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· January, 2008

Stories about Environment from January, 2008

Turkmenistan: U.S. Active in Ashgabat

Maciula writes about increasing levels of American diplomatic activity in Turkmenistan and the prospects of building the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline.

Japan: Whale as Food Culture

Lee from Toyko Times blogs about Japan Prime Minister Fukuda's defence for whale research while public discourse is about food culture.

South Africa: No Light at the End of the Tunnel…

South Africa's main electricity provider, Eskom, has recently been getting a lot of flak from the South African population due to the "load-shedding" tactics being implemented to make sure supply...

Brazil: Amazon, deforestation and the future

“If you want to see what would happen to Amazon if deforestation does not come to a halt, you can see a simulation developed by the Institute of Environmental Research...

Sustainable development: all talk, no action

In Madagascar, Blog d'hiver mocks the “incessant” seminars and colloquiums on sustainable development [Fr], which the blogger suggests “masks [industry's] fundamental difficulty to take action and change its practices.”

China: Xi Hu's White Winter

ShaoShilong posts some great pictures of Xi Hu or West Lake in white winter.

Trinidad & Tobago: On Not Eating Meat

“I am not the preachy sort of vegetarian,” declares Trinidadian Nicholas Laughlin, as he links to an article that “summarises so succinctly the good reasons to stop eating meat–or at...

Tajikistan: Energy Crisis at the Boiling Point

Vadim says that Tajikistan is going to have more problems with electricity supply in the beginning of February.

Using Web2.0 tools for Environmental Activism

To borrow a leaf from the Global voices Sub Saharan Editor's post on cyber-activism in the aftermath of the elections in Kenya; we take a look at how environmental bloggers...

Morocco: The Big Cities

Morocco is well-known for lots of things: mint tea, couscous, a film mostly unrelated to the country...And of course, its big cities, several of which were the topic of posts...

Palestine: Qassams, Gas or Hamas?

Is it the Qassams, gas or Hamas that brought on the latest crisis in Gaza. Palestinian Haitham Sabbah spells out his thoughts in this post.

Israel: Gaza's Electricity Consumption

From Jerusalem, Gideon Lichfield writes about how much electricity Gaza consumes.”Assuming 1.4m people live in Gaza (some say 1.5m), and that its peak wintertime electricity consumption — ie, when Israel...

Tajikistan: Energy crisis aggravates

Vadim reports that Uzbekistan is limiting supplies of natural gas to the already freezing Tajikistan because of big debt.

Costa Rica: Environmental Rankings

Costa Rica ranked 5th in the world and 1st in the Americas according to an environmental index released by Yale and Columbia universities. The study, which looked at each country's...

MENA: Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr…It's Freezing

Brrrr... It's freezing in the Middle East is the message that has been popping up on blogs recently. Here's a round up of what some of the region's bloggers had...

Burkina Faso: Rites, festivals and a new book

Like anywhere else in the world, there is a season to everything in Burkina Faso: rites of passage, camel and horse racing, literature and death.

Portugal: Getting ready for critical mass bike day

This Friday, there will be a Critical Mass bike gathering in many parts of the world, showing how easy and enjoyable traveling in a sustainable way can be. Pimenta Negra...

Nepal: Beyond the fuel crisis

Nepal Monitor on why it's important to look beyond the issue of price hike of fuels, and think about the actual reasons for the crisis.

Environment: Global roundup of Enviroblogs.

Environmental blogs around the world are addressing a myriad issues specific to their region, but of global concern. In DRC the Gorilla Protection blog is pondering what a peace deal...

Environment: Nobel Laureate speaks out on security in Kenya

From Pambazuka:Prof. Wangari Maathai, a nobel laureate (Environment) speaks out against the loss of lives and property in Kenya. “She said although such clashes had a history, the Government had...

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