Illustrative image (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNS/VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City authorities have promised to take swift action to curb the worsening air pollution, including improving environmental monitoring capacity and establishing an early warning system for residents. Cao Tung Son, director of the HCM City Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s Centre for Environmental and Natural Resources Monitoring, said the city was calling for investment in 11 additional air-monitoring stations by 2030. The city also plans to speed up current projects to build nine automatic air-monitoring stations and one mobile station to enhance environmental monitoring capacity. It will enhance application of high-tech to manage the environmental monitoring network, especially the air environmental network. “The city will develop specialised software that will provide early warnings about air pollution to residents on a daily basis via the media or smartphones,” he … [Read more...] about HCM City to take swift action amid rising air pollution
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The HCMC Department of Transport is mulling over a scheme to control emissions from scooters and motorbikes on a trial basis. Scooter and motorbike users are stuck in a traffic jam on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street in HCMC. These vehicles account for a large proportion of vehicle emissions As of August 18, there were nearly 7.89 million motor vehicles, including 7.2 million two-wheeled vehicles and more than 734,800 cars, registered in the city. Air and noise pollution due to transport activities have grown. An increase in motor vehicles with poor emissions will affect the health of city dwellers, according to the department. Given the circumstances, the department is devising a scheme to minimize air pollution caused by motor vehicles. The department proposed the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association and the Japanese motorcycle and automobile producer Honda Vietnam help the regulator complete a survey on the use of scooters and motorbikes in a number of locations. Citywide … [Read more...] about HCM City seeks to reduce vehicle emissions
Poor urban development planning and the intentional adjustment of development plans to serve certain interest groups will affect development of physical spaces for many generations. A report from the National Assembly shows that 1,400 development plans have been adjusted one to six times, and the adjustments are made to increase benefits for investors, reduce spaces for public interest, and ignore people’s interests. This is very worrying. HCM City The continuous adjustments of hundreds and thousands of urban development programs cause social damage and loss of trillions of dong to the State. But most importantly, the status of planning projects, or adjustment of planning by "speculation", "going to night" or "collusion", creates negative public opinion. Hanoi is jampacked Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked to urgently address the issues related to urban area programming in the capital city. A report from the National Assembly shows that 1,400 development … [Read more...] about Hanoi, HCM City pay heavy price for poor planning
Work on a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant, worth US$215 million, began in the outlying district of Cu Chi on October 16 as the second of its kind in HCMC, allowing the city to address both the waste problem and the demand for energy simultaneously. HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong (C) and other officials join the groundbreaking ceremony of the city’s second waste-to-energy plant – PHOTO: VNA Tam Sinh Nghia Investment and Development JSC started construction on the eight-hectare Tam Sinh Nghia WTE plant at the Tay Bac solid waste treatment complex in Cu Chi. The plant, which is expected to be completed within a year and a half, will have a daily processing capacity of 2,000 tons of waste and generate 40 megawatts of electricity. In the second phase, the plant will treat an additional 3,000 tons of waste daily, covering a total area of 20 hectares. The company’s chairman and general director, Ngo Xuan Tiec, was cited by the Vietnam News Agency as saying that the … [Read more...] about HCM City builds second waste-to-energy plant worth $215mil.
Thick haze shrouds downtown HCM City early Tuesday morning. VNS Photo Gia Lộc HCM CITY Meteorologists are debating the cause of the thick fog that has blanketed HCM City and some southern provinces in recent days, which has triggered concerns of residents about worsening air quality. Smog has covered a wide area of the city, especially in the area adjacent to the Sài Gòn River of Bình Thạnh, District 1 and 2, since early Saturday morning. Poor visibility was reported as buildings could not be clearly seen from further than 100 metres at 10am. The air quality index (AQI) was measured between 111 and 153 on September 20-22 by AirVisual, levels which have bad impacts on human health. The AQI measured 128 and 132 on September 23 and 24 respectively. Southern provinces such as Bình Thuận and Cà Mau reportedly suffered the same situation. Hồ Quốc Bằng, head of the air pollution and climate change office at … [Read more...] about Meteorologists debate cause of fog in HCM City