Stories about Environment from October, 2006
Albania: Homemade Raki
“…After two weeks, the grapes were ready to be turned into raki. First they were loaded into the still…” – Step by step, Our Man in Tirana shows how a container full of homegrown grapes eventually yields 12 liters of homemade raki.
India: Rescuing Wildlife
The Doodle Spot looks into the issues that come up when ordinary people rescue wildlife. “Handicapped by the lack of guidelines that prescribe how to rear, where to rehabilitate these animals and with little scientific background and usually nil post-rehab monitoring, it is difficult for rehabilitators to judge if their...
Lebanon: Communities and Contradictions
The Lebanese blogosphere is growing like crazy. This means that the following summary is not all inclusive. And in the attempt to cover as many new blogs or newly discovered blogs as possible, other interesting posts and/or blogs are missed. But you can always find links to worthy blogs in...
Bolivia: Agrarian Reform
Wes Enzinna guest-blogs at Blog from Bolivia about Evo Morales’ land reform plan and the resistance it has met.
China: dam project in tiger leaping gorge
DANWEI has a post on the future and potential conflict of the dam construction plan in the tiger leaping gorge in Yunnan province.
Belize: Dog's eye view
Belizean canine blogger Nurse Melly reports on the progress of an animal shelter being build on Caye Ambergris and admonishes humans for feeding crocodiles.
Tanzania: agricultural residues for low-cost housing
African Architecture and Design writes about the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy:”One of the 2006 finalists for using agricultural residues to fire high-quality bricks for low-cost housing is the Mwanza Rural Housing Programme (MRHP), Tanzania.”
Armenia: Critical Mass
At ArmYouth Blog, akhtamar reports on October 22nd's Critical Mass in Yerevan.
China: water in Beijing
Joel Martinsen in DANWEI translates a discussion about water conservation in Beijing, one of the measure is a ID system for water consumption.
Global Warming in Madagascar
Lakes Region, Madagascar. Photo by Claude Springer. After seeing Al Gore's film on global warming, Malagasy blogger Aiky from group blog Madagascar Croissance, reflected this week on the effects of global warming in his country, stirring up debate among commentators to the blog. Rainfall, Hurricane and Letchi Harvest Dans l'état...
Malawi: innovative use of SMS in Malawi
Mangaliso's World writes about innovative use of SMS applications in Malawi, “Observing carefully at the market cellular phone operators Telekom Networks Malawi is leading the way on added sms services initiatives. Theservices span from agriculture sector to your personal convinience.”
Laos: Vegetable Garden
The blogger at laocuisine.net introduces some vegetables from Laos that the blogger has been growing in her garden.
Tahiti: Google Earth Shots
Tavana Daniel of Tahiti: Litterature is (Fr) happy google earth updated their aerial shots of Tahiti but laments that the picture was not taken on a sunny day. She provides pictures.
Bermuda: Green Day
Adjustah provides a roundup of the recent commentary from his fellow Bermudian bloggers, noting that today several of them are observing “Green Day” in protest of the preservation of the Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. The Save the Gardens blog has posted photos of people wearing green, holding “Save the Gardens”...
Kyrgyzstan & Azerbaijan: Pollution
Ben Paarman notes that Kyrgyzstan's Mailuu Suu has been listed as one of the ten most polluted sites on earth by a US environmental group. Elsewhere in Central Asia and the Caucasus, a site in Azerbaijan makes the list.
Croatia: Online Discussions Overview
Some Croats feel nostalgic when they think about Tito's Yugoslavia, which broke into pieces in 1992. Turbo Kvrcko posts a funny “Wanted” image that depicts why he misses the good old times (HRV): WANTED Josip Broz Tito Beyond reasonable doubt, he has committed the following “criminal acts”: he didn’t allow...
Lebanon: Beirut and Blogging
This week some of the bloggers of the Lebanese blogosphere flirt with Beirut and with blogging. But you will always find politics, religion and war. Remember that Lebanon is in the Middle East. Why do you blog? Why do I blog? Why does Maya[at]NYC blog: Why do people blog, anyway!...
Mongolia: Drinking Water
At A Year in Mongolia, Alexa discusses an impressive-sounding World Bank proposal for increasing access to and affordability of water in Mongolia only to find out that the same plan tried elsewhere achieved little.
Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala: Volcano cams
Liz Henry gives a guided webcam tour of Latin America's volcanoes.
Bahamas: The Nassau Institute
Bahamian Sir Arthur Foulkes is highly critical of the Nassau Institute's anti-Kyoto Protocol stance: “it is quite foolish of them and others who are similarly inclined, to sling the charge of “anti-Americanism” against Bahamians who dare to criticize the policies of the US Government.“
Kenya: Oil as a gift?
Afromusing comments on the news that Kenya gave China six oil blocks as a gift: “What. The. Fuzz. Since when did start ‘gifting’ natural resources to other countries, something’s off, either the article misrepresents the agreement and creates the impression that Kenya is just giving stuff away…what is in it...