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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. 
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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
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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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Two stations opened to charge electric automobiles
Publish Time: 2016-11-05 16:17:00
Two stations were opened in Tbilisi to charge electric automobiles – one at Europe Square and the other – at the road leading to Turtle Lake. Irakli Lekvinadze, Deputy Tbilisi Mayor opened the station at Europe Square. Tbilisi City Hall handed over the territory to I SfeiSS Company free of charge to install the stations. Opening of 100 such stations is planned by the end of 2017. 
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Local plan of Botanic Garden and Tabori Mount approved
Publish Time: 2016-11-01 18:33:00
With 24 votes for and 5 - against, Tbilisi Sakrebulo approved a local plan of Botanic Garden and Tabori Mount presented by Co-Investment Fund.  Oppositional members of City Assembly demanded that the issue was taken out of the working agenda. 
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Bear looked for in Tbilisi
Update Time: 2016-10-18 18:45:00
A bear is looked for in Tbilisi by Animals’ Monitoring Service of Tbilisi City Hall. The service received a call from one of the residents last night who reported that he had seen the bear at Ikalto Mount. Five groups of Monitoring Service are working at Bukia Garden, former Hippodrome territory and Pnaskerteli Street. Neither Tbilisi Zoo nor Circus confirms the information about lost of the bear.  
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Modern equipment handed over to Environment Protection National Agency
Update Time: 2016-09-17 16:33:00
Modern equipment has been handed over to Environment Protection National Agency with support of Japanese government. New technologies will be used for testing of water and soil samples at the agency laboratory that will improve monitoring of environment pollution level across the country. 
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System for measuring air pollution installed
Update Time: 2016-09-16 18:34:00
A new technological system for measuring air pollution has been installed in Tbilisi. The data collected from three spots will be sent to Environment Protection National Agency. The program was carried out with support of Japanese government. Medical specialists are satisfied with activation of the new system.  
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Guerrilla Gardeners organized yet another rally in front of Tbilisi City Hall
Update Time: 2016-08-29 12:05:00
Guerrilla Gardeners organized yet another rally in front of Tbilisi City Hall. Activity participants lit candles depicting tree. They demand resignation of the officials of the Ecology Services of City Hall.The members of the Guerrilla Gardeners say that they dissociate themselves from the demand of Mayor’s resignation. Organization member Nata Peradze says that they have chosen peaceful way and call on Tbilisi Mayor for cooperation.
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Tbilisi Mayor delivered report at the session of City Council
Publish Time: 2016-08-26 20:01:00
Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmnia has delivered a report at the session of Tbilisi City Council today. Narmania focused on the environmental protection measures.The several incidents occurred during the meeting due to which session was suspended during a few minutes. Opposition calls on the Mayor to resign.
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Noisy sitting at Tbilisi City Hall
Update Time: 2016-08-24 20:15:00
The sitting at Tbilisi City Hall held over ongoing process of cutting of trees at Kazbegi Avenue turned out noisy today. Davit Narmania, Tbilisi Mayor presented a future strategy of city’s greening to representatives of non-governmental organizations and environment protectionists. However, one part of the meeting participants left the City Hall in protest. Nata Peradze, Head of Guerrilla Gardening organization demanded resignation of Head and Deputy Head of Greening Municipality Service. Tbilisi Hall officials declared that they were waiting for completion of investigation. Narmania will arrive at Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Assemby) to present a report in return to the demand of 13 oppositional members of city council on August 26. 
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New research about environment pollution
Update Time: 2016-08-17 20:34:00
The organization International Economic Cooperation among Nations carried out a research about consequences of destruction of greenhouses in environment and increase of diseases due to air pollution. The air is most polluted in India and China. The countries of Caucasus region come next on the list. The Georgian National Environment Agency confirms that the situation is not satisfactory with respect to level of emissions in Georgia. Several schemes are recommended and elaborated with purpose of prevention mechanisms and this includes vehicles’ obligatory technical inspection. The procedure adjourned several times, will be activated stating March, 2017. 
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Distressing Video reflecting fatalities of animals at Batumi Shelter
Update Time: 2016-08-05 20:50:00
A video reflecting 4 dead dogs and three cats in Batumi Shelter for Animals was released through social network on August 4. The video is shot by Zaira Nadirashvili on July 24. The situation about animals, which are dying due to unbearable conditions, is described as alarming by animals rights defenders. They talk about making regulations about animal care stricter. Vet doctors of the shelter claim that sick animals are brought to the shelter that increases fatal cases. A company, which won in the tender, operates the shelter located across Batumi airport highway.  
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White lion cubs born at Tbilisi Zoo
Update Time: 2016-08-03 21:06:00
Three white lion cubs were born at Tbilisi Zoo. This is the first case when little lions were born at the zoo after June 13, 2015, deadly and devastating flooding in Tbilisi. New born lion cubs are kept in isolated cages and visitors can be able to see them in several days. 
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Museums to be built in Kolkheti National Park
Update Time: 2016-07-23 16:45:00
Nature and Historic-Cultural Museums will be built on the territory of Kolkheti National Park. Arrangement of amphitheater and exhibition halls is also planned. Gigla Agulashvili, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources visited the park and became introduced with the planned projects.  
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Animals Defender vs. Animals Monitoring Agency
Publish Time: 2016-07-20 19:05:00
Rusudan Khuntsaria, head of the Animals Protection Charity Foundation "Argusi" speaks about torture and killing of dogs. Khuntsaria has claims against Animals Monitoring Agency and demands reaction from the authorities. The agency denies allegations and accuses the woman of violation of animal care norms.
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Monitoring to begin on air pollution in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2016-07-13 12:24:00
Three new stations will be installed in Tbilisi to monitor the level of air pollution. Monitoring will be carried out in 24-hour regime. The data will be sent to Environment National Agency for analysis. 
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Joint activity of Environment Protection Ministry and Fishing Club
Publish Time: 2016-07-05 17:12:00
Gambusia, a large genus of fish, was released in Tbilisi and lakes located in the outskirts to fight against a mosquito spreading Zika virus. The project was jointly carried out by Georgian Ministry of Environment Protection and Georgian fishing Club. According to the Ministry, Gambusia has already destroyed mosquito spreading Malaria across Kolkheti Plato and the method is actively used in Europe. 
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