Organic fertilisers produced by Sa Mạc Xanh (Desert Green) Co Ltd where burnt waste is used for farming. — Photo greendesertwte.com HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam may suffer a further loss in its economic growth if environmental pollution worsens, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) official Nguyễn Hoàng Nam. Việt Nam was ranked fourth among all countries and territories in the world in terms of plastic disposal but not the biggest in terms of land area and population, Nam said at a workshop on Tuesday. Three top economies with the highest plastic disposal were China, Indonesia and the Philippines, he said. World Bank in 2019 estimated that the impacts of environmental pollution might cut off 3.5 per cent from Việt Nam's GDP in 2035, Nam reported. On the global scale, the Spanish organisation DARA International in 2012 forecast climate change might curb the world’s total GDP by 11 … [Read more...] about Losses in forecast for VN’s economy if pollution worsens
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She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
People cross a flooded street during an exceptional "acqua alta" on November 12 in Venice.— AFP/VNA Photo VENICE — Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late Tuesday, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square. The exceptionally intense "acqua alta," or high waters, peaked at 1.87 metres as the flood alarm sounded across the Italian city of canals, the tide monitoring centre said. "We're currently facing an exceptionally high tide. Everyone has been mobilised to cope with the emergency," Venice's mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. Only once since records began in 1923 has the water crept even higher, reaching 1.94 metres in 1966. As emergency services took to the canals to survey the damage, Italian media reported that a 78-year old local had been killed by electric shock as the waters poured into his home. The coast guard laid on extra boats to serve as water ambulances. Tables and … [Read more...] about Venice underwater as exceptional tide sweeps through canal city