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2008-09-25 06:00:18

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 25 September [Report by Pongphon Sarnsamak: "Concern over parks plan"] A group of environmental activists is urging the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to revise its plan to allow the private sector to invest in national parks. A representative of the group, who wanted to be unnamed, has submitted 239 signatures collected by the website saveoursea.net from naturalists and environmentalists who have great...

2008-08-08 12:00:24

Text of report in English by Bulgarian national news agency BTA website, Sofia, 8 August: ISPA Agency at the Environment and Water Ministry is meeting all requirements to independently manage the funds under the ISPA pre-accession programme, the European Commission confirmed in an official letter as cited by the ministry's centre on Friday [8 August] in a press release. The letter points out that the commission is closing down officially the audit which was started in early 2007. It could...

2008-07-21 12:00:44

Text of report by Croatian public Radio HR1, on 21 July [Presenter] The SDP [opposition Social Democratic Party] has filed a request for criminal charges to be brought against top officials in the Environment Ministry over what it believes are omissions the process of disposal of asbestos waste from the Salonit plant in Vranjic [near Split]. Ivana Subaric-Hedl has the report: [Reporter Subaric-Hedl] More than two months after the public found out about impermissibly high concentrations of...

2006-04-04 06:57:42

MADRID (Reuters) - Steady rain has swollen Spain's water reserves further in the past two weeks, Environment Ministry data showed on Tuesday, easing fears of a repeat of last year's severe drought. Reservoirs are now at 58 percent of their capacity, up from 53.8 percent two weeks ago but still some 14 percent below their average level for the past 10 years. Stocks in the driest area -- the Segura basin in the southeast -- are only 17 percent full and farmers in that and other...

2005-10-26 03:31:35

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan needs to introduce in January 2007 an environment tax on carbon produced by burning fossil fuels because doing so would curb energy use and cut greenhouse gases in line with international efforts to stop global warming, the Environment Ministry said on Wednesday. But it said the introduction of an environment tax on gasoline, diesel and jet fuel should be delayed "for a while" to avoid putting too much economic burden on end-users as they were already paying...

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2005-08-27 09:02:52

BRASILIA, Brazil -- The destruction of the Amazon rain forest has slowed dramatically this year, the government said, but environmentalists said it was too soon to celebrate and urged caution with the statistics. Preliminary data indicate that 3,551 square miles of rain forest was destroyed between August 2004 and July 2005, the Environment Ministry said Friday. The figure was half the area the ministry initially said was razed the previous year - a total that was later revised upward to...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'