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From Tibet to the ‘Nine Dragons’, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is losing sand

REUTERS asahi.com  January 14, 2019 at 11:00 JST

Photo/IllutrationThe Mekong River (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

MO CAY, Vietnam– In the dead of night, the entire front half of shopkeeper Ta Thi Kim Anh’s house collapsed. Perched on the sandy banks of the Mekong River, it took just a few minutes for one half of everything she owned to plunge into its murky depths.

“Our kitchen, our laundry room, our two bedrooms, all gone,” said Kim Anh, speaking amongst the twisted metal and rubble of her house, from which she still sells eggs, soap and instant noodles to villagers in Ben Tre, a province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region.

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Narcos: the hidden drug highways linking Asia and Latin America

NOVEMBER 24, 2018 SCMP

 
RAQUEL CARVALHO

 
MARCELO DUHALDE

As Chinese gangs, Latin American cartels and Nigerian brokers widen their international networks, a rising number of vulnerable women and children are being tangled in their web.

It was one of those hot summer days in early August when the skin has no rest from the burning sun, drier than usual. Daniela, from Venezuela, was landing for the first time in Hong Kong, wearing a black jacket, white shirt, bell-bottomed jeans, and high heels.

She was pregnant, but that wasn’t all she was carrying. Strapped to each of her legs were four packs of cocaine.

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By the Numbers: The Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts of “Fast Fashion”

WRI

Elizabeth Reichart  and  –       

Garment factory in Dhaka, BangladeshGarment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo by Tareq Salahuddin/Wikimedia Commons

Think about how many sweaters, scarves and other clothes were given as gifts this holiday season. How many times will people wear them before throwing them out?

Probably far fewer than you think. One garbage truck of clothes is burned or sent to landfills every second! The average consumer bought 60 percent more clothes in 2014 than in 2000, but kept each garment for half as long.

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It’s decision time for Southeast Asia as power demand soars

Still stuck on coal, the region is missing out on massive price cuts in renewables, writes Courtney Weatherby.

Coal-fired power plant in Henan, China
A coal-fired power plant in Henan, China. While China is shifting from heavy coal reliance to renewable sources, it continues to invest in coal-fired power plant projects overseas. Image: V.T. Polywoda, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Courtney Weatherby  

Southeast Asia’s energy demand is expected to grow by two-thirds by 2040, requiring massive investment in new energy generation and transmission. Installed capacity will double from 240 gigawatts to 565 gigawatts, which amounts to adding a bit more than Japan’s total electricity capacity.

To meet their growing needs, countries have to make pivotal choices. They will either lock the region into a carbon-intensive energy future or open up a more sustainable, flexible path based on renewables and energy trading. Outside investors – in particular China – will play a key role in the outcome.

Some of the region’s poorest developing countries face the greatest pressures. Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos can expect their energy demand to grow every year by double digits. Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam project 6-10 per cent annual growth rates.

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Vietnam-US direct flight plan delayed until 2020

Last update 17:00 | 02/10/2018 –  vietnamnet

The Ministry of Transportation is collecting comments on the draft of a plan to enhance aviation connectivity with tourist markets.

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Direct flights between Vietnam and US to open in 2020.

National carrier Vietnam Airlines will only launch direct air service to the United States in 2020, two years later than a prime minister-approved plan, according to the transport ministry’s new draft plan, VnEconomy reported.

The first destination in the US will be one city on the West Coast, either San Francisco or Los Angeles, according to the draft plan.

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EU member states announce scheme to terminate all intra-EU BITs

BREAKING: EU MEMBER STATE ANNOUNCE SCHEME TO TERMINATE ALL INTRA-EU BITS AND WARN INVESTOR COMMUNITY TO NOT INITIATE NEW CLAIMS – BUT VIEWS DIFFER WITH RESPECT TO WHETHER ACHMEA DECISION APPLIES TO ENERGY CHARTER TREATY

Jan 17, 2019 | By Damien Charlotin And Luke Eric Peterson IAreporter

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European Union Member States have issued a political declaration (dated January 15, 2019) addressing the consequences of the European Court of Justice’s Achmea decision in relation to intra-EU bilateral investment treaties – and highlighting a series of new efforts to be taken to bring an end to claims under such treaties

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