The rapid expansion of fires in the Brazilian rainforest (pictured Aug, 21, 2019) is the result of a significant increase in deforestation. (Photo: AFP/Handout) The dramatic scale of this year's fires is the result of a significant acceleration of deforestation for the lumber industry, for agriculture or for other human activities. "In the tropics, fire is used extensively in a land-use environment," said Jeffrey Chambers, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a specialist in rainforests. "It's how you get rid of your agricultural waste products ... And part of the reason why that works is because those fires don't generally move into the forest," he explained. "A tropical rainforest is generally not flammable" because it's so humid. California has the opposite problem: burning waste is prohibited because the forests are so dry, they could go up in flames at the smallest spark. But in the Amazon, when an area of forest is cleared, the tree trunks are removed … [Read more...] about Why is part of the Amazon burning?
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By Kiều Vân HÀ NỘI The case of a student being openly molested on a bus is shocking enough. What that young girl must be going through in the aftermath of the abuse is unthinkable. But what is equally, if not more disturbing, is the fact that so many people on the bus from Nha Trang to HCM City did nothing to prevent the abuse. 20-year-old N.T Hằng, not her real name, said she was dismayed by the lack of help she received from the 40-plus fellow passengers on board at the time. "I was really shocked that people heard ‘my call for help’ but did nothing,” she said. “I was crying, but they only looked at the abuser, then just went back to sleep." And she is not the only one left angry, annoyed and disappointed by the lack of social morals displayed by those close by. Hundreds of readers shared their condemnation on the zing.vn online newspaper, calling on the bus company to act against the sex abuser. But the big question … [Read more...] about Modern society rotting with insensitivity
Stunning venue: The UN Vesak Day of Celebration series of conferences and workshops is scheduled to take place from May 12-14 at the Conference Centre in Tam Chúc, Hà Nam Province. VNA/VNS Photo Thành Đạt By Venerable Thích Đức Thiện Having gone through so many changes, Buddhism’s universal teachings have preserved their values in the civilization of mankind for more than 25 centuries. In the context of rapid changes and severe challenges, Buddhist ideologies continue to demonstrate their outstanding power. Our world faces serious problems such as wars, conflicts, terrorism, environmental pollution and inequality, of which the crisis of faith worsens human relationships. Thus, selfishness and irresponsibility stand out as the most alarming issues. Within the seemingly dark and stagnant picture of the world, the brightness of Buddhism creates a unique approach to relieve pain and suffering in a … [Read more...] about Buddhist engagement is to share in social responsibility
Computer, electronics imports in Jan see highest spendingThe Saigon Times Daily HCMC – In the first month of the year, Vietnam spent US$20.8 billion on imports, with computers, electronic products and their parts making up the largest proportion at US$3.7 billion, news site Vietnamplus reported, citing statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Machinery, equipment, tools and machine parts ranked second with US$3 billion, up 3.8% year-on-year. Meanwhile, the import of phones and phone parts reported a decline of 12% at US$1.4 billion. In addition, the country spent US$1.1 billion on fabrics, an increase of 5.8% over the year-ago period. These four groups of products accounted for nearly half of the country’s import turnover in January. Data from the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed that China was Vietnam’s largest export market in the first month of the year, with turnover of US$6.1 billion, followed by ASEAN with US$2.78 billion, Japan with US$1.6 … [Read more...] about Computer, electronics imports in Jan see highest spending
VietNamNet Bridge - General Secretary of the Vietnam Linguistics Association Pham Van Tinh says language disorders are a product of modern society. Children may suffer if they are forced to learn foreign languages too early and follow the wrong methods. General Secretary of the Vietnam Linguistics Association Pham Van Tinh Experts believe that an early age is the best time for kids to start learning a foreign language. However, opinions vary about what ‘early age’ means. In Vietnam, some urban parents believe that their children should be studying English at the age of two or three, while others fear learning a foreign language at an early age increase the risk of language disorders among children. The critical age for children to use English is 5-6, when they obtain basic vocabulary. At this age, children can learn a second language quickly. The critical age for children to use English is 5-6, when they obtain basic vocabulary. At this age, children can learn a … [Read more...] about Language disorders: product of modern society?
