the resultant stink exacerbating the capital’s long-standing air pollution ...

Long Nguyen

Waste not, want not

Thailand has become one of the world’s largest garbage dumps after China banned waste imports, including electronics and plastics, from foreign countries in 2017. As a result, waste from many countries that was originally shipped to China is now being redirected to countries in Southeast ...

SUWITCHA CHAIYONG

Campaign to green up Hanoi with 4,000 trees

The Green Vietnam Biodiversity Conservation Centre (GreenViet) in coordination with the Labour Federation of Hanoi’s Ung Hoa district and the Youth Union in Doi Binh commune has launched a campaign to plant 4,000 trees to improve the air conditions in the capital city. The campaign, part of the One ...

City takes steps to control noise levels

Vientiane authorities will impose a new legal measure designed to control noise as part of efforts to transform the capital into a more peaceful and socially-ordered city. Mayor of Vientiane, Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, on September 19 endorsed the capital’s decision to limit the noise emanating from ...

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