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2008-09-29 09:00:28

Uzbekistan urges reasonable use of water resources in Central Asia UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov on Saturday called for reasonable use of water resources in Central Asia so as to prevent ecological damages to the region. "... all of us are laid with responsibility for reasonable use of natural resources, including the transboundary rivers in Central Asia," Norov told world leaders attending the UN General Assembly's annual debate....

2008-09-26 00:00:18

A college has installed an eco-friendly yurt on its campus as a way to practise what it teaches. South Devon College's environment and land-based section installed the portable tent-like structure as its new classroom for students studying environmental courses. Thought to have been used by nomadic tribes as early as the fourth century BC, yurts use naturally sustainable products like wood for the frame and cotton for the canvas. In winter they are insulated with wool or animal fibre...

2008-09-25 12:00:37

Text of report by state-owned Turkmen TV Altyn Asyr channel on 25 September Team of specialists of the Lebapnebitgazgurlusyk [Lebap oil and gas construction] directorate are speeding up the construction of the major Kukurtli-Balguyy gas pipeline [in central Turkmenistan]. The construction of a 60-km sector of the 110-km pipeline has already been completed. The rest of the pipeline will be finished by the end of the current year The commissioning of the pipeline will increase "blue fuel"...

2008-09-23 15:00:29

Text of report by privately-owned Kyrgyz AKIpress news agency website Bishkek, 23 September: A conference on Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen energy, agriculture and water resources issues was held in the city of Almaty on 18-19 September. The [Kyrgyz] Industry, Energy and Fuel Resources Ministry has reported that earlier a similar conference attended by representatives of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan was held on 9-10 September. The conferences were attended by the heads and...

2008-09-23 06:00:29

OKLAHOMA CITY and DALLAS, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OGE Energy Corp. and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. announced today that the parties have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture combining OGE's Enogex midstream business with ETP's interstate operations as well as its midstream operations in the Rocky Mountains. The transaction will create a joint venture with diverse business lines and an expansive geographic platform to pursue growth opportunities in midstream and...

2008-09-22 09:00:49

Turkmenistan-China natual gas pipeline to go into operation on schedule: president ALMATY, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has said the pipeline designed to transport Turkmenistan's natural gas to China would go into operation as scheduled, according to news reports from Ashgabat Friday. Berdymukhamedov made the remarks Thursday when inspecting the pipeline project, Turkmenistan's state news agency reported. Turkmenistan and China, with their leaders...

2008-09-19 06:00:26

Azerbaijan, along with other Central Asian gas producing countries, has to make a swift choice with regard to NABUCO project, Turan's analytical piece has concluded. As the West and Russia are at loggerheads over energy issues, the regional countries have to hurry and contribute to the plans of the tested and reliable partners, the article concludes. The strike on Georgia was actually an indirect blow on the whole Caspian oil and gas geopolitics of the West and should have been a severe...

2008-09-16 09:00:44

ASHGABAT. Sept 13 (Interfax) - Turkmenistan will expand geological prospecting operations inside the country and increase oil and gas production in the period up to 2030. "The Turkmen oil and gas industry development program designed for the period up to 2030 includes significant targets to expand the scope of geological prospecting work inside the country and significantly increase oil and gas production and supplies of their derivatives to domestic consumers and to foreign markets,"...

2008-09-12 12:00:18

A Kyrgyz paper says Central Asian states should reach a compromise on energy and water issues. It says that Central Asian countries still have not come to an agreement on the joint use of water resources in the region and their relations on this issue are becoming more complicated. The following is an excerpt from an article by Dina Maslova entitled: "A box with valuables on a powder keg", published by the Kyrgyz newspaper Vecherniy Bishkek on 1 August; subheadings inserted editorially:...

2008-09-11 09:00:20

Text of report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Almaty, 11 September: The Syr Darya basin countries have failed to agree on the most topical issue - rational use of river water. The heads of water and energy facilities in the Central Asian states admitted that they practically reached deadlock in Astana yesterday evening. They were expecting to reach a unanimous decision and conclude multilateral agreements for the nearest five years. They were also planning to prepare for the winter...


Latest Central Asia Reference Libraries

Mediterranean Black Widow, Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of date, though it is still commonly found in the literature. Many consider this spider a Latrodectus...

Kazakh Steppe
2013-04-18 23:05:43

The Kazakh Steppe, alternatively called Kirghiz Steppe, ecoregion located in the Palearctic Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands Biome, is a wide region of open grassland in the northern part of Kazakhstan and adjacent portions of Russia, stretching eastwards to the Pontic steppe and to the west of the Emin Valley steppe, with which it creates part of the Eurasian steppe. The steppe stretches out more than 2,200 kilometers from the area east of the Caspian Depression and north of...

Pontic-Caspian Steppe
2013-04-18 22:55:55

The Pontic-Caspian Steppe is the massive steppeland that stretches from the northern shores of the Black Sea as far east as the Caspian Sea, from western Ukraine across the Southern Federal District and the Volga Federal District of Russia to western Kazakhstan, creating part of the larger Eurasian steppe, adjacent to the Kazakh steppe towards the east. It’s a portion of the Palearctic temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregion of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and...

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2009-07-01 13:55:01

The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. This region is the largest ecozone on Earth. It includes the regions of Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the northern and central regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic includes mostly boreal forest and temperate climate regions, which are found throughout Eurasia from western Europe to the Bering Sea. There are five sub-regions of the Palearctic: European-Siberian, Mediterranean...

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2009-07-01 11:16:49

The yellow sac spider (Cheiracanthium punctorium) is a spider that is found from Central Asia to central Europe. The yellow sac spider can reach about 0.6 inches in length. This spider can penetrate the human skin. The bite of this spider may feel similar to a wasp sting though it may be a bit more severe, however susceptible persons may have stronger reactions such as nausea. Female yellow sac spiders build about a 4 centimeter egg-sac in tall grass. It is aggressively defended and opens...

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