Frankly speaking, I had never given much thought to how and where my water comes from until I moved to Astana. The quality of water in Astana is far worse than in Almaty, where I came from, and suddenly water became an issue in my life. For instance, although tap water here is considered suitable… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Environment
Temperatures around the world are rising. The average increase globally stands at 0.850C but in Armenia, that figure is higher still – 1.10C. Rainfall and other precipitation have also gone down in Armenia by 10% between 1935 and 2012. According to a study by the World Bank, Armenia, out of 28 countries in Europe and… Read more »
The newly established park in the the Toguz-Toro region of Kyrgyzstan is a place of incredible beauty. But beyond its rich landscape and abundance of endangered species, it is also home to countless mysterious legends. The mystical and enigmatic stories of Kan-Achu, well known to its locals, have a fairly consistent message: All species in nature play… Read more »
In Central Asia, after the Soviet Union’s collapse, uranium enrichment largely stopped in former Soviet countries like Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. This left behind “yellow hill” tailing sites storing huge amount of low grade processed uranium ore. Water, soil, and air pollution due to tailings have had critical impact on everyday life for years in this region.
70 percent of the population in Tajikistan lives in rural and mountainous areas, where electricity is available only for up to three hours a day. At the same time, the country enjoys 280-330 sunny days a year. It’s not rocket science figuring out that solar energy might be the perfect answer to Tajikistan’s energy challenges.
Producing one kilogram of beef can use up as much as 27 kilograms of carbon emissions. That’s almost the same quantity as if you were to burn between 6 and 10 litres of petrol. The world’s meat production is growing at an unprecedented rate and the driving force behind this surge is a combination… Read more »
In my 13+ years with UNDP, I have seen EMIS go from a conceptual idea to a fully functioning application to its scale-up beyond Croatian borders. My name is Sandra, and these are the top five things about EMIS I want to share with you:
I recently spent a morning with the rangers of Ezerani Nature Park, and it was an eye-opening experience. As I accompanied them to the first mission of the morning – a reported case of illegal logging in some far-flung corner of the park – the sheer scale of the task confronting these guys became instantly… Read more »
The Caucuses and Central Asia region has some of the highest inequalities in the world. For one, land resources in this part of the world are highly unequally distributed. Historically, the pace of land reforms here has been slower compared to those in Central and Eastern Europe. This fact bears significant impact on levels of… Read more »
Did you know that, until recently, there was no requirement in Russia to consider minimum energy efficient performance standards for lighting products in any state procurement? That’s right. State sector organizations in Russia could pretty much purchase what they liked.