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Kerry Quietly Makes Priority of Climate Pact

      

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Dr. Dang Kieu Nhan, left, wave goodbye after Kerry spoke in Tan An Tay along the Mekong River Delta Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.  (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool) (The Associated Press)

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As a young naval officer in Vietnam, John Kerry commanded a Swift boat up the dangerous rivers of the Mekong Delta. But when he returned there last month as secretary of state for the first time since 1969, he spoke not of past firefights but of climate change.

“Decades ago, on these very waters, I was one of many who witnessed the difficult period in our shared history,” Mr. Kerry told students gathered on the banks of the Cai Nuoc River. He drew a connection from the Mekong Delta’s troubled past to its imperiled future. “This is one of the two or three most potentially impacted areas in the world with respect to the effects of climate change,” he said.

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Xe kẹt cứng nhiều ngày giữa đèo trắng tuyết

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vnexpress.net - 18/12/2013

Tuyết phủ trắng đèo Ô Quý Hồ (Lào Cai) mấy ngày nay khiến hàng trăm xe tải, xe khách kẹt cứng. Tài xế và hành khách trải qua những ngày khó quên trên núi tuyết.

Dòng xe ùn tắc trên đèo Ô Quý Hồ sáng 18/12. Kể từ khi Sapa xuất hiện mưa tuyết hôm 15/12, xe ôtô không thể di chuyển qua con đèo nối liền Sapa (Lào Cai) và tỉnh Lai Châu do lớp tuyết đóng dày từ mấy ngày trước và lớp băng hình thành khi tuyết tan khiến đường trơn trượt rất nguy hiểm.

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The impacts of mineral exploitation on the environment and people in Thai Nguyen

Case study: Khanh Hoa coal mine, Thai Nguyen, Viet Nam

Introduction

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EFFORTS OF THAI NGUYEN CITY IN REDUCING POVERTY RATE

It can be seen that the gap between rich and poor is increasingly clear in Vietnam in general and in Thai Nguyen province in particular. After 20 years of innovation along with the country, the economy and society of Thai Nguyen city has increased significantly and achieved important developmental milestones. However, along with the development, the gap of rich and poor between segments of the population and the gap between incomes in the urban areas were also extended. In order to impulse the process of industrialization – modernization as well as reduce poverty rate, Thai Nguyen city should implement more essential policies and projects to improve the lives of citizen, as well as impulse the ​​economy of the city for the purpose of sustainable development.


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THE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF WASTE IN THE AREA OF THAI NGUYEN CITY

During the developing process, the economic production activities have produced a great deal of waste, especially harmful waste. In Viet Nam in general and Thai Nguyen in particular, due to the diversity and rapid development of various types of industry, the hazardous wastes that are mentioned above become more and more. The more wastes are generated; the more serious threats affect environment and human health.

I. Situation

1. Household waste

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LAND POLLUTION AND PROBLEMS POSING IN THAI NGUYEN CITY

Operation of industrial, service, mining ... in the area of Thai Nguyen city is developing rapidly.

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Vietnam - Typhoon Haiyan Information

Cây đổ ở Hà Nội sau bão Haiyan
Ảnh hưởng của cơn bão Haiyan, Hà Nội từ đêm qua có mưa to và gió thổi mạnh
http://vnexpress.net/tin-tuc/thoi-su/cay-do-o-ha-noi-sau-bao-haiyan-2908333.html

Trực tiếp: Bão số 14 đã làm 13 người thiệt mạng
VOV.VN- Tại các địa phương ảnh hưởng của bão số 14 đã có 13 người chết và 81 người bị thương...
http://vov.vn/Doi-song/Truc-tiep-Sau-can-quet-Quang-Ninh-bao-huong-vao-Trung-Quoc/290460.vov

Tâm bão Haiyan đang ở địa đầu Móng Cái (Quảng Ninh)
http://tuoitre.vn/Chinh-tri-Xa-hoi/579503/tam-bao%C2%A0haiyan-dang-o-huyen-dia-dau-mong-cai-quang-ninh.html#ad-image-0

Haiyan makes landfall, weakens into depression
http://english.vov.vn/Society/Haiyan-makes-landfall-weakens-into-depression/266984.vov

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GDACS Red Alert - Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Laos, Viet Nam, Philippines, Palau

      

gdacs.org - November 7, 2013

 

Tropical Cyclone HAIYAN-13 can have a high humanitarian impact based on the Maximum sustained wind speed and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Updated: this report is based on advisory number 20.

  • Tropical Cyclone Hurricane/Typhoon > 150 mph (maximum wind speed of 315 km/h)
  • from 04/11/2013 00:00 UTC to 08/11/2013 00:00 UTC
  • Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 17.7 million
  • Vulnerability: High

 

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CLICK HERE - GDACS Tropical Cyclones - Joint Research Centre

CLICK HERE - Tropical Cyclone Information - Japan Meteorological Agency

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Water - Vietnam facts

By: Sahisna Suwal (Guest Writer)

Located in the Southeastern part of Asia, Vietnam's population totals to over 86 million with an estimated GDP per capita of $3100. Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world and almost two-thirds of its people live along the country's three main river basins- Thai Binh, Mekong Delta and Dong Nai.

Fragilecologies: Water Affairs in Vietnam

Exciting things are happening in faraway places. I say that because it is true wherever you live on Planet Earth. What is sparking this statement, however, is my recent trip to Vietnam in order to run a first-ever workshop entitled “Water Affairs”. Perhaps not well-known outside that country, there is a university devoted to the study of various aspects of water, Water Resources University (WRU). It has more than 9,000 students, and it grants degrees from the Bachelor to the PhD level.

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