News Brief (E452, January 19, 2012)
Hanoi: Air seriously polluted
According to Hanoi Natural Resources and Environment, the quality of the air in Hanoi has been sharply decreasing. Transportation is the main reason for the air pollution, especially from the emissions of carbon monoxide (CO), a mixture of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). One of the more dangerous air components are VOCs which include many chemicals that cause negative impacts on health in the long term. The emissions of these gases are increasing every year together with the growth in the number of vehicles and high buildings. The dust concentrations in most road forks such as Kim Lien, Giai Phong, Phung Hung, Nguyen Trai in Hanoi exceed the allowed limits. According to the Department of Technical Safety and Industrial Environment, Ministry of Industry and Trade, the five provinces with largest-scale industrial activities are the areas with the most serious air pollution. They are Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Hai Phong.
Vietnamese version, republished from Tien Phong newspaper, January 16, 2012:
Dong Nai: Over 10 tonnes of fish die in La Nga River
On January 12, according to fish farmers in La Nga commune, about 10 tonnes of farmed fish died in a 2 km area of river, causing a huge loss to the farmers. Up to now, mass fish mortality has occurred more than twice on the La Nga River. However, the local authorities have not determined the causes. Meanwhile, the fish farmers suspect that the La Nga River is being polluted by waste water from local enterprises. The People’s Committee in Dinh Quan-Dong Nai has just directed the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to take water samples from La Nga River to analyse and find the cause of the fish dying.
Vietnamese version, republished from Thanh Nien newspaper, January 13, 2012:
Khanh Hoa: Illegal leveling in Nha Trang Bay
Sea encroachment has many consequences, including loss of biodiversity and fisheries resources. During the past ten years, Khanh Hoa province has allowed many enterprises to ‘reclaim’ hundreds of hectares of beach and sea to build resorts and urban areas. This has affected the local ecosystems, including the biodiversity of Nha Trang Bay.
To reclaim the sea, the investors usually destroy mangrove forests, and pour rocks directly into the water. These activities destroy the ecology of the marine environment because sea grass beds and coral reefs are affected. According to some recent surveys, the water quality in Nha Trang Bay is still under control, however, it faces many risks. Nha Trang is becoming more and more modern, but its natural beauty is gradually disappearing. Therefore, the authorities need to restrict these reclamation activities to protect the environment as well as biodiversity.
Vietnamese version, republished from Xa Luan newspaper, January 14, 2012:
Quang Ninh: Over six tonnes of wildlife confiscated
On January 17, the police in Quang Ninh stopped a truck with a foreign registration plate on the Ha Long-Mong Cai route in Tien Yen district and discovered more than six tonnes of wildlife. After investigation, the shipment was found to include 2,350 kg of rat snakes, 2,100 kg of Chinese cobras (Naja atra), 1,554 kg of monitor lizards (Varanus sp.) and 34.6 kg of another snake species. This shipment belonged to a company in Ca Mau province, and was being transported from Nghe An to Mong Cai with the aim of exporting the wildlife to China. Local authorities are checking the shipment to accurately identify the wildlife, in order to apply relevant laws and regulations.
Vietnamese version, republished from Quang Ninh newspaper, January 17, 2012:
Ho Chi Minh City: Rotten food added to ‘specialty meats’
The Environmental Crime Prevention Police Department recently discovered a sophisticated operation that was upgrading rotten meat to become ‘specialty meats’ in a business facility in Binh Tan district. The facility collected pork, rotten meat and low-price pythons to make the ‘specialty meats’. One worker said that dyed pork combined with pig’s blood became ‘ostrich meat’. Another method employed to make ‘ostrich meat’ was to impregnate pork with sulfur dioxide. Even fake crocodile meat was produced from rotten pork. The meat would then be supplied to many famous restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnamese version, republished from Tien Phong newspaper, January 18, 2012:
Da Nang: Wildlife trade programs
In early 2012, ENV has organized a number of successful exhibitions about wildlife protection. In particular, on January 8, a bear exhibition was held in Hoa Khanh market which attracted a lot of attention from the public. More than 200 people made a written commitment to protect bears, and not to consume bear bile or other bear products.
On January 14, ENV carried out another wildlife trade exhibition with the Daiwa Company,. One hundred people and employees gathered to find out information on wildlife trade, watch videos about wildlife and provide comments about the use of traditional medicine made from wildlife.
Hai Duong: Volunteer training course
On January 15, ENV in cooperation with Oxford English Academy organized a training course for 25 promising high-school students in Tien Trung district, Hai Duong. In this training course, the students were trained in basic skills to identify, monitor and report trade in rare wildlife in Vietnam.
For more details, please click on the link below:
Tran Thi Duyen
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)