VN Express

Mekong nations to address choking plastic pollution

Vietnam and three Mekong neighbors will join hands to assess plastic waste leakage into the river system in a bid to fight plastic pollution in the region. Fifty government officials and university researchers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam gathered to discuss assessment methodologies to study ...

Minh Nga

NGO work hit in Vietnam by novel coronavirus

The new coronavirus outbreak has claimed an unexpected victim in Vietnam: NGOs and charities. Human trafficking victims are for instance unable to seek help from the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, a Hanoi-based nonprofit that rescues Vietnamese women and girls trafficked to China for the sex trade and forced ...

Sen

Mekong Delta's biggest reservoir contaminated by saltwater intrusion

Seawater has intruded into the Mekong Delta’s largest reservoir, Kenh Lap in Ben Tre Province. A local man tested water from it and using a salinity meter on Monday and got a reading of 1.45 parts per thousand (ppt). Fresh water has a salinity of 0.5 ppt ...

Hoang Nam

Vietnam calls for fair, sustainable use of Mekong River resources

Vietnam has asked all riparian countries of the Mekong River to act together in using its water and other resources in a fair and sustainable manner. “We believe that along with the legitimate interests in utilizing the water resources of the Mekong River for development, countries ...

Viet Anh

Leading NGOs urge Vietnam to scrap new coal-fired power projects

12 organizations specializing in health and environment together have called on Vietnam to scrap 14 new coal plants. Concerned by the environmental and health toll that coal-fired power plants exact, leaders of 12 networks and non-government organizations collectively urged Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to stop ...

Sen

Vietnam introduces new information security system to facilitate e-governance

The National Cyber Security Center of Vietnam (NCSC) launched a new governmental information sharing and security monitoring system Friday. With this system, the observation and analyses of internet activities would be shared by all levels of the government, and provide early alerts for potential attacks and ...

Phan Nghia

The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?

Nguyen Thi Bien cannot speak Vietnamese properly since she was trafficked to China 28 years ago and virtually lost her mother tongue. She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside ...

Sen, Phan Duong

No scientific evidence Mekong Delta will go under: PM

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said “there is no scientific basis” to the recent prediction that the Mekong Delta will be submerged in 30-50 years. The PM said Friday that a paper warning the Mekong Delta could be submerged underwater by 2050 lacks scientific backing. While admitting ...

Hoang Thuy, Viet Tuan

Vietnam consuming natural resources faster than in 2018

Vietnam will use up its ‘quota’ of annual natural resources for this year in October, two months earlier than it did last year. This assessment is based on the Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) concept, which marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what ...

Minh Nga

The tangled matrix that is Mekong Delta’s first heritage tree

A 150-year-old banyan tree in Can Tho City with scores of entangled aerial roots has a matrix-like appearance. The 10-meter tree at the Gian Gua relic site in Nhon Nghia Ward, Phong Dien District, survived the wars. Its canopy spreads around 3,000 square meters. The banyan is ...

Di Vy

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