Viet Nam News by Thu Ngân Trần Mỹ Tiên is a hard-working employee of a famous bank in HCM City. Looking at her outstanding performance, no one can believe the 30-year-old has another job on the side: she is the co-owner of a coffee shop called Cái Lò Gạch Cũ in District 11 that opened several months ago. Talking about how she manages to juggle two jobs at the same time, she merely said “technology”. She was referring to the phone applications she uses to monitor everything in the shop like cash flow, revenue growth, supply sources, and others. While many people may not understand industry 4.0 and other technological changes, they are clearly sweeping across the country. On the one hand, there are many conferences on esoteric concepts like big data, cloud, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence, on the other, these have already entered daily life to benefit users. Tiên is one of those benefiting from the … [Read more...] about How technology is changing lives in VN
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Various problems inherent in modern society are reflected in the dazzling colours and images in paintings by Bùi Quốc Khánh. The artist opened Một Vòng Đi (The Circle of Life), his very first solo exhibition, yesterday in Hà Nội showcasing 15 oil paintings of various sizes. Through the paintings, the artist tackles social issues such as environment, education, social networks, plastic surgery and others, in a decorative pop-art style. His paintings show a vibrant, multi-tone space with bright, lively, contrasting colours with interlaced, overlapping shapes and many details. All resonate together to create a stuffed, cramped feeling about a world where materials take over, values decline, and blended with them are human faces, confused yet expressionless, aware yet immature, satisfied yet insecure. But above all, there is a feeling of imbalance. “With a decorative merged pop-art style, the … [Read more...] about Exhibition shows modern society through pop art
The tit-for-tat measures are the latest escalation in an increasingly protracted trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. On Monday, the U.S. administration said it will begin to levy new tariffs of 10 percent on about $200 billion of Chinese products on September 24, with the tariffs to go up to 25 percent by the end of 2018. “China is forced to respond to U.S. unilateralism and trade protectionism, and has no choice but to respond with its own tariffs,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. Beijing will impose levies on a total of 5,207 U.S. products - ranging from liquefied natural gas to certain types of aircraft as well as cocoa powder and frozen vegetables - at 5 and 10 percent, instead of previously proposed rates of 5, 10, 20 and 25 percent, the finance ministry said. Both countries’ tariffs come into force on September 24. So far, the United States has imposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese products … [Read more...] about China to penalize $60 billion of US imports in tit-for-tat move
Why is CMC Telecom among Top 25 Managed Service Providers 2018? CMC Telecom Data Center is the first and only Data Center in Vietnam that has a PCI DSS certificate In May 2018, APAC CIO Outlook magazine voted CMC Telecom as one of 25 Top Managed Service Providers in Asia Pacific. CMC Telecom is the only Vietnamese telecommunications company to make the list. The Top 25 Managed Service Providers 2018 is an award selected and assessed by a team of senior executives such as CIO, CEO, CMO and editorial staff of APAC CIO Outlook and designed for enterprises that have high-quality solutions, network managed services and are managed effectively, securely and reliably. CMC Telecom offers diversified integrated telecommunications and information technology services in the form of “one-stop-shop” ICT for enterprises. The competitiveness of CMC Telecom is shown in the advanced international technology application, high quality services and dynamic steps in the development … [Read more...] about Why is CMC Telecom among Top 25 Managed Service Providers 2018?
Vietnam is one of the greatest contributors to ocean plastic pollution Photo: Le Toan Caitlin Wiesen, United Nations Development Programme country director and chair of the UN Joint Result Group on Environment and Climate Change, explains how plastic pollution has affected Vietnam’s development and details some proposed solutions. “Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme of World Environment Day 2018, urges governments, industry, communities, and individuals to break up with single-use plastic, which is not only polluting our oceans and other important ecosystems, but also damaging marine life and other wildlife, all the while also threatening human health. Around the world, more than one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to five trillion single-use plastic bags are used every year. Some 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced annually, of which 13 million tonnes leak into the ocean. It is estimated that some plastic products will … [Read more...] about Making a change in our plastic use