Update news air pollution
Dong Nai's Department of Natural Resources and Environment has announced that it will inspect the investor of Long Thanh International Airport - Airports Corporation of Việt Nam in handling the dust pollution during the construction of the project.
The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has been fined VND270 million (US$11,250) for causing air pollution around Long Thanh Airport’s construction site.
Farmers in Dong Nai province are facing the risks of a failed harvest due to red dust pollution from the construction site of the mega project Long Thanh International Airport.
The execution of the Long Thanh airport project has led to the massive spread of red soil dust, impacting the nearby residential areas, reported the local media.
The burning of rice straw after harvesting in Hanoi's suburban districts not only causes air pollution and harm to human health, but also hinders traffic.
According to a World Bank Vietnam study, urban pollution emitters only account for one-third of the total pollution sources.
Health experts have raised an alarm as HCMC’s noise and fine dust pollution exceeds safety thresholds and threatens to cause respiratory ailments and hearing loss, as well as worsens background diseases.
Severe air pollution in the capital city is forecast to linger until at least this weekend, leaving much of the city clouded in smog.
There have been consecutive fires caused by people's poor awareness, who were burning garbage and straw in residential areas, causing fires recently in Hanoi.
Hanoi plans to limit motorcycles failing to meet emission standards in certain areas and consider charging vehicles for their emissions.
According to the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), air pollution in large cities is increasing with the harvesting season as straw is left on the field and burnt in the evening.
Regulations on recalling outdated motorbikes took effect on January 1, 2018 under Decision No. 16 of the Prime Minister, but the recalling of outdated vehicles remains a “mission impossible”.
Despite the air quality in many central and southern localities showing signs of improvement, several northern provinces saw elevated levels of air pollution on September 3, that could seriously impact human health.
Hanoi needs to issue more policies and work with nearby provinces to improve its air quality, according to a World Bank official.