Stories about Environment from November, 2009
Saudi Arabia's second largest city, Jeddah, was struck by heavy floods last week, and the death toll has risen to more than 100 people. Poor infrastructure and mismanagement of city works construction have been blamed, and thousands have joined a Facebook group criticising the authorities.
Misha reflects on the problems of water management in Central Asia against the background of the news about glacial retreat in Kyrgyzstan.
When UK firm Tullow Oil announced its discovery of 600 million barrels of oil in Ghana in 2007, the blogosphere responded with variegated tones of hope and cynicism.
The blogger from Viviendo en Venus [es] , who is currently living in Germany, is concerned about her fellow Ecuadorians who are going through too frequent power outages.
“There is a way that Caribbean music or musical interests create a seamlessness between locations”: Blogging at Paramaribo SPAN, Chris Cozier ruminates on seamless spaces created by sound.
Dipen Bhattacharya at Mukto Mona criticizes the rituals of sacrifices – be it during Kali Puja for Hindus or Eid-ul-Adha sacrifices for Muslims. “Man might need to eat meat, but mass murder of helpless animals using brutal methods cannot be considered self-sacrifice,” he opines.
Supriyo Chaudhuri at Sunday Posts discusses why India must wake up on climate change issues.
Cuba's Generation Y longs for “what seems to be a pipe dream for so many, when the city will not collapse because of a simple shower that falls in the tropics.”
Old trees are cut down in the center of Tashkent – the shocking news was spread in the city within a day. Photo by goricvet Planetrees, or platanus, planted at the end of the 19th century, were cut down in the public garden named after Amir Temur (Tamerlane) in Tashkent...
Angry Chinese blogger blogs about the ongoing destruction of Great Wall as a result of local corporates’ private interest. In a recent case, a 100 meter long Great Wall has been damaged by gold miners in Inner Mongolia.
It is a popular saying in Latin America that women always get what they want. For 20 years, fearless women from the Kichwa community, an indigenous group in Ecuador, have been resisting against oil companies’ presence on their lands.
Martin J Frid from Kurashi reports on a discussion on the projected peak oil crisis and the example of Ogawa organic farming project in prepare for the future.
Serendipity comments that after the devastation of the 2004 Tsunami and the restrictions during the war against the LTTE, the Sri Lankan fishing industry is poised to take off provided there is necessary support from the government.
The world's small-scale farmers grow a large amount of food and provide many important jobs in rural areas. However, they do their work at great economic and environmental risk. How can ICTs make the jobs and lives easier for the world's farmers?
Cochina posts a series of videos showing yesterday's protest against the construction of garbage incinerator in Guangzhou Panyu. ESWN has translated the details of the protest.
Aravanski reports that the Kyrgyz government sharply increased the prices for electricity and heating, making those barely affordable by most citizens.
@Minori_okd points us to the photographic work MINAMATA by W. Eugene Smith and Ailejjen M. Smith that covers the Minamata Disease.
From the tobacco legislation to the carbon footprint post-CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, Coffeewallah asks: “Has everybody in this country lost their cotton picking minds?”
Singapore sources about half of its water supply from its neighbor, Malaysia. It has two major water agreements with Malaysia. One of these agreements will expire two years from now. Malaysia’s former Prime Minister, through his blog, asks if the current government will negotiate for a better deal.
Recently, the Executive Yuan in Taiwan has passed a bill in favor of Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) fourth stage expansion. The construction plan has drawn the attention of ecologists and caused heated discussion in the Taiwan blogosphere. Jeremy explains the problem of the construction plan in a blog post...
Winter is yet to arrive in much of Europe, but one of its geopolitical attributes is already back in the spotlight: fears of disruptions of Russian gas deliveries are growing more intense, due to the recurring dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Politics aside, though, in some of Russia's regions winter has been there since early fall. In Yakutia, for example.