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Specialists accuse government of incapacity in prevention of fires
Publish Time: 2017-08-29 18:14:00
Specialists accuse the government of incapacity in prevention of fires. Despite the fact that the authorities worked out a national strategy in reduction of catastrophes risk, representatives of non-governmental organizations claim that not a single institution took actual measures. Ministry of Environment Protection denies allegations.
Delegation of Environment Ministry visiting Lithuania
Publish Time: 2017-07-29 16:26:00
The delegation of Georgian Ministry of Environment is visiting Lithuania to hold discussions about forest management policy, forest department structure and facing challenges. The Georgian side is holding meetings to bring the legislation in compliance with European Union requirements. Deputy Minister is heading the delegation.
Sakdrisi Protection Committee demands publicizing of RMG Company’s activities
Update Time: 2017-07-21 16:18:00
Sakdrisi Gold Mine Protection Committee demands publicizing of RMG Gold Company’s activities from the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources. This refers to a conclusion prepared by Supervision Service of Environment Protection based on research carried out in 2016. According to Nino Burchuladze, a representative of the Committee, they are familiar with the document content and results of the study are alarming. Burchuladze claims that the amount of damage inflicted to the environment by the company in Bolnisi district of Kvemo Kartli region exceeds hundreds of millions GEL.
Trillion-Ton Iceberg Breaks off Antartica
Publish Time: 2017-07-12 17:01:00
The gigantic mass of ice, estimated to be more than 200 meters thick, covers an area of roughly 6,000 square kilometers – about four times the size of London.On Wednesday, a U.S. satellite observed that an existing crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf appears to have broken through. As recent as one week ago, the Delaware-size iceberg was threatening to disconnect from the ice shelves. Experts had been monitoring the development of the crack for more than a decade.According to the scientists, the iceberg will likely be named A68. The gigantic mass of ice, estimated to be more than 200 meters thick, covers an area of roughly 6,000 square kilometers – about a quarter the size of Wales or four times the size of London with a volume believed to be twice that of Lake Erie.The iceberg has yet to move, but currents and winds might push it north of the Antarctic where it could prove bothersome to ships. Its immobility, however, could be charged to it being grounded on underwater hills or to the effects of sea currents and winds.Antarctic research scientists believe that "There is a risk that Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbor, Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event in 1995."Or it could simply remain where it is (some have for up to 20 years), float away in one piece or break up into smaller icebergs.According to scientists, Larsen C is now at its smallest extent and about 10 other shelves further to the north along the Peninsula have either collapsed or retreated significantly in recent decades.Two nearby, smaller shelves, Larsen A and Larsen B, disintegrated around the turn of the century – warming climate likely played a role in their demise.The largest iceberg observed in the satellite era was an object called B-15. It came away from the Ross Ice Shelf in 2000 and measured about 11,000 square kilometers.In 1956, it was reported that a U.S. Navy icebreaker had encountered an object of roughly 32,000 square kilometers – bigger than Belgium. But, there were no satellites to confirm the sighting, http://www.telesurtv.net reported.
National Agency of Environment Protection presents report
Publish Time: 2017-06-13 11:58:00
The National Agency of Environment Protection presented report in connection with the 2nd anniversary of June 13, 2015 deadly flooding in Tbilisi. The document presents results of the research carried out by specialists. Two stations are installed in natural calamity area which provides the agency with the information about the amount of precipitation.
Ship under Panama flag was detained
Publish Time: 2017-05-14 09:36:00
The officers of the Black Sea Conventional Inspection along with Border Police arrested a vessel, which was sailing under Panama flag. The ship crew has been fined with 65 000 GEL for pollution that of the Black Sea water area with excrements near Poti Port.Vessel will be released right after the fine payment.
President’s Administration joins “Let Us Unite to Save Borjomi Forest”
Update Time: 2017-05-13 16:32:00
Georgian President’s Administration has joined the campaign “Let Us Unite to Save Borjomi Forest.” Employees of the Presidential Administration planed various trees on the territory of Borjomi Plato.
Ecologic problems discussed at Office of New Georgia Party
Publish Time: 2017-04-26 12:22:00
Ecologic problems in Tbilisi were discussed at the office of New Georgia Party. Giorgi Vashadze, Leader of the party said that air pollution was the main problem that was caused by car emissions, law quality fuel, cut trees and shortage of recreational zones.The party presented its visions how to resolve the problem that will be submitted to Tbilisi City Hall and Sakrebulo (City Assembly).
Meeting with Slovak businesspersons about allocation of ecologically clean petrol stations
Publish Time: 2017-04-26 10:54:00
Georgian Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Slovak businesspersons discussed allocation of ecologically clean petrol stations in Georgia. The sides also considered the issue of construction of micro-electric stations. The project aims at promotion of Green Economy.
Trees planted in Nikozi village
Publish Time: 2017-04-15 16:21:00
Oak trees were planted in Nikozi village. Teachers of the local kindergarten, school students, villagers and representatives of Environment Protection Monitoring Department participated in the planting activity.
Cleaning activity in Surami
Publish Time: 2017-04-15 12:41:00
Cleaning activity was held in Surami town. Territories of several tourist destinations were cleared from litter including Surami Fortress, Baiantkhevi Forest and Lesia Ukrainska Museum. About 200 locals took part in the activity. Similar events will continue in other regions of Georgia.
Georgia joins Earth Hour
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:33:00
“Change Climate Change” is the slogan with which the world marks Earth Hour today. Georgia has joined the large-scale activity and expresses support to the green and safe future. A concert is underway at Dedaena (Mother Tongue) Garden in Tbilisi. Electricity will be cut off to administrative buildings and lights will be put out at sightseeing sites.
