| MODERN ART MEETS WILDLIFE
A novel art exhibition in the Schonbrunn zoo in Vienna, Austria, highlights the damage inflicted by humans on the environment. Among the exhibits, put together by artist duo Christoph Steinbrener and Rainer Dempf, are a sunken car wreck in the rhino pen and an oil pump in the penguin enclosure. The exhibition titled 'Trouble in Paradise' is on till October 18, 2009.
Turkey increased water flow
of the Euphrates into Iraq by 50 per cent owing to a decade-long drought. Iraq depends on Tigris and Euphrates rivers for water supply which originate in Turkey.
Kazakhstan has approved
a law that will subject blogs, chat rooms and social networking sites to possible criminal prosecution.
British energy giant BP plc
and China National Petroleum won the rights to develop Rumaila, the largest Iraqi oil field. Foreign companies entered the Iraqi oil market
after more than three decades.
Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano
will succeed Mohamed El Baradei on December 1 as the Internati-onal Atomic Energy Agency (iaea)
156 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured till July 7 as riots
broke out between the majority Han community and the minority Turkic group, Uighur, in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang province.
The sale of computers enabled with Green Dam,
Internet filtering software, which was to begin from July 1 in China, was delayed as the manufacturers needed time to complete preparations for the installation, the government said.
Tourists and residents in Alupka city tore down fences along beaches,
erected by spas and hotels, on Ukraine's Black Sea coast.
A Dutch energy company Eneco has successfully mixed hydrogen and natural gas.
Hydrogen does not emit greenhouse gases. Fourteen households are cooking and heating homes with this compound as part of an experiment by the energy firm.
A UK court convicted 22 climate change protesters
for hijacking a coal train last year. The offenders face financial penalties and have to pay US $58,784 for cleaning up coal shovelled onto tracks during a 16-hour standoff with the police.
Costa Rica has been voted the greenest and happiest
country in the world. Latin American countries dominated the top 10 in a new list that ranks nations by combining measures of their ecological footprint with the happiness of their citizens.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has threatened to expel oil companies
suing the country before the World Bank's investment disputes court. In 2007 Ecuador had asked oil firms to hand over up to 99 per cent of their windfall profits. Ecuador faces claims totalling US $13 billion.
The restrictions imposed by the Cuban government on energy consumption
by state-owned companies and agencies have yielded savings equivalent to 18,296 tonnes of fuel in June, enough to scrap plans for residential blackouts.
in South America are growing even as glaciers world over are shrinking as a result of global warming.
has nearly grounded Mexico's state airline.
Mexicana Airlines has asked the government for a loan of US $113 million (1.5 billion pesos) to deal with a financial squeeze stemming from flu-hit tourism.
California has issued new regulations to reduce air pollution
from ocean-going vessels, including oil tankers and cargo vessels. The rules state about 2,000 ocean-going vessels entering the state ports each year must switch to fuel with lower sulphur content before coming within 24 nautical miles of the state's coast.
and Japan have released a new detailed digital topographic map of Earth
that covers more of the planet than ever before. The map was produced with detailed measurements from nasa
's Terra spacecraft.
The rain band
near the equator has been moving north at a rate of 1.6 km per year for more than 300 years, said a US study. The shift in the zone which determines the supply of freshwater to nearly a billion people throughout the tropics and subtropics is believed to be due to global warming.
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