The rapid expansion of fires in the Brazilian rainforest (pictured Aug, 21, 2019) is the result of a significant increase in deforestation. (Photo: AFP/Handout) The dramatic scale of this year's fires is the result of a significant acceleration of deforestation for the lumber industry, for agriculture or for other human activities. "In the tropics, fire is used extensively in a land-use environment," said Jeffrey Chambers, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a specialist in rainforests. "It's how you get rid of your agricultural waste products ... And part of the reason why that works is because those fires don't generally move into the forest," he explained. "A tropical rainforest is generally not flammable" because it's so humid. California has the opposite problem: burning waste is prohibited because the forests are so dry, they could go up in flames at the smallest spark. But in the Amazon, when an area of forest is cleared, the tree trunks are removed … [Read more...] about Why is part of the Amazon burning?
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The Hanoitimes - Senior government officials said that electricity and gasoline are items leaving impacts on the economy and catching public attention. PM orders checking of power price hike following social outcry Vietnamese media has questioned the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) about labeling “secret” the plans for raising electricity and gasoline prices. Government April meeting with the chairmanship of Chairman Mai Tien Dung. Photo: VGP VnExpress asked the MOIT at the government’s regular meeting last weekend why it tagged the adjustment of power and gasoline prices as “state secret” and basing on what ground. In response, Deputy Minister of MOIT Do Thang Hai said that the ministry keeps the plans unrevealed before the official announcement with an aim to avoid any unexpected impacts on the society due to the crucial role of electricity and petroleum in the economy. Hai attributed the Law on Protecting State … [Read more...] about Why does Vietnam label plans on energy price hike “secret”?
Tom Evans, principal at consultancy and training company The Lûcrum Group and creator of the highly-acclaimed From Napkin to Revenue practice Having long experience in numerous industries, technologies, and international markets, how can you help startups and entrepreneurs in Vietnam improve their chances of success amidst stiffening competition? It’s a fact that over 80 per cent of new products fail. The number one cause for this high failure rate is that startups and entrepreneurs jump into creating new products or services before they understand if anyone other than them thinks they are a good idea and is willing to pay for it. To improve the chances of success in the market, entrepreneurs must ask themselves these three questions that are most commonly asked by investors: - Who are your customers? - Why will they buy your products? - How are you going to make money? From Napkin to Revenue is a practice of The … [Read more...] about The who, why, and how of your product
As forecast, there will be an elderly person among every two Vietnamese people of working age by 2055. In 2000, the number of people entering the working age was 1.7 million, 3.4 times higher than the number of 500,000 people out of the work force. By 2035, the number of people in the working age will only be 1.2 times the number of those who leave the working age (1.5 million compared to 1.26 million people). Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep said that increasing the retirement age is unavoidable as Vietnam is facing the aging population issue. Without adjusting the retirement age, the country will face labour shortages in the near future. Therefore, the adjustment of the retirement age will be included in the draft Labour Code (revised) and submitted to the National Assembly (NA) for further discussion, with two proposed plans. In Option 1, the adjustment is set from 2021, with the retirement age increased by three months each year for men until … [Read more...] about Vietnam to increase retirement age to solve future labour shortages
Viet Nam News Trần Ngọc Hùng, chairman of the Việt Nam Construction Association, speaks to Việt Nam News Agency about key reasons for the delays in the renovation of old living quarters in Hà Nội. How do you evaluate the national programme to renovate old living quarters? The national programme to renovate old living quarters was launched more than 10 years ago, but its implementation has been very slow. As a consequence, its results have been limited. According to the latest report, some 25 percent of the old living quarters have been described as “very dangerous.” They could collapse at any time and the lives of people living in these building are at risk. What are the main factors preventing the programme from following its approved plan? The Government’s policy is totally right, yet specific guidelines and solutions to implement the policy have not been translated into real life. I should say the implementation of the … [Read more...] about Why does renovation of old living quarters proceed so slowly?