The California Public Utilities Commission rejected a request from San Diego Gas & Electric to pass onto ratepayers $379 million in costs related to three deadly wildfires that blazed through the area ten years ago.In making the decision, the commissioners ruled SDG&E did not reasonably manage and operate its facilities leading up to the Witch, Guejito and Rice fires that killed two people, injured 40 firefighters and forced more than 10,000 to seek shelter at Qualcomm Stadium. The three fires combined to destroy more than 1,300 homes.SDG&E officials have maintained the wildfires that enveloped Southern California in October 2007 represented an unprecedented event and insist the utility responsibly managed its service territory.Even though two commissioners expressed that their votes were “close calls,” all five members voted Thursday morning in San Francisco to reject the utility’s request. What the vote meansIf SDG&E’s request had been … [Read more...] about CPUC rules against SDG&E in 2007 wildfire case
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Updated at Thursday, 23 May 2019, 22:55 The Hanoitimes - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has helped bring down the poverty rate from 60% in the mid-eighties in Vietnam to 16% in 2016. Vietnam – the country with more than 70% of the population living in rural areas – has experienced significant changes with the elimination of hunger, reduction of poverty, and most of all the improvement of livelihood over the past 25 years. IFAD's Associate Vice-President Donal Brown. Photo: IFAD How could Vietnam reduce its poverty rate from around 60% of total population in the mid-eighties to 16% in 2016? The presence of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) since 1993 has greatly helped to drive down the rate in the Southeast Asian country. Over the past 25 years, the IFAD has financed total US$565.4 million, with an IFAD investment of US$377.5 million to make 15 rural development projects activated in all … [Read more...] about How does Vietnam rural area change over 25 past years?
Farmers in Minh Thuận commune, U Minh Thượng District, the Mekong Delta province of Kiên Giang prepare water for the next shrimp crop. Localities in the Mekong Delta have shifted 40,000 ha of farming land to aquaculture and growing fruit trees as part of efforts to make climate-smart agriculture. — VNA/VNS Lê Sen HÀ NỘI — As Việt Nam’s agricultural sector is facing serious impacts of climate change, it is necessary to adapt and improve food production. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Lê Quốc Doanh, made the statement at a regional policy forum entitled “Opportunities for Climate-Smart Food System in Viet Nam” held in Hà Nội on Wednesday. Doanh said positive results have been achieved after raising added value and securing sustainable development over the past six years. After the adoption of climate-smart agriculture, localities in the Mekong … [Read more...] about Climate-smart food production key for agricultural sector
Axel Neubert, country director of the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s Vietnam Office During the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, the world leaders agreed on the adoption of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. At the heart of the Agenda are 17 goals, which are built on the Millennium Development Goals but are “more comprehensive and complex and a springboard for continued progress.” The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are the actionable part of Agenda 2030, are designed to balance economic, social, and environmental dimensions of development. At the same time, the SDGs should be implemented in an integrated way to ensure no one is left behind. The principle of ‘leaving no-one behind’ refers not only to the importance of equitable access to developmental outcomes, it also means that implementing the SDGs requires a ‘whole-of-society’ approach with contributions from all sectors of society to the … [Read more...] about Private sector key to achieving SDG 9
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It established 17 Sustainable Development Goals that address critical areas of economic, social and environmental development that impact billions of people. These SDGs were ratified by 193 governments and apply to every country — including the United States. The categories are: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; strong institutions of peace and justice; and partnership to achieve these goals. Alarmingly, three years into the project’s 15-year timetable, the U.N. reports little progress. Funding is trillions of dollars short. The U.S. ranks last among the G20 … [Read more...] about On philanthropy: U.N. Sustainable Development Goals falling short; how to apply an SDG lens to your giving