Stories about Environment from August, 2009
Anguilla: The Fly
Corruption-free Anguilla says that a fly infestation at a particular garbage dump “results from a failure to deal with the garbage correctly”, adding: “The culprit is one of our biggest hotel developments.”
Russia: Two Photos of Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam
LJ user drugoi visits Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric dam, posts two photos and writes (RUS) about the colossal damage done to the facility on Aug. 17: “It seems that it's easier to build a new power plant than to clear up the huge amount of deformed metal and restore the turbine hall.”
Stepping Stones describes an accidental stopover at a honey-processing place located on a beautiful lake in southern Albania.
Ghana: Ghanaians wont be chewing their chicken bones
Ghanaians will not be chewing their chicken bones!: “It turns out the Ghanaian parliament and U.S. Congress are working on passing a Bill known as the “Biosafety Act” which will allow the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into Ghana's food chain.”
Taiwan: Post-typhoon reconstruction attracts criticism
After Typhoon Morakot hit Taiwan earlier this month claiming hundreds of lives and making thousands homeless, the government is pushing forward a recovery plan. Michael Turton writes that the Ma government's post-typhoon reconstruction plan is a shock doctrine.
Caribbean: Climate Change Concerns
The threat of rising sea levels is of concern to CARICOM [the 15-nation Caribbean community]. Repeating Islands explains.
Barbados: Illegal Fishing
Poachers at Barbados’ Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary are reportedly released from police custody, leaving The Bajan Reporter to question how committed the Environment Ministry is to its cause.
Paramaribo SPAN features the photography of Reshma Kirpalani who, upon her return to Suriname, intends “to explore this country just as it exists, at this point in time: on the eve of an election year, on the brink of progress, in the ebb and flow of inevitability.”
India: A wave of suicides among farmers
Increasingly, Indian farmers are resorting to extreme measures, including suicide, to escape complex problems of poverty, crop failure and growing debt. Indian bloggers analyze the situation.
Global: Ramadan Mubarak
With the advent of Ramadan around the globe this weekend, Muslim and non-Muslim bloggers everywhere are wishing each other Ramadan mubarak (or "blessed Ramadan").
Peru: Contamination in Mining Town La Oroya
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights recently declared the petition admissible against the Peruvian State for committing human rights abuses against the residents of the mining city of La Oroya.
Greece: Wildfires encroaching on Athens
Forest fires are blazing still closer to Athens, the capital of Greece, threatening to consume even more land and property. Meanwhile, citizens are tracking developments via the web and Twitter.
Jamaica: Never Can Say Goodbye
Snailwriter says that a recent road trip across Jamaica has been like saying goodbye to so many natural treasures: “I have been an advocate for the natural environment for more than twenty years…and now I must face the fact that still, after all the effort, our natural resources are put...
Japan: Whaling. Scientific research or commercial hunting?
Only "scientific whaling" is allowed in Japan, since commercial whaling was banned in 1986. But this is often regarded by environmental organizations as a ruse to continue commercial hunting.
Brunei: Water supply situation
Rozan Yunos writes about the water supply situation in Brunei today.
Peru: Lawsuit Against Government for Allowing Mining Contamination
The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights has admitted into court the case against the Peruvian government for crimes against humanity for allowing the Doe Run Peru mining company for “poisoning” the people of the community of La Oroya from their activities informs Isabel Guerra of Living in Peru.
China: CO2 emissions will peak at 2030
Elaine Chow at Shanghaiist quotes from National Development and Reform Commission on the CO2 emissions trend in China. The report said that China's CO2 emissions will peak at 2030.
Ukraine: “Radiant Girl”
Chernobyl and Eastern Europe reviews “Radiant Girl” by Andrea White – a children's book about a young survivor of the Chernobyl catastrophe.
Russia: “The Island of the Wild Horses”
Soviet Russia writes about “the island of the wild horses” in southern Russia.
Dominican Republic: Solving the Issue of Power Outages
Power outages are a daily reality for the Dominican Republic. The government has not been able to solve the issue of the blackouts, but hope the new head of the energy department can.
Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.V.I.: Hurricane Bill
Caribbean bloggers on Hurricane Bill – here, here and here.