Fact of Black Sea pollution revealed
Publish Time: 2017-03-19 12:49:00
The fact of Georgian territorial waters pollution has been identified.A ship sailing under flag of Palau spilt fecal masses in Poti port of the Black Sea.The captain is to pay the penalty in the amount of 65 thousand GEL. In addition the penalty for damage inflicted to the environment. The ship will leave the territorial waters after paying the fine.
Environment Minister holds meeting with pupils in Pankisi Gorge
Update Time: 2017-03-11 16:28:00
Gigla Agulashvili, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources held a meeting with pupils of public schools in Pankisi Gorge. The minister talked about various projects and answered questions of school students.
Exhibition at Goethe Institute
Update Time: 2017-02-17 13:05:00
Goethe Institute hosted an exhibition “Eco Thinking – Learn from Nature.” The exhibition provided spaces to 4 elements – air, water, fire and land for photos and motion stands. The exhibition was opened within the framework of Georgia-Germany Friendship year.
First Sahara desert snow in 40 years captured in photographs
Publish Time: 2016-12-21 17:04:00
An amateur photographer has captured rare and beautiful images of the first snowfall in the Sahara desert for nearly 40 years.Karim Bouchetata photographed the fleeting scene on Monday in the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which lies in the Atlas Mountains on the northern edge of the desert, The Independent reported. In his images a thin layer of snow rests on deep orange dunes, where he said it stayed for about a day, and forms whirling patterns where the slopes are too steep for it to settle. Snow was reportedly last seen in Ain Sefra in 1979, when a half-hour snowstorm stopped traffic.Mr Bouchetata said: "Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence. "It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away."Ain Sefra, founded in 1881 as a French garrison town and known as "The Gateway to the Desert", sees average high temperatures of more than 37C in summer and has notched record lows of -10.2C in winter, though the average hovers around freezing.
Five leopard cubs born in Azerbaijan
Publish Time: 2016-12-01 16:49:00
The Azerbaijani Ecology Ministry has announced about birth of five leopard cubs. The birth of the cubs has raised hopes for further growth in number of leopards in the country.The measures taken for protection of the wild nature in Azerbaijan have yielded results, as population of some rare species started to increase in the country, according to the ministry.“The recent picture of the female leopard with two cubs shot this autumn in the Hirkan Park is evidence to this. The pictures of the leopard were taken by camera traps installed in territory of the reserve by the International Dialogue for Environmental Action (IDEA), Azerbaijan's Ecology Ministry and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF),” the Ministry said, emphasizing that the photos prove the natural increase in the population of leopards in the Hirkan park.Moreover, in the Zangezur National Park of Nakhchivan cameras captured a leopard family with three cubs. Security measures have been strengthened in the Park , the ministry said.This predatory beast lived in vast area throughout the Caucasus just a thousand years ago, but in the 20th century, the area of their living significantly reduced.The Caucasian leopard is one of the biggest of the eight recognized sub species of leopard. They live mainly in remote, mountainous habitats which can range from dry and arid areas to forested regions and even extend up into snowy mountain ranges.Until the early 2000s, very little information was available about leopards living in the territory of Azerbaijan. But thanks to the studies of past years, Azerbaijani zoologists discovered their traces in Hirkan forest, Nakhchivan and Mingachevir water reservoir.With the aim of protecting a
20°C North Pole temperature rise rings alarm bells
Publish Time: 2016-11-19 19:35:00
The North Pole is recording temperatures 20 degrees C (36 degrees Fahrenheit) above average, alongside a record low extent of sea ice for October, sending climate change alarm bells ringing around the world.It is polar night in the region now, when night lasts for more than 24 hours and the Arctic is supposed to get super-cold. October, in fact, is the first full month when sea ice is supposed to grow. Instead, the ice area is 28.5% below the 1981-2010 average, the smallest extent since records began to be maintained in 1979. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared this October the third warmest on record behind 2014 and 2015.The Arctic is the "canary in the coal mine" for global warning, NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden said, as reported by Times of India.NOAA meteorologists said the Arctic has been unusually warm for a long period of time.Parts of Greenland, including the top of Greenland's ice sheet, were over 7 degrees Celsius warmer than average last month. There has been a "meteoric rise in October temperatures on Alaska's north slope," said Rick Thoman, NOAA 's climate science and services manager in Alaska.
Tbilisi residents demand opening of Central Park
Update Time: 2016-11-05 20:14:00
Discussions about opening of a Central Park in Tbilisi are ongoing. The idea came about after social campaign was launched in social networks. Citizens demand creation of the recreational zone with purpose to improve ecologic situation in Georgia’s capital city. Tbilisi City Hall says that the idea about arrangement of a park across Temka district’s territory already exists.
Paris climate change agreement enters into force
Update Time: 2016-11-05 16:19:00
The Paris agreement on climate change entered into force on Friday, marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises. The passage of the accord – the fruit of more than two decades of often tortuous international negotiations on combating climate change – was hailed by nations and observers around the world.Under the agreement, all governments that have ratified the accord, which includes the US, China, India and the EU, now carry an obligation to hold global warming to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels. That is what scientists regard as the limit of safety, beyond which climate change is likely to become catastrophic and irreversible.Countries have put forward commitments on curbing carbon emissions under the agreement, but a report on Thursday found those pledges would see temperature rises significantly overshoot the threshold, with 3C of warming. Environmental groups urged governments to do more, The Guardian reports.