St. Patrick’s Day may have come and gone, but there’s more emerald-themed nightlife happenings this month with the next installment of Green Drinks, the Ho Chi Minh City branch of the worldwide environmental event series.

Head over to QD Bar & Lounge at 138 Ton That Dam in District 1 tomorrow evening, March 30, to clink glasses and get informed about Green Business, from carbon credits to green manufacturing. The presentations and Q&A session will be lead by Tau Van Ngoc, international consultant for and co-founder of Hanam Carbon, and Melissa Merryweather, the founder of consultancy firm Green Consult-Asia and southern regional coordinator for the Vietnam Green Building Council.

The presenters will address a number of questions. What are the opportunities for green business — the REAL ones? What’s holding Vietnam back? What do we need to do to make green business real and viable?

The RMIT Vietnam Environment Club will also introduce their latest activities and update the crowd on how they can get involved in Earth Day, which celebrates its 40th anniversary on April 22.

Contributed by Tom DiChristopher


Nguyen Huy Kham for Time magazine

It looks like the Mekong River Delta isn’t Vietnam’s only waterway in peril. Last month, contributing editor Thomas Maresca reported on the dangers facing the Mekong in “Delta Blues” (vol 23), and on Thursday, Martha Anne Overland contributed a feature on the drought affecting the Red River’s dangerously low water levels for TIME magazine. Overland touches on a number of the issues Tom covered, including complications due to damming upstream, increase salinity and the impending threat of large-scale crop failure. She also brings up some shocking new developments. According to the article, the drought is the worst in more than 100 years, with water levels at an all-time low of 0.68 meters since records began being kept in 1902. Read the whole story here.

Emma Lynch for the BBC

In last month’s AsiaLIFE, our first annual Insight Issue, we spoke to Dr. Le Thanh Sang about how sociologists and demographers can help the country prepare for the effects of climate change on hundreds of at-risk communities in the low-lying Mekong Delta. This week, the BBC also gave the region its attention, running an excellent slideshow called Adapting to climate change in the Mekong Delta.

There are some striking images in the essay, including a shot of a man standing beneath his father’s elevated tomb, which the father asked his son to raise on stilts so he wouldn’t be “‘drowned’ after death.”

Thanks to Simon Christy from the HCM City branch of Green Drinks for sharing this link with us. Simon and the folks at Green Drinks organize regular talks on climate change and environmental issues in Vietnam.