Cleaning the Battlefields of Vietnam

A thought-provoking article in the New York Times today on a Vietnamese forester’s attempts to clean up environmental pollution left over from the Vietnam Conflict. Phung Tuu Boi, a forester and director of the Center for Assistance in Nature Conservation and Community Development in Hanoi, uses Australian acacia tree to help cleanse denuded forest land on which “Agent Orange” dioxin defoliant had been sprayed. Boi also attempts to seal off “hot spots” of pollution using green fences made of trees covered with cactus-sharp needles. The entire piece serves as a study of how to clean up the environment with almost no funding whatsoever.

[video still courtesey of the New York Times]

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