Southeast Asia is a major contributor to land-based plastic waste leaking into the world’s oceans, with more than half of it coming from four nations - Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand - along with China, the top single polluter. Many countries in the region struggle with poor waste sorting and disposal systems, and their growth in population and explosive demand for consumer products mean more single-use plastic ends up in landfill or leaks into the environment. To battle the growing crisis, Southeast Asia, home to 641 million people across 10 countries, needs to introduce region-wide policies to regulate plastic packaging, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in an 89-page report on Wednesday. "Southeast Asia is a primary source and victim of plastic, where it is choking seas and threatening ecosystems and livelihoods," said Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida, UNEP's Regional Coordinator for Chemicals and Waste. "If we want to solve the marine litter … [Read more...] about Southeast Asian countries need tougher plastic policies to curb pollution: UN
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Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan addressing at the workshop on promoting a low-carbon circular economy The circular economy is currently a global trend in sustainability. Swedish experts say that the transformation from a conventional to a circular economy enables nations to deal with the scarcity of natural resources and environmental pollution. However, one of the biggest obstacles for Vietnam to apply this model is the management of collection and recycling of waste, which would serve as input for the circular economy. At the workshop on “Promoting a low-carbon circular economy – a Swedish perspective” held by the Embassy of Sweden, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), and Hanoi People’s Committee, Deputy Minister of MoNRE Vo Tuan Nhan said that the country is facing numerous challenges from the scarcity of natural resources, environmental pollution, and climate change. Thereby, promoting the circular … [Read more...] about Promoting low-carbon circular economy with a Swedish perspective
Hefty investments Among 70 countries and territories in which Vietnamese have investments, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar are the three biggest target markets. Laos is the biggest FDI recipient from Vietnam, having accepted $5 billion worth of registered investments. In January 2017, Viettel received an investment license for setting up a telecom network in Myanmar – Mytel. BIDV in 2016 got a license to set up a branch in Myanmar – BIDV Yangon with charter capital of $85 million. The dairy factory Vinamilk built in Cambodia became operational in 2016, while the Vietnam Rubber Group began processing rubber latex in 2015. Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group is one of the biggest outward investors. In addition to a series of projects on agriculture production in Laos, in 2015 built the Attapeu international airport worth $36 million and HAGL Center worth $550 million in Myanmar. In 2016, it kicked off the second phase of HAGL Center and joined forces with Melia Hotel to run a … [Read more...] about How are Vietnamese businesses performing in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar?
Nano Res project won the first prize of SV Startup 2019, a competition for students with entrepreneurial ideas. Nano Resveratrol Health Protection Food is the full name of the product created by a group of four high school students in Hanoi. Four students prepare nano capsules from compound in grapes This active ingredient has been proven to effectively dissolve atherosclerotic plaques, help prevent and treat atherosclerosis as well as related cardiovascular diseases such as blood pressure or cholesterol. “Our products are very affordable: VND350,000 per box of 60 capsules, affordable for the majority of people,” Minh said. Thanh Lich Vietnamese student in UK establishes super express delivery service In 2018, Vietnamese student Tommy Nguyen decided to study abroad in a prestigious school in the UK. Vietnamese students make paving materials from plastic bags Five students from the Hanoi-based Transport University have successfully produced a … [Read more...] about Vietnamese students prepare nano capsules from compound in grapes
A woman in the northern central province of Thanh Hoa has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for killing her 23-day-old grandson. According to the indictment of provincial People’s Procuracy, at around 7 pm on November 25, 2017, while carrying her grandson, she dropped him onto the floor and then she accidentally fell onto him. Pham Thi Xuan at the court She did not take him to hospital as she thought that he was already dead. She then tried to hide the incident by covering him with a blanket then took him to the road which is some 30 metres from the house. After that, she put him into a green plastic bag and then threw the body onto a nearby lawn. Returning home, she invented the story that the boy was kidnapped by a woman and a man who had attacked her with anaesthetic and taken the baby away on their motorbike. A day later, she put the plastic bag with the boy body inside into a jute bag from her house and then tied it again. She then covered the bag with rubbish. The … [Read more...] about Woman in Thanh Hoa sentenced for killing grandson