Mọi chúng ta đều biết cây tre là biểu tượng cho Việt Nam. Chúng ta có thể thấy tre trong rất nhiều tranh ảnh nghệ thuật và văn thơ. Tre là biểu tượng đầu tiên cho thôn làng, và do đó biểu tượng cho đất nước.
Và đương nhiên là chúng ta cũng thấy tre từ xa xưa đã gắn liền với đời sống người Việt thế nào – từ thực phẩm (măng) đến mọi dụng cụ từ trong nhà ra ngoài hầu như đều có tre trong đó – muỗng đũa, rổ rá, bàn ghế, giường, (cán) dao rựa, tường nhà hay bờ kè dọc kinh rạch, vũ khí – chông, côn, giáo… Đọc tiếp Cây tre→
The South China Sea Arbitration case decided on July 12, 2016 was an arbitration case brought against China for its effective control of maritime features in the South China Sea that are part of a territorial dispute. The case was decided in favor of the plaintiff, the Philippines, with the arbitral tribunal rejecting China’s claim of the “Nine-Dash Line,” in which China claimed historical rights over most of the South China Sea.
On the day the ruling was released, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that “Its [the arbitration’s] existence is illegal, and whatever ruling it makes is null and void, with no binding force.” In reality, China has succeeded in turning seven artificial islands built from reefs and other features into military bases. After a U.S.-China summit in September 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that “China does not intend to pursue militarization in the South China Sea,” but in fact China has done just that. In February 2016, the Chinese Foreign Ministry explained that “China’s deployment of limited defense facilities on its own territory (the Spratly Islands) is its exercise of self-defense right to which a sovereign state is entitled under international law. It has nothing to do with militarization.” What is clear from these facts is that China is neglecting its obligation to respect the binding arbitration award. China continues its activities that go against international law.
China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam are planning to build over 600 new coal power plants. (photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty)
30 June 21
“Renewables offer a cheaper solution that supports global climate targets.”
hina, India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam are planning to build 80 percent of the world’s new coal plants, according to a new report.
Carbon Tracker, a London-based nonprofit think tank researching the effects of climate change on financial markets, released its findings Wednesday.
The five Asian countries — including Japan whose prime minister attended the Group of Seven Summit where world leaders discussed meeting climate goals and phasing in sustainable initiatives — are building more than 600 coal power units despite renewable energy being cheaper, The Guardian reported.
The coal plants will generate a total of 300 gigawatts of energy, enough power to run the U.K. more than three times over. This comes as climate experts at the U.N. recently called for all new coal plants to be canceled, according to The Guardian.