» 04/18/2007, 00.00
Hundreds of seal pups wash up dead on Caspian Sea shore
More than 500 seal carcasses are found over the past weeks with no one doing or knowing anything about it. Environmental pollution is blamed for this mass death. Seals are affected at a particular delicate moment in their life cycle, namely breeding.
10/05/2008 ASIA - CASPIAN SEA
Beluga caviar at risk of "extinction" within a decade
Poaching and pollution are reducing, year after year, the sturgeon of the Caspian Sea, which produce 90% of the prized eggs. Now the coastal countries are discussing bans, but other sources of income must be found for thousands of families. The problem of the extensive oil deposits beneath the sea floor.
14/05/2007 RUSSIA – CENTRAL ASIA
Putin tightens control over Central Asian energy
Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan agree to build new pipelines to carry Turkmen gas through Russia. European hopes for a pipeline under the Caspian Sea are dashed. Turkmen president tries to be reassuring saying that he is studying other routes as well. For experts, China is Russia’s main rival in the area.
In China, black apples growing on trees. Government torