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Amid Booming Investment, Pollution Elevates Cancer Rates in Vietnam's Villages

While Vietnam's rural areas continue to develop, expand and economically prosper, their environmental conditions have not necessarily improved.

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For Real Change, Rhino Horn Must Become a Taboo in Asia

At current rates of loss to poaching, rhino species will be extinct within our lifetimes. The big problem is demand for their horn from Asia. The market for rhino horn is moving from “traditional” med...

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Jakarta's Own Citizens Are Suing Their Government Over Air Pollution

Fed up with air quality that ranks among the worst in the world, 31 Jakarta residents have sued seven Indonesian government bodies — including the presidential office, Jakarta’s gubernatoria...

Michael Tatarski

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How Vietnam's Robusta Farms Could Transform Into Vital Carbon Sinks

Coffee is one of Vietnam’s most important agricultural products, a crop that grows so well in the country’s Central Highlands that it has become the world’s second-largest coffee producer.

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Water Pollution's Effects on Human Health Can Reduce 3.5% of Vietnam's GDP

If not addressed, pollution alone could cost Vietnam US$12.4–18.6 million a day by 2030, the World Bank warns.

Michael Tatarski

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The Fight to Save Cat Ba's Langurs and Unique Ecosystems

While approaching Hai Phong, a major city on Vietnam’s northeast coast, it is impossible to miss signs of the country’s fast-growing economic might. GDP growth hit just over 7% in 2018, and forei...

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Why Vietnamese Demand for Rhino Horn Is Unlikely to Decrease Anytime Soon

Vietnam is one of the world’s largest consumers of rhino horn, contributing to the continued poaching of rhinos in the wild. Last year in Africa 1,100 rhinos were killed by poacher...

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Japan to Help Clean Hanoi's Polluted To Lich River

Hanoi’s To Lich River is known for its heady fragrance and death-black palette, but that could all be about to change.

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In Nghe An, Untreated Waste From Artisan Villages Worsens Local Pollution

Artisan villages that make noodles, cakes and seafood in Nghe An Province are creating damaging pollution.

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Don't Buy Vietnam's Cat Ba Tiger Geckos as Pets. They Are Going Extinct.

The exotic pet trade and lack of suitable conservation standards threaten the lizards native to several remote islands in northern Vietnam.

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Tam Dao's Bear Sanctuary and the Fight Against Bile Farms

Bear bile farming is a custom that originates from China, having been practiced for thousands of years. The bile, harvested from bears’ gallbladders, is used in various traditional Chinese medicines. ...

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Can Gory Animal Statues Shock Vietnam Into Shunning Wildlife Products?

On January 28, three statues — including one of a rhino bleeding with its horn cut off, an elephant whose tusks are broken and two de-scaled pangolins — went on display at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda in Saigon...

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Vinh University Opens Vietnam's First Postgraduate Course in Wildlife Trafficking

The short course, titled "Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade," is a collaboration between the School of Biochemical Technology and the Environment of the University of Vinh and the wildlife conversation...

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Climate Change Is Forcing People Out of the Mekong Delta

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18m inhabitants of this low-lying river...

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Vietnamese Bile Farms Are Collapsing, Yet Bears Continue to Face Neglect

Consumer interest in farmed bear bile seems to be declining in Vietnam, according to a new study. But this isn’t necessarily good news, researchers say, because it raises concerns for both captive and...

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Finding a "Just Transition" as Vietnam Confronts Climate Change

After the closing of the United Nation’s 24th Climate Change Conference (COP24), recently held in Katowice, Poland, negotiators remained ambivalent about whether or not the conference delivered on wha...

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The Growing Trash Mountains Threatening Phu Quoc's Way of Life

Phu Quoc is facing a growing pollution issue that’s threatening its burgeoning tourism sector, lush environment and local communities. With verdant jungles and aqua blue seas, the island is one of Vie...

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Hanoi Aims to Drastically Reduce Plastic Bag Use

Are you tired of seeing plastic everywhere? 

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Activist Diep Vuong Named Global Citizen of the Year for Work to Fight Human Trafficking

Vietnamese-American activist Diep Vuong, who used to be a refugee in the US, recently won the prestigious award for her work to stop human trafficking.

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Dark Time Looms Over Wildlife as China Reverses 25-Year Ban on Rhino Horn, Tiger Bone

The government's reversal on a 25-year ban may prove to be ruinous for the preservation of the endangered species.