Browsing articles from "September, 2012"
Sep 13, 2012
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Agreed Initiative for Climate Protection

 

Berlin – German Development Minister Dirk Niebel and World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, have agreed on a joint initiative to protect the climate. The federal government would in the current year grant ten million euro grant for a new fund, Niebel said after meeting with Kim in Berlin on Tuesday. The fund to be created should help developing countries by, among other advice, to use funds from the new, global Green Climate Fund (GCF).

“I am pleased that Mr. Kim accepted our offer and stated his readiness to jointly look for additional sponsors on the lookout,” said Niebel. Germany is currently bidding with the city of Bonn to host the headquarters of the Green Climate Fund. The role of the GCF is to provide financial resources to developing countries to climate-friendly remodel their economies.

 

 

Sep 8, 2012
Julia

Japan Having a Hard Time to Rebuild After the Tsunami

 

The three provinces most affected by the earthquake and tsunami last 2011 in Japan suffered a major shortage of staff in local authorities that carry out difficult tasks of reconstruction, according to the Japanese Government. According to a data collected in August by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, only 30 percent of employees needed for these tasks has been allocated to 41 municipalities in the provinces of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima (northeast), where in addition to hundreds of officers killed the tsunami.

This Ministry is now seeking to transfer staff councils across the country to the people of the area, which in August called for sending more than 900 workers needed in various areas, Kyodo news agency reported. Specifically, municipalities northeastern Japan are badly short of civil engineers to coordinate and execute basic the huge number of relocations of houses and buildings on higher ground, to avoid exposure to new tsunamis.

Experts are also required to inspect over the presence of cultural have been left buried in soil to house new buildings and personnel needed to manage land acquisition. Meanwhile, the provinces have begun to hire temporary staff in some municipalities to accelerate some reconstruction, while several employees of the Iwate provincial government made a tour these days consistory of other provinces for assistance. earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, which caused nearly 19,000 people dead or missing, devastated dozens of coastal municipalities of northeastern Japan and left more than 20,000 tons of debris.

 

 

Sep 7, 2012
Julia

Number of Humpback Whales in Brazil Tripled in 10 Years

 

Rio de Janeiro – The number of humpback whales off the coast of Brazil has tripled in the past decade.

There were nearly 10,000 animals were counted in the region, said the Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute. In 2002, only about 3,000 copies had been sighted in the mating area of the species.

Protection programs have helped stabilize the humpback whales population that was threatened  again, said institute director, Milton Marcondes. With the fat of whales, street lamps were operated. In 1966, the hunting of humpback whales was banned. Back then, there were only an estimated 1,000 animals.