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Climate change threatens Vietnam imminently

Friday, June 28, 2019

Subject

Impact of climate change on Vietnam's agriculture.

Significance

The agriculture sector accounts for some 40% of employment in Vietnam and around 15% of its annual export earnings. Meanwhile, the country is experiencing more extreme weather events.

Impacts

  • Critical river dykes and canal banks will erode faster than anticipated, especially in the south.
  • As water-processing plants fail to contend with increasing salt intrusions, contamination levels in food will increase.
  • Crop diversification could reduce Vietnam’s carbon footprint, with more diversified farms acting as carbon sinks.
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