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  •  Trần Minh Anh
  •  15/ 09/ 2016

Energy storage is crucial for taking full advantage of solar power, which otherwise suffers interruptions from cloudy skies and nightfall. In the past few years, concentrating solar power plants have begun producing additional electricity at night and during peak demand periods by using stored heat energy to propel a steam turbine. Argonne National Laboratory mechanical engineer Wenhua Yu prepares to test a prototype thermal energy storage system developed at Argonne that will charge and discharge 20 times faster than current high-efficiency latent heat thermal energy storage systems. Testing validates the...

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  •  15/ 09/ 2016

In today's oceans, larger-bodied marine animals are more likely to become extinct than smaller creatures, according to a Stanford-led report. It's a pattern that is unprecedented in the history of life on Earth, and one that is likely driven by human fishing. Stanford Earth professor Jon Payne puts modern extinction in context by comparing them with Earth's five previous mass extinctions. "We've found that extinction threat in the modern oceans is very strongly associated with larger body size," said Jonathan Payne, a paleobiologist at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy &...

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  •  Trần Minh Anh
  •  14/ 09/ 2016

The safeguard of coastal eco-system and mangrove forest in the Mekong Delta region will be given a push as phase two of the Integrated Coastal Management Programme (ICMP) recently kicked off in An Giang province. The ICMP, built with a total budget of 8.8 million EUR (US$9.7 million) sourced from the German, Australian, and Vietnamese Governments, will be carried out during 2015-2018 in An Giang, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Soc Trang provinces. It aims to efficiently manage and protect coastal ecosystems in the Mekong Delta region to mitigate and adapt...

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  •  Trần Minh Anh
  •  14/ 09/ 2016

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang has just returned from a six day visit to Cuba where he joined representatives from over 60 countries around the globe attending an international environmental conference. On the sidelines of the 10th International Conference on Environment and Development held July 5-10 at the Havana Convention Centre, Minister Quang met with his counterpart from Cuba, Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya. At the meeting, the two ministers discussed the urgent need and potential to step up comprehensive...

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  •  Trần Minh Anh
  •  14/ 09/ 2016

The marine protected areas not only serve for marine economic development, livelihood improvement for coastal residents but also play a very important role in preserving the national security. \ An important natural resources ensuring green growth According to the marine environment and natural resources experts, the marine protected areas play very important role for marine economic development, livelihood improvement of coastal residents and communities. It also contributes significantly to scientific research, community education, entertainment and eco-tourism; as well as to provide legal foundation and administrative tools...

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  •  14/ 09/ 2016

In Vietnam, the Korean scientists have introduced and demonstrated a nano filtration system at Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park. Tested water resources are taken from the most polluted rivers in Hanoi. The system demonstrated some advantages such as filtration systems do not use electricity, types of organic matter and harmful bacteria will be removed and discharge no waste water. Dr. Nguyen Van Lang, former Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, said that compared with commonly-used RO filtration systems, this useful technology solution is suitable with many localities in Vietnam. ...

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  •  Trần Minh Anh
  •  14/ 09/ 2016

Vietnam needs to have a comprehensive, unified set of rules to control water pollution in the country, because the problem has assumed very serious proportions, experts and officials said at workshop. The pollution has mostly been caused by untreated wastewater discharged by households, industrial zones, hospitals, and craft village "We now have several regulations scattered over several legal documents," said Pham Van Loi, head of the Institute of Science for Environmental Management. This has meant that efforts to control water pollution throughout the country have not...

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  •  14/ 09/ 2016

The Government has planned the construction of three water plants for the Mekong Delta, aiming to serve all residents by 2020. According to the Steering Committee of the Southwest region and the Ministry of Construction, the plants will need an investment of 36 trillion VND (about 1.69 billion USD). Of the plants, the Song Hau I, to be located in Can Tho city, will also supply water for the provinces of Soc Trang, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh. Meanwhile, the Song Hau II and Song Hau III, both...

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