February 6th, 2010 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
The Indian Government has established its own body on climate change.
The Indian government has established its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it “cannot rely” on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group headed by its own leading scientist Dr. R.K. Pachauri.
Read the full article here or the English/Vietnamese translation here.
January 25th, 2010 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
A 16-year-old Canadian boy found a way to make plastic degrade faster.
Daniel, a 16 year old Grade 11 student at Waterloo
Collegiate Institute, got the idea for his project from
everyday life. “We like these conveniences and we
sometimes don’t even consider these effects on our Earth,”
he said. “We don’t have a spare world in our back pocket.”
Read the full story at EM Magazine or the English/Vietnamese translation here.
October 27th, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
At the Vietnam Youth and Sustainable Forum, 65 Youths issued a Declaration.
We are 65 green ambassadors, representing the Young Generation and Future of Vietnam, which is one of the top five countries heavily affected by Climate Change. Today, the 24th October 2009, at the Vietnam Youth and Sustainable Forum – Climate Change – be Aware and Act, we pledge our commitments as follows.
We are 65 green ambassadors, representing the Young Generation and Future of Vietnam, which is one of the topfive countries heavily affected by Climate Change.Today, the 24th October 2009, at the Vietnam Youth andSustainable Forum – Climate Change – be Aware and Act,we pledge our commitments as follows.
Read the full English/Vietnamese translation here.
September 21st, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide – measured in “Parts Per Million” in our atmosphere. 350 PPM it’s the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.
Read the full story at Baobab or the English/Vietnamese translation here.
September 21st, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
Monoculture tree plantations continue to be promoted in spite of all the evidence regarding the negative social and environmental impacts the present.
Throughout the world, millions of hectares of productive land
are rapidly being converted into green deserts presented under
the guise of “forests”. Local communities are displaced to
give way to endless rows of identical trees – eucalyptus, pine,
oil palm, rubber, jatropha and other species + that displace
most other forms of life from the area. Farmland, which is
crucial for the food sovereignty of local communities, is
converted to monoculture tree plantations producing raw
materials for export. Water resources become depleted and
polluted by the plantations while soils become degraded.
Human rights violations are rife, ranging from the loss of
livelihoods and displacement to repression and even cases of
torture and death. While communities suffer as a whole,
plantations result in differentiated gender impacts, where
women are the most affected.
Read the full article at World Rainforest Movement or read the English/Vietnamese translation here.
September 12th, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
Below is a web address of a video clip in English of Severn Suzuki’s speech at a 1992 United Nations conference on Global Climate Change.
View the video at Squidoo or read the English/Vietnamese transcription here.
September 8th, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
Health should be given a much greater priority at December’s United Nations Framework Convention on climate change, the World Medical Association said in a statement.
‘The health consequences of climate change may end up being more important than the economic effects. Yet we are concerned that the issue of health, as well as health professionals, will be noticeably absent from the discussions at the UN Convention. This would be a scandal’.
Read the full story at Health News Today or the English/Vietnamese translation here.
September 6th, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
Youths in South Asia are making a declaration for Climate Change.
We the youth of South Asia are deeply perturbed by the impacts and causes of
climate change on human and natural systems. We reaffirm the fundamental
relationship between human and natural systems. We firmly support upholding
principles of equity and human and eco rights in all processes of decision making
and implementation of policies, laws and programs on climate change.
Read the full story at Climate Change India or the English/Vietnamese translation here.
July 30th, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
The world’s most climate vulnerable countries must work together in international climate negotiations or the needs of the one billion people they represent risk being ignored, concluded a summit of international civil society in Dhaka this week.
The civil society of MVCs call on all Parties to the UNFCCC to act with
renewed urgency and determination to ensure that a fair and safe agreement is
reached at COP15 which will deliver longterm stabilisation of atmospheric
greenhouse gas concentrations at levels that limit global average temperature
increases to no more than 1.5°C compared with pre industrial levels; that
global greenhouse gas emissions must peak no later than 2015; and must
reduce by at least 95% below 1990 levels by 2050 (though this should be
revised upwards if the science so dictates).
Read the full article over at Oxfam or read the English/Vietnamese translation here.
June 20th, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien
The Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction has ended and the note are up online.
The Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was held from 16-19 June 2009 at the Centre International de Conférences de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland. Approximately 1,785 participants attended the session, including representatives from over 140 governments, 54 intergovernmental organizations, including UN specialized agencies, and 43 non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The meeting represented the primary multi-stakeholder forum for all parties involved in DRR and aimed to raise awareness on reducing disaster risk, share experiences and guide the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) system.
This Global Platform included high-level plenary sessions, roundtable discussions and an informal plenary to prepare for the Hyogo Framework for Action mid-term review. The Chair’s Summary that emerged from the meeting will help set the agenda for the global DRR community to prepare for it’s mid-term review and the UN climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009.
This report provides a summary of the Second Session of the Global Platform proceedings.
You can read the daily summaries over at IISD along with the full summary for the event.