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0 Vietnam is has been facing a combination of air, water, and solid waste pollution. The land, polluted by American chemical warfare after the Vietnam war, is now suitable for farming, but water pollution has been hard to ignore. Heavy metals and other pollutants have been entering rivers, “killing” the areas around urban areas and alongside of the rivers, completely ridding the riverbanks of plants and animals. Water from rivers near Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are now, “not at all suitable for agricultural uses and absolutely not available for domestic use,” says Helene Bjerre Jordans, the counsellor for environment and development at the Danish Embassy in Hanoi.
0 HA NOI (VNS) — Typhoon Rammasun swept away two houses, while landslides, caused by the storm, buried and damaged 60 houses in the northern province of Dien Bien, according to local reports.
Japan is going to help the Mekong Delta adapt to the effects of climate change as part of a non-refundable US$2million technical co-operation project that was signed Thursday in Ha Noi between Director of the Southern Institute of Water Resource Planning Nguyen Ngoc Anh and Chief representative of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) in Viet Nam Tsuno Motonori.
0 Vietnam and the Netherlands will cooperate in climate change adaptation and water management. At the first meeting of the Vietnam-Netherlands intergovernmental committee held in Hanoi on March 29, participants discussed detailed solutions to deal with climate change and improve water management, ensuring stable social development in such areas as the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, Red River Delta and coastal areas.
Long-term vision and short-term planning should be the twin planks on which the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta should base its adaptation to climate change, Dutch experts said at a workshop yesterday.
0 According to a report by the Ministry of Science and Technology, radioactive isotopes have been founded in five provinces and cities, including Hanoi, HCM City, Ninh Thuan, Lang Son and Lam Dong.
The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) plans to draft documents in order to heighten environmental awareness by 2013. Dr. Le Trong Hung, a MoET official, addressed the issue at a recent seminar in Hanoi. He called for the support and cooperation of NGOs as well as institutions to set up a national forum to discuss education strategies on the issue of climate change in Vietnam.
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