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Food and job security: two challenges for Asia Pacific

Eco-business – Anna Simpson, curator of Forum for the Future’s Futures Centre discusses two mutually reinforcing pressure points that urge sustainable change in the Asia Pacific region.

The forest fires that raged across Chiang Mai in March may have dissipated, but the cancer risk for those who breathe in the dust particles year on year has not. Nor has the pressure on contract farmers to meet growing demand for animal feed and ethanol: a factor contributing to illegal slash-and-burn practices. According to one resident, an area more than six times that of Bangkok (which occupies 1,569 square kilometres) of dry corn stalks is set alight after the harvest to make way for the next crop.
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Vietnam​ searches for solutions to deal with domestic e-waste

Ensia – Much of the world’s electronic waste ends up in Vietnam — not only cell phones, computers, printers and TVs, but also items many people may not think of when they consider e-waste, such as washing machines, microwaves and fans. This waste is often burned or dumped in landfills where toxicants such as arsenic, mercury, lead and cadmium are released into the air or leach into the water. Perhaps most concerning, domestic e-waste is growing by about 25 percent each year in Vietnam, with up to 113,000 metric tons (124,500 tons) discarded this year.

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Nobel Prize goes to modest woman who beat malaria for China

Updated 5 October 2015
(originally published
9 November 2011)

The origins of our best drug against malaria have long been a mystery.
Meet Tu Youyou, who scoured ancient Chinese medical texts for the cure.

Tu Youyou, now 80, continues to study artemisinin at her lab in Beijing

Tu Youyou, now 80, continues to study Tu Youyou at her lab in BeijingSimon Griffiths

By Phil McKenna

Update: Tu Youyou has been awarded a share of the 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology for her discovery of artemisinin. She shared the prize with William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura, whose work led to the development of ivermectin, an important treatment for roundworm parasite diseases.

FORTY years ago a secret military project in communist China yielded one of the greatest drug discoveries in modern medicine. Artemisinin remains the most effective treatment for malaria today and has saved millions of lives. Until recently, though, the drug’s origins were a mystery.

“I was at a meeting in Shanghai in 2005 with all of the Chinese malariologists and I asked who discovered artemisinin,” says Louis Miller, a malaria researcher at the US National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland. “I was shocked that no one knew.”

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When the U.S. dropped barrel bombs in war

Washington Post
By Ishaan Tharoor February 16

People inspect damage at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s district of al-Sukari on March 7, 2014. (Hosam Katan/Reuters)

“It’s a childish story that keeps repeating in the West,” smiled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview with the BBC last week. He was dismissing allegations that his regime is attacking Syrian civilians with barrel bombs, crude devices packed with fuel and shrapnel that inflict brutal, indiscriminate damage.

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Social enterprise: constraints and opportunities – evidence from Vietnam and Kenya

March 2014 William Smith and Emily Darko

ODI – Social enterprise has been a broadly defined term, poorly understood at the level of country and sector context specific activity. This paper synthesises findings, based on case studies of social enterprises operating in the agriculture and health sectors in Kenya and Vietnam. Main conclusions are that the concept of social enterprise needs to be clearly defined if governments and donors want to give preferential support to such organisations and that defining social enterprise as a hybrid business model facilitates identification and analysis of enterprise models that are distinct from mainstream business.

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Sustainable cities: The changing role of businesses

Corporate Citizenship senior researcher Jayesh Shah explores some of the trends in the development of cities, focusing on how this changes the role of businesses.

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Eco-business: Songdo, South Korea. Buildings here have automatic climate control and computerised access. Furthermore, roads, water, waste and electricity systems are built with electronic sensors to enable the city’s brain to track and respond to the movement of residents.Image: Panya K / Shutterstock.com

As we draw closer to September’s summit on the SDGs – the universal set of goals, targets and indicators that will frame the development agenda over the next 15 years – it could be argued that there will not be a sustainable world without sustainable cities.

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Sustainable Fishing in Vietnam

WWFTram Chim National Park is one of the most important remaining expanses of wetlands in Vietnam. While most fishing in the park is forbidden, some locals exercise traditional rights to fish for food and a living. WWF works in Tram Chim to restore natural water flows, fisheries and wildlife.

Climate Change and Energy in Vietnam – Is the door open for civil society?

Fes-sustainability – by Ha Thi Quynh Nga

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Over the last decades, the discourse on sustainable development has significantly contributed to the formation as well as the strengthening of the civil society in Vietnam. In the mid-1980s, the Government of Vietnam (GoV) introduced Doi Moi (reforms) which moved the economy from centrally-planned to a more market-based approach. This historical milestone has raised the country to a new level of development and transformed its social and economic structures. Foreign investments, bilateral and international trade have grown rapidly but at the same time created multiple development challenges to the country.

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Young woman, big responsibility

Young woman, big responsibility: She manages 160 deminers and support staff who clean up cluster bombs and other explosives in Quang Tri Province

Eight months ago Ms. Nguyen Thi Dieu Linh was promoted to Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Operations Manager at Project RENEW in Quang Tri Province. The 32-year-old is the first woman to be selected for this position in Vietnam. Linh now manages 160 technicians and support staff who make up 26 teams that are deployed every day. Team members map confirmed hazardous areas for clearance and provide EOD response to safely dispose of cluster munitions and unexploded ordnance throughout the province. Linh spoke with Ngo Xuan Hien and Chuck Searcy. 

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The Impact of Artificial Islands on Territorial Disputes Over The Sparatly Islands

by Zou Keyuan

Thursday, 21 July 2011 
Abstract: The issue of artificial islands in the South China Sea has little been detailed discussed in the context of territorial and maritime disputes. Even in international law, the term “artificial islands” remains controversial and there is no universally accepted definition of it, though several provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea mention “artificial islands”.


With the development of science and technology and the increasing endeavors of nations States to creep over to occupy more space from the oceans, the issue of artificial islands becomes more salient. This paper attempts to discuss this issue in an international law perspective with special reference to the Spratly Islands and to provoke more discussions about it in future.

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California Becomes First State to Label Monsanto’s Roundup as a Carcinogen

| September 8, 2015 1:40 pm

EcoWatch – In a first for the country, California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) has issued plans to list glyphosate—the toxic active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide—as known to cause cancer.

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‘The Storm Makers’ Puts Cambodia’s Sex-Trafficking Under Spotlight

By REUTERS AUG. 30, 2015, 9:06 P.M. E.D.T.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cambodians say that when human traffickers arrive in a village, they bring a storm and tears with them, an experience that Aya, sold into slavery when she was 16, will never forget.

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Her story is at the center of the “The Storm Makers”, a documentary by French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon, who spent three years filming human trafficking victims and traffickers in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation.

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Ethnic minorities in Vietnam: Out of sight

Continuing grinding poverty in Vietnam’s minority regions is a liability for the Communist Party

Economist – XU XEO GIA ekes out a living in Pho, a remote village in Vietnam’s northern mountains. Mr Gia comes from the Hmong ethnic minority. He is grateful for the education and health-care subsidies that his family receives from the government. But he struggles on marginal land to raise livestock and grow rice. The odd $25 he earns from selling a pig is just enough to clothe his children and keep creditors at bay. “Life is getting better,” he says, “but not fast enough.”

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Binh Phuoc builds $1b work park

September, 21 2015 08:58:26

A view of central Dong Xoai Town in southern Binh Phuoc Province. An urban area-industrial park worth US$1 billion began construction in the province. — Photo tanthanhcentercity.com.vn
BINH PHUOC (VNS) — Construction of a US$1 billion urban area-industrial park began in the southern province of Binh Phuoc’s Chon Thanh District last week.

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