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 - Local supporting policies together with global advanced technologies will help drive down input cost for wind power projects. World experts gather in Hanoi for Vietnam Wind Power 2019 Offshore wind power: Dutch lessons to help Vietnam ensure energy security GIZ aids Vietnam’s wind-to-power capacity in 5-year journey Vietnam's new price policy to boost wind power investments Vietnam has huge wind power potential and the government has outlined a roadmap to tap potential of this kind of renewable energy. Huge potential for onshore and offshore wind in Vietnam. Photo: GWEC Vietnam has become, in the eyes of investors, a destination for wind power developers for three reasons, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). First, levelized cost of energy (LCOE), which is considered as the payback for energy systems, for onshore wind came down by 30% in the past four years. Second, wind energy with the deployment … [Read more...] about Why is wind energy more cost-competitive in Vietnam?
Customers buy petrol at a Petrolimex's gas station in Hà Nội. Shares of Petrolimex decreased 1 per cent yesterday to VNĐ61,800 each. — VNS Photo Mai Hương HÀ NỘI — Shares tumbled on Wednesday on low liquidity due to weak market sentiment as investors adopted a wait-and-watch approach with little capital injection. The benchmark VN-Index on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange lost 0.82 per cent to close at 954.17 points. On the southern exchange, 107 stocks advanced while 183 declined. More than 138 million shares were traded on the bourse, worth VNĐ3.9 trillion (US$167 million). The benchmark index dropped 0.09 per cent to close Tuesday at 962.07 points. On the Hà Nội Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index decreased by 0.38 per cent to end at 103.56 points. More than 27.3 million shares were traded on the northern market, worth VNĐ295 billion. The northern market index decreased by 0.04 per cent … [Read more...] about Shares ease on low demand
The Hanoitimes - There are different countries in the world with gorgeous places you can visit and one of them is Vietnam. Vietnam among world’s friendliest countries Vietnam among world’s cheapest places to live in 2019 Vietnam shines in Rough Guides’s list of the world's most beautiful countries The Frisky, a women's entertainment and lifestyle website, has given an explanation on why Vietnam is one of the best destinations to visit as a first-time traveler. The Frisky explains why Vietnam is an ideal haven for first time travelers. The first reason is friendly people. According to The Frisky, the people of Vietnam are very welcoming and fun to interact with. Going through different cities of the Southeast Asian nation, you will meet different people who are ready to interact with you and tell you more about their culture. Communication is not a problem since most of the locals speak English. You should visit the country and meet these … [Read more...] about Why is Vietnam an ideal haven for first time travelers?
The Hanoitimes - Increasing foreign capital inflows into the market are thanks to more tolerance in housing ownership, significant investment in smart cities, and geographic advantages. More reforms urged to encourage foreign investment in Vietnam’s real estate market Hanoi real estate market ends up 2018 with bright picture Foreign investment fuels industrial real estate in Vietnam Growth in automobile sector drives up Vietnam industrial real estate market Foreign investment in Vietnam’s real estate rising: CBRE Vietnam has appeared as an attractive destination for global property investors thanks to the government’s more tolerance in housing ownership, favorable policies including recently significant investment in smart cities, and geographic advantages. Part of Ho Chi Minh City. File photo A number of laws on amendments including Land Law, Construction Law, and Law on Urban Planning (all in forve) draw a picture of the … [Read more...] about Why is Vietnam’s real estate a magnet for international investors? (P.1)