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Posts with label 'Vietnam'
Climate Change Education: AMDI staff discuss the meaning of CC impact cartoons with women at Xeo Quao village. (Cr. Pakprim Oranop-na-Ayuthaya/DAI)

“For the first time in fifteen years, my rice crop has completely failed,”
says Mr. Le Hoang An, a farmer from Thuan Hoa commune in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
“We didn’t get enough rain to wash the salt from the field, so the rice died when its roots hit the salty layer in the soil.”

Rice field and aquaculture in Thuan Hoa commune. (Photo Cr.: Donald Bason)

It’s a sunny day and temperatures are already well above 30 degrees. On the back of a motorbike, we are travelling down the small paved road in the coastal commune of Thuan Hoa in Vietnam’s Kien Giang Province. We pass rice paddies, chickens, dogs, children and small houses. We are on our way to visit Mr. Tiet Xay, one of many farmers doing a rotation farming system between rice and shrimp culture in the commune. Just arrived in the commune and seeing the rice/shrimp farming systems for the first time, As I travel on the back of the motorbike, I think about aquaculture and how the development of this sector is progressing rapidly in Asia.

Water Way in Thuan Hoa Commune (Photo Cr. Ngo Cong Chinh/AMDI)

A few months ago, people in Bangkok were wearing winter coats and scarves! Bangkok is normally blazing hot no matter what time of year. We northern-faring expats like to say there are two seasons here – hot, and hotter; but, not the case this past winter. December and January were cool, crisp, and unbelievably pleasant. If this is climate change in Bangkok, then sign me up!

Meanwhile, from the opposite side of the planet in North America, over the past months I’ve heard distinct words repeated again and again with each Skype call to a family member or friend in the Midwest – sub-zero, arctic, icy, dangerously cold… and of course, the ominous sounding “Polar Vortex.”  We may be sweltering in Bangkok’s April heat now, but I’m still seeing images of snow on the Facebook images of friends from the U.S.

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