Category: Environment

DAO against Fewa Lake encroachment

  30 May, Pokhara: The District Administration Office (DAO), Kaski, has said its attention has been drawn to ill egal structures being built on the banks of Fewa Lake– the major tourism hub in the district. Fewa Boating Entrepreneurs’s Association had started building a structure for docking boats without permission from the authority, two weeks ago. Official Ramji Koirala said those involved in the ilegal activity would be called for clarification. The office will also inform Pokhara Valley Town Development Committee, Pokhara Sub-metropolitan city and other organizations, today’s The Himalayan Times reports. The association is piling stones on the...

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Australian environmentalists welcome bank wariness on reef port

24 May, SYDNEY (AFP) : Environmentalists on Saturday welcomed Deutsche Bank’s reluctance to invest in a major port expansion near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, saying it reflected global concern about the project. Australia gave the green light to the major coal port expansion for India’s Adani Group at Abbot Point on the Great Barrier Reef coast last year subject to strict environmental conditions. But conservationists slammed the approval, warning it would hasten the natural wonder’s demise given it is under pressure from climate change, land-based pollution and crown-of-thorn starfish outbreaks. At its annual general meeting in Europe on Friday, Deutsche Bank said its policy for dealing with activities in or near World Heritage Sites ruled it out of investing in Abbot Point. “Deutsche Bank does not support activities when the government and UNESCO do not agree that the planned activities do not place the exceptional universal value of the site at risk,” the bank said. “As we have seen, there is currently no consensus between UNESCO and the Australian government regarding the expansion of Abbot Point in the vicinity of the Great Barrier Reef. “Our policy requires such a consensus at the least. We therefore would not consider applications for the financing of an expansion any further.” UNESCO has stated concerns about coastal development proposed in the region including port and coal operations, with the body expected to discuss the...

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India hits U.S., China with solar imports anti-dumping duties

23 May, NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will impose anti-dumping duties on solar panels imported from the United States, China, Taiwan and Malaysia to protect domestic solar manufacturers, according to a government statement seen by Reuters on Friday. The order, almost certain to anger India’s trading partners, sets duties of between 11 and 81 U.S. cents per watt and comes after a investigation which started in 2011. The ruling by a quasi-judicial body has to be published by the Finance Ministry before it takes effect. The decision adds to India’s growing trade disputes just before Narendra Modi takes office...

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‘World’s biggest dinosaur’ discovered in Argentina

18 May: Paleontologists in Argentina say they recently discovered fossils belonging to the largest dinosaur on record. During its lifetime, the new species of titanosaur is believed to have stood 65-feet-tall, was more than 130-feet-long, and weighed 77 tons (177,000 pounds). “Given the size of these bones, which surpass any of the previously known giant animals, the new dinosaur is the largest animal known that walked on Earth,” researchers Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol told the BBC. Its enormous length was spread out across a long neck and tail, with a relatively small skull. To put...

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