A beach in Quang Trach district is strewn with dead fish after the toxic spill in April 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images A year after Vietnam’s worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation
August 14, 2017 — “We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin” – the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the country’s fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu.
Continue reading ‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice Critics have blamed the emissions-heavy motorbikes for Hanoi’s deteriorating air quality and worsening traffic congestion
HANOI, Vietnam (Jul. 4, 2017) — Officials in Vietnam’s traffic-choked capital Hanoi vowed on Tuesday, July 4, to banish motorbikes by 2030 to ease environment and congestion woes, a decision that swiftly divided a city where two-wheelers are the main means of transportation.
Continue reading Hanoi to ban motorbikes by 2030 to curb pollution, traffic Image by Rappler.com Bribery rates are highest in India and Vietnam, and police are the most common demanders of kickbacks, according to a Transparency International survey in the region
BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 7, 2017) — More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year, a watchdog said Tuesday, March 7, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region.
Continue reading 900M people in Asia had to pay bribes in last year – report Image by Rappler.com ‘The court accepted Malaysia’s proposal to extradite the men to Malaysia’ based on Vietnam’s mutual legal support laws with Malaysia, the report adds
HANOI, Vietnam (Sept. 12, 2016) — A Vietnamese court on Monday, September 12, agreed to hand over to Malaysia 8 Indonesians who were arrested last year on suspicion of hijacking a Malaysian-flagged oil tanker, according to reports.
Continue reading Vietnam to extradite Indonesian ‘pirates’ to Malaysia – reports TROPICAL STORM MIRINAE. A fallen tree blocks a street in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 28, 2016. Photo by Luong Thailinh/EPA At least one is killed and hundreds of trees are brought down as Tropical Storm Mirinae hits Hanoi
HANOI, Vietnam (July 29, 2016) — A powerful storm rolled across northern Vietnam on Thursday, July 28, killing one person, delaying flights, and felling hundreds of trees in the capital Hanoi.
Continue reading Northern Vietnam struck by powerful storm Rice fields of hill tribes in Sapa: Every year, the world produces 356 kg of cereal per person and still 40 million people are die of hunger. Food price rise of 36% in past year takes huge toll on world’s poor. Producing enough food a global population grows is possible, but doing so without existing finite resources, especially water, will be challenge. (World Bank 2011) Photo Credit:Kibae Park/UN Photo
July 29, 2016 — Last September, world leaders made a commitment to end hunger by 2030, as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It sounds like a massive undertaking. In fact, the world already produces enough food to feed everyone. So why does the problem persist?
Continue reading How to End Hunger A general view of participants during the 29th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council. 3 July 2015. UN Photo / Jean-Marc FerrŽ Influential UN body considers human rights and climate change post-Paris, emphasises importance of the climate negotiations in protecting communities
July 16, 2016 — At the beginning of this month, the Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a new resolution on Human Rights and Climate Change, emphasising the links between UN climate negotiations and the protection of human rights.
Continue reading UN Human Rights Council declares climate a priority The World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, said that new coal-fired power plants ‘would spell disaster for us and our planet’. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images Experts have offered stark warnings that proposed power plants in India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia would blow Paris climate deal if they move ahead
May 5, 2016 — Plans to build more coal-fired power plants in Asia would be a “disaster for the planet” and overwhelm the deal forged at Paris to fight climate change, the president of the World Bank said on Thursday.
Continue reading Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are ‘disaster for planet’ GET OUT. Vietnamese protesters demonstrate against Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa during a rally in downtown Hanoi on May 1, 2016. Photo by Hoang Dinh Ham/AFP Taiwanese company Formosa is suspected to be behind a toxic leak that hit the fishing industry along the central coast
HANOI, Vietnam (May 1, 2016) — Hundreds of people gathered Sunday, May 1, in the Vietnamese capital to protest against a Taiwanese company suspected of involvement in a toxic leak that has hit the fishing industry along the central coast.
Continue reading Vietnamese rally against Taiwan firm over mass fish deaths Image by Rappler.com Southeast Asia has long been regarded as a hub for illegal wildlife trade because of its wealth in biodiversity and proximity to major markets for wildlife products
MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 19, 2016) — When a boat hiding dozens of endangered scaly anteaters or pangolins was found parked in Palawan in 2013, officials discovered most of the animals came from other parts of Southeast Asia, not from the Philippines.
Continue reading ASEAN wages war against illegal wildlife trade