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Deputy PM cracks down on firms violating pollution laws

 VietNamNet Bridge – Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has called for strengthened inspection and severe penalties towards seriously polluting businesses.

Plant-protection chemical residue reaches alarming level

VietNamNet Bridge - More than 200 ‘hot spots’ with plant protection residues in 15 cities have been found, threatening local people, domestic animals and the environment. 

Scientists search for solutions to treat Hanoi’s rivers

VietNamNet Bridge - Even advanced technologies won’t help improve the quality of rivers and lakes in Hanoi, because untreated waste water still runs into the rivers and lakes every day, scientists have said.

Water shortage danger imminent in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam may face water shortages in the near future, according to Prof Dr Ngo Dinh Tuan, chair of the Vietnam Association of Water Resources and Environment.

Young forests sold to China businesses, rare wood supply diminishes

VietNamNet Bridge - “Vietnam is running out of rare and precious wood,” Nguyen Ton Quyen, deputy chair and secretary general of the Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Association (Viforest), said recently.

VN needs to protect environment

 VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam Environment Administration Director General Nguyen Van Tai talks with Viet Nam News about the environmental challenges Viet Nam is facing and what to expect in the future.

Cleaning polluted rivers in Hanoi too costly for local budget

VietNamNet Bridge - It is technologically but economically unfeasible to clean “black” rivers in Hanoi, scientists say. 

Hanoi vows to treat polluted To Lich River

VietNamNet Bridge - Hanoi authorities have once again shown their strong determination to treat the polluted To Lich River after many failed treatment campaigns. 

More people become ill from drinking contaminated water

VietNamNet Bridge - Scientists have rung the alarm bell over the increasingly high proportion of people suffering from acute and chronic diseases, including diarrhea, parasitic worms and cancer, caused by the use of contaminated water.

South’s weather the most extreme in last 40 years: scientists

VietNamNet Bridge - With a higher frequency of big rains, thunderstorms and whirlwinds, the southern region in Vietnam this year has seen the most extreme weather patterns of the last 40 years.

Ash treatment required before thermal-power plant construction

VietNamNet Bridge - The government has told investors not to build coal thermal power plants if they don’t have solutions to treat ash, thus causing pollution.

Unprotected by local authorities, people take over polluting factories

Laying siege to polluting factories to prevent the factories from continuing discharging untreated waste into the environment is the choice that many people make because they cannot rely on the local authorities.

Waste-treatment service fees keep investors away

VietNamNet Bridge - Investors are hesitating to pour money into waste treatment projects because of unclear service fees set by local authorities.

Investors hesitate to spend money on garbage incinerators

VietNamNet Bridge - High investment rates and uncertain profits are the two reasons why investors do not want to inject money in the waste treatment industry, despite investment incentives offered by the government.

Ministries plan to charge for sea-water use

VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment are planning to collect fees of up to VND7.5 million per hectare from sea-surface users.

Land-use to be examined in nationwide report

 VietNamNet Bridge – Before May 30, ministries, Government departments and provincial authorities will have to report on their use of land over the past five years and plans on how to use it for the next five years.

Decree requires waste importers to place deposits on scrap

VietNamNet Bridge - Importers have to make a deposit for scrap materials imported from June 15, 2015 as per government decree No 38. This will place a heavy financial burden on enterprises.

Vietnam too slow in setting indoor air standards

VietNamNet Bridge - While other governments worldwide have set up national standards for indoor air, Vietnam, which faces serious air pollution, still does not have a set of standards.

Vietnamese incinerators create deadly dioxin gases

VietNamNet Bridge – Many incinerators in Viet Nam are discharging high amount of dioxins into the environment, according to a new research.


Experts encourage VN to recycle, reuse waste

 VietNamNet Bridge – Several foreign countries recycle and reuse waste to protect the environment and save natural resources, but this has not received the attention it merits in Viet Nam, environmental experts said.