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The U.S sets landmark standard to curb ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

The U.S sets landmark standard to curb ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

On April 10th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its inaugural drinking water standard to combat "forever chemicals," alongside a $1 billion fund allocated to states for testing public water systems. This move marks the EPA's first significant step in regulating and limiting PFAS, or "forever chemicals," known for their link to cancer and other health risks in water supplies nationwide.

Thailand launches clean air centers in Chiang Mai amid haze crisis

Thailand launches clean air centers in Chiang Mai amid haze crisis

In response to the recurring issue of haze pollution in Chiang Mai, Thailand, local authorities have taken proactive measures to alleviate the impact on residents. Clean air centers have been established across the city to provide assistance and relief to those affected by the hazardous air quality.

March 2024 breaks global heat records, prompting urgent climate action

March 2024 breaks global heat records, prompting urgent climate action

March 2024 has rewritten the record books, emerging as the warmest March ever recorded globally, according to data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). This milestone marks the tenth consecutive month of surpassing historical heat levels, highlighting the alarming trajectory of rising global temperatures.

USA's government commits $20 billion to enhance clean energy investments

USA's government commits $20 billion to enhance clean energy investments

In a significant move to address climate change and promote equitable development, the USA's government has pledged $20 billion towards clean energy initiatives targeting low-income communities. Announced on April 4th, this initiative signals a proactive effort to tackle environmental justice issues and foster sustainable progress across the nation.

International call to combat illegal waste trade flowing into Asia

International call to combat illegal waste trade flowing into Asia

A recent report, titled " Turning the tide: A look into the European Union-to-Southeast Asia waste trafficking wave", released by United Nations (UN) agencies, exposes Southeast Asia as a significant destination for illegal waste shipments originating from Europe, North America, and other parts of Asia. Jointly issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the report illuminates how criminal entities exploit legal trade and regulatory gaps to profit financially, marking the first comprehensive examination of this troubling trend.

Thailand intensifies climate action with new legislation

Thailand intensifies climate action with new legislation

Thailand's Climate Change Bill, spearheaded by the Department of Climate Change and Environment (DCCE) within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), advances as it undergoes public hearings until mid-April 2024. Expected to reach cabinet approval in principle by June 2024, the Bill outlines the Thailand's climate action plan, imposing obligations and penalties on the private sector to enhance climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Norway set to lead as the world's first 'electric vehicle nation'

Norway set to lead as the world's first 'electric vehicle nation'

In a groundbreaking development poised to redefine the global automotive landscape, Norway is on the cusp of becoming the world's inaugural "electric vehicle nation." Drawing from a confluence of factors, including robust incentives and a steadfast commitment to sustainability, Norway's transformative journey towards electrification heralds a new era in transportation.

Approval granted for the USA's eighth large offshore wind project

Approval granted for the USA's eighth large offshore wind project

On April 2nd, the USA approved a groundbreaking wind project off the Massachusetts coast, set to exceed the energy output of the state’s former coal-fired power plant. Avangrid’s New England Wind, as reported by the Associated Press, marks the nation’s eighth major offshore wind initiative to gain approval, bringing online electricity to power more than 900,000 homes. Despite initial projections as one of the largest, it may undergo downsizing.

WMO: 2024 expected to exceed 2023's temperature records

WMO: 2024 expected to exceed 2023's temperature records

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued a "red alarm" on March 19, warning that every significant global climate record was shattered last year, raising concerns that 2024 could witness further deterioration. The chief of the international organization expressed particular unease regarding alarming trends of ocean heat increase and diminishing sea ice.

The ministry of natural resources and environment of vietnam and the ministry of environment of japan signed a letter of intent to cooperate in marine waste management

The ministry of natural resources and environment of vietnam and the ministry of environment of japan signed a letter of intent to cooperate in marine waste management

On the afternoon of August 25, 2023, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam Dang Quoc Khanh held working session with Japanese Minister of Environment Nishimura Akihiro. The two ministers discussed specific about cooperation contents in the coming time and signed a Letter of Intent on cooperation in marine waste management.

Protecting water resources is protecting the planet and human life

Protecting water resources is protecting the planet and human life

On March 22 (New York time), the United Nations 2023 Water Conference commenced at the UN headquarters, emphasizing the international community's commitment to one of the world's major contemporary issues. At the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha delivered a speech during the plenary session.

Britain records hottest day of 2023 so far

Britain records hottest day of 2023 so far

On September 9th, it became the hottest day in the United Kingdom in 2023 up to this point, with temperatures recorded at 33.2 degrees Celsius at the Kew Gardens botanical garden in the capital city of London. The previous record temperature for this year was 32.6 degrees Celsius, recorded on September 7th.