Stories about Environment from June, 2008
Bhutan: The cost of electricity
Whatever Matters on the increase in the price of electricity in Bhutan.
Russia, Ukraine: Energy Issues
Kremlin.Inc posts his presentation on Ukraine's energy policy; Robert Amsterdam writes on Gazprom and Anatoly Chubais.
Israel: Drinking Tap Water Good For Your Health
“Drink tap water, trust me,” Amir Mizroch of Forecast Highs urges. “The desalination plant in Ashkelon… is one of the most technologically advanced facility of its kind in the world… But there seems to be a vast disconnect between the contention by experts that desalinated tap water is clean and...
Serbia: Belgrade River Pollution
LimbicNutrition Weblog writes about the sorry state of Belgrade's rivers.
Trinidad & Tobago: Glass Towers
A Trinidadian blogger fears that what sets the island apart is being lost among the tall buildings going up in Port of Spain. Why does the glass have to be half empty or half full? asks why do “we deny our people the right to our waterfront? Where is the...
Cuba: Exploring Oil
The Cuban Triangle is puzzled by a Florida Congressional delegation's idea that Cuba should be blocked from drilling for oil in its own Gulf waters. He says comments by Senator Mel Martinez, reported in El Nuevo Herald, must sound to Cuban readers, “as if he thinks he is in charge...
Jordan: Noting Changes
Jordanian ASKAdenia [Ar] is back home for a visit and notes several changes in his country. Among them is the skyrocket prices of fuel and other commodities, as well as the presence of large numbers of Iraqis.
Kazakhstan: Freedom House blames Astana
Zhanna Zhukova reports that Freedom House said yesterday that the resource curse in energy-rich Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan is taking root.
Barbados: Solar Power
Barbados Underground makes the case for solar power, and says for the “first time in history, cost-competitive solar power is now within the planning horizon of every utility in the nation.”
Laos: Hydropower Plants
Phanomsinh has set up a blog to give regular updates about the construction of hydropower plants and dams in Laos
China: Measures to cut down on Beijing smog implemented
New traffic measures aimed at reducing pollution in time for the Olympics are now in place, writes Austin Ramzy at The China Blog. The test run last year didn't impress locals much, and others doubt the measures will even make a difference.
Armenia: Regional Supermarket
Blogrel comments on news that a Yerevan-based supermarket chain has opened a store outside of the capital. The blog wonders how such a development will affect small stores and market traders in the regions.
Sheki, Azerbaijan reports that everyone is getting ready for mulberry season in the country. The blog says that in addition to being quite tasty, they are also healthy and excellent as a source of vitamins as well helping strengthen the immune system.
Big Foot in Sarawak?
Is Big Foot in Sarawak? A pair of giant footprints in a village in Sarawak was discovered by residents and is gaining some attention.
Costa Rica: The Active Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano near the Costa Rican town of La Fortuna de San Carlos has been especially active in recent weeks writes The Real Costa Rica Blog.
African Pioneers Win Green Energy Prize
The African Uptimist congratulates three African companies for winning the 2008 Ashden Awards.
Trinidad & Tobago: Wildlife in Peril
The re-introduction of the Blue and Gold Macaw to Trinidad's Nariva Swamp some years ago was a triumph for environmentalists. Why does the glass have to be half empty or half full? is outraged at the news that the successful breeding programme has been endangered by poachers.
Trinidad & Tobago: Watching (out for) Whales
Life from a caffeine hyped point of view takes issue with some of the justifications being made for the resumption of commercial whaling—and recalls the day she found herself “holding a whale” off the southeastern coast of Trinidad.
Japan: Greenpeace Members Arrested
Martin J Frid from Kurashi blogs about the arrest of two Greenpeace members in Japan. The arrest is related to the whale meat scandal.
South Korea: Sentiment Behind Anti Beef Protest
Korea Beat looked into the sentiment of protesters in the anti-U.S beef demonstration by some protest statistics. Ask a Korean pointed out earlier that the leaders and participants of demonstrations are different in their attitude towards U.S.
China: Olympic trash
Fast fact from the Sierra Club blog The Green Life: Organizers of the Beijing Olympics expect the daily garbage load from the Athletes Village to reach 110,000 pounds.