Monsanto’s controversial present is very much tethered to its dark past. And nowhere is this manifest more than in Vietnam, a country that has borne the brunt of the toxic defoliant it produced and is now facing the growing threat of its infamous weedkillers. Vietnam has embraced a very perplexing relationship with Monsanto, crystalized in the unfortunate irony of allowing the former Agent Orange maker and current producer of the controversial genetically modified organisms (GMOs) back into the country, for all practical purposes, with a clean chit. While Monsanto has repeatedly and consistently denied responsibility for the deaths and other forms of suffering, lasting generations, that have been caused by Agent Orange, there is evidence that the company knew that dioxin, a key ingredient, was toxic. Now, with glyphostate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup that the biotech giant plugs for use along with its GMO seeds, fears about causing cancer in humans have risen … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, Monsanto is guilty until proven innocent
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Authorities in Danang City have seized a restaurant and wharf project invested by arrested real estate tycoon Phan Van Anh Vu. Authorities in Danang City seized a restaurant of Phan Van Anh Vu in Danang City on June 13 The Department of Planning and Investment was asked to work with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment on how to legally use the confiscated property in the public interest. Danang Chairman Huynh Duc Tho said they had been working to utilise restaurants and cruise ships projects along Han River invested by Vu to clear the landscape around Dien Hai Citadel which was recognised as a national heritage site in March and is being renovated. State agencies were asked to convert the function of the recalled projects so that they could be merged with the space around Dien Hai Citadel to boost tourism. Danang People's Committee confirmed on June 14 that the recalled projects will be converted for public use. Vu, 42, is one of Da Nang’s major real estate … [Read more...] about Jailed tycoon restaurant converted for public use
Nearly $10 million being provided by Norwegian People's Aid to continue work clearing away unexploded ordnance in central province. Members of RENEW project and NPA is clearing a bomb (Photo: RENEW) Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) has signed an agreement with the Quang Tri’s Provincial People’s Committee to implement the “Restoring the Environment and Neutralising the Effects of War” (RENEW) project during the 2018-2022 period. The project will continue previous work from NPA in conducting technical and non-technical surveys to clear land contaminated by unexploded ordnance and help build up and train a local team to perform the task. Total investment for the project is VND225 billion ($9.87 million), funded by NPA. At the signing ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Mai Thuc said he appreciated NPA’s support over recent years in addressing the consequences of war and the RENEW project has already make significant … [Read more...] about Norway continues help with clearing bombs and mines in Quang Tri
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
A Syrian soldier walks down a destroyed street in the former rebel-held Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 19, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Stringer) Gruesome footage of the alleged toxic attack on Apr 7 in the town of Douma, just outside Damascus, horrified the world and prompted unprecedented Western strikes on Syrian military installations. Just hours after the joint missile strikes, a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the claims. But they had been unable to access Douma itself, which fell from rebel hands into joint Syrian and Russian control after the suspected chemical attack. United Nations security experts deployed to the town on Tuesday to check it was safe, but were forced to pull out after an explosion went off and they were shot at. Investigators finally collected evidence from the site for the first time on Saturday, the OPCW said. "The samples collected will be transported to the OPCW … [Read more...] about Experts take samples from site of alleged Syria gas attack