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Yerevan Mayor’s Response to Alarm Signals on Dried Trees in Park Adjacent to Main Avenue and Vernisazh

092028115131Ecolur informs us that Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan assigned to check the authenticity of the alarm signals on dried trees in the park adjacent to Main Avenue and Vernisazh area ensuring the proper care of green-covered areas.
He mentioned that the enlargement and preservation of green areas has always been in the center of their attention. Taron Margaryan highlighted the impotence of the preservation and proper care of each tree in the above-mentioned area, as it is planned to expand the existing green areas there.

 

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Indonesian Kills more than 100,000 people

According to a new study, a smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused premature 91,600 deaths in Indonesia, 6,500 in Malaysia and 2,200 in Singapore. The haze is an annual problem caused by fires set in forest and on carbon-rich peatland in Indonesia to quickly and cheaply clear land for palm oil and pulpwood plantations.
Indonesian authorities have previously insisted they are stepping up haze-fighting efforts, through such actions as banning the granting of new land for palm oil plantations and establishing an agency to restore devastated peatlands. However, last year’s fires were among the worst since 1997 causing huge numbers to fall ill, including infants.
Greenpeace Indonesia forest campaign Yuyun Indradi said if nothing was done to change the situation, the killer haze would continue on its terrible activity.
The new study be published in journal Environmental Research Letters combines satellite data with models of health impacts from smoke exposure and readings from pollution monitoring stations, estimated that 100,300 had died prematurely due to last year’s fires across the three countries. Shannon Koplitz, a Harvard scientist who worked on the study, said she also hoped the model they had developed could help those involved with tackling the annual blazes make quick decisions “as extreme haze events are unfolding”.

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Not One, but Four Species of Giraffe

The Guardian” informs us that, according to analysis of DNA evidence, there is enough genetic differences to distinguish four distinct species of giraffes, instead of  just one. Interestingly, researchers say that the differences are as large as those between brown bears and polar bears. The most obvious differences are in the shape of giraffes’ patterns and how far they extend, and how many horns the creatures have. The new study also suggested that the four species do not mate with each other in the wild and have been shown to interbreed in captivity. 
Giraffe have suffered a decline in number from around 150,000 across Africa three decades ago to 100,000 today. The decline is caused by habitat loss, fragmentation, increasing land for agricultural needs and illegal hunting. As a single species the giraffe is currently listed as of least concern on the red list of endangered species. However, the situation may change now. If formally recognized as four separate species, three of those four would suddenly be listed in threatened categories on the IUCN red list, which would hopefully catalyze greater efforts to protect them, said Dr Julian Fennessy, lead author of this new study.

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Doñana is in Danger

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The Guardian reports that Doñana, a wetland that is a home to 2,000 species of wildlife, is likely to appear in the Unesco world heritage danger list. It is said to have lost 80% of its natural water supplies due to marsh drainage, intensive agriculture, and water pollution from the mining industry. Now Spain has two options; either to declare Doñana off limits for industrial activity in a report to Unesco or become the first EU country to have a national park classified as being “in danger”.
Eva Hernández, a spokeswoman for WWF, said Doñana’s biodiversity had eroded over the last 40 years. According to her, some things were being done; however, there was some pressure from the side of private and public companies.
Spain has declared the area under Doñana a “strategic gas storage site” and authorized exploration and storage work by Gas Natural Fenosa within the park’s vicinity. Most troubling for conservationists is a plan by the port authority of Seville to dredge the local Guadalquivir River allowing access for cargo and cruise ships in 2018.
Hernández expressed a hope that the Spanish government would finally respond to the international community telling them that as a world heritage site, they have a responsibility to the whole world to protect Doñana.

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“Shaqi” SHPP’s Director Fined

shaqiEcolur informs us that RA Ministry of Environment has fined the director of “Hakobjanyan and Galsyan” Ltd exploiting “Shaqi” SHPP. The reason is the violation of water use permission requirements. According to the Information and Public Relations Department of RA Ministry of Environment, a water use permission process has been launched in the ministry after the conducted the study.
Exploiting “Shaqi” SHPP results in “Shaqi” waterfall drying which is recorded in the list of natural monuments of RA Ministry of Environment.

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A Red River in Russia

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The Guardian reports about the Daldykan river waters in Russia to turn into blood red. World’s biggest producer of nickel and palladium Norilsk Nickel has admitted one of its plants takes the responsibility of turning the water into bright red.
Last week Russia’s environment ministry started an investigation into the accident. Norilsk Nickel was initially refusing to confirm a leak. They were insisting that the heavy rain resulted in water flooding over a filtration dam at the plant and into the river. The company said the accident did not present a danger either for people or fauna in the river. However, environmental activists were sure it was too early to make judgments.  
Local activists announced that media had done their best to whitewash Nadezhda metallurgical plant, the company which was blamed for the spillage. It was funny to the locals to read that the discoloration of the water came naturally from clay. 
Sidor Chuprin, an indigenous activist said there were no environmental officials based on the remote peninsula, and the locals struggled to hold the metals giant to account.

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Japanese Tradition Kills First Dolphins

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According to theguardian, on Friday Japanese fishermen killed the first dolphins of the season in the annual hunt. The local newspaper informs fishermen at the western town of Taiji caught 20 dolphins.

During the six-month hunting season, people from the southwestern town corral hundreds of the mammals into a secluded bay and butcher them, turning the water crimson red. The scene attracted global attention after it was featured in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary The Cove. The movie star, Ric O’Barry was detained earlier this year for almost three weeks after being denied entry to Japan, and was deported from the country.

Every year environmental campaigners visit the town during the terrible events. The authorities make sure to be prevent any clashes between locals and activists.

Defenders of the hunt say it is a tradition and point out that the animals are not endangered.

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Ecological Consequences of Constructing Nuclear Power Station in Metsamor Discussed in Geneva

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This week a Committee session will be held in Geneva which will supervise “Environmental Impact Assessment of Transboundary Context” European Convention’s implementation. Metsamor nuclear power station is among the discussed issues. The members of the committee will analyze actions taken by Armenia in the assessment of ecological consequences of constructing Metsamor nuclear power station.

The convention was started by the UN Economic Commission for Europe, according to which the parties should do the assessment of certain actions’ impact on environment in earlier stages. The members of Convention have agreed on consulting on those big recycling projects which can have dangerous transboundary influence on the environment.

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Legislative Reform Package in the Sphere of Mining

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Legislative Reform Package in the Sphere of Mining

Ecolur informs us the Armenian Government is submitting a package of legislative reforms in the mining field, which suggests that all soil management companies have waste management plan. In case of not implementing the measures laid down in the plan, the authorities for their performance will be handed to RA Nature Protection Ministry, and the company will provide the financing.

According to the amendments, soil management wastes should be recycled. It is also planned to consider industrial wastes as soil management wastes. Those who would like to recycle them shall pay royalties.

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Divesting from Fossil Fuels and Investing in Low Carbon Solutions

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The Green Business Network calls to take an action to address the climate crisis. Creating clean energy economy, especially now with 2015 shattering global records for the hottest temperature and the greatest increase in carbon dioxide, is an important step to be taken. 

Divestment from fossil fuels and investment in low carbon solutions is one of the strategies which moves towards the realization of the set goals.

The Green Business Network, together with the American Sustainable Business Council and the Divest-Invest campaign are cooperating to address the issue. Moving money from carbon intensive investments and driving them towards renewables creates an economy that works for people and the planet.

 

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