India forms new climate change body

February 6th, 2010 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien

The Indian Government has established its own body on climate change.

Excerpt:

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.

The accidental hero – Death to plastic bags

January 25th, 2010 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien

A 16-year-old Canadian boy found a way to make plastic degrade faster.

Excerpt:

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.

The Young Generation and Future of Vietnam

October 27th, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien

At the Vietnam Youth and Sustainable Forum, 65 Youths issued a Declaration.

Excerpt:

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.

What is 350?

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.

International Declaration: Stop the expansion of monoculture tree plantations!

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.

Excerpt:

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.

Video: Desired actions for a sustainable future – Severn Suzuki 1992

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.

Health should be given greater Priority at UN Climate Change Talks, say World’s Physicians

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.

Excerpt:

‘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.

South Asian Youth Declaration on Climate Change

September 6th, 2009 by Dr. Hoang Minh Hien

Youths in South Asia are making a declaration for Climate Change.

Excerpt:

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.

Declaration of the International Civil Society of Most Vulnerable Countries

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.

Excerpt:

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.

GLOBAL PLATFORM ENDS WITH CALL TO HALVE DISASTER RELATED DEATHS BY 2015

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.

Excerpt:

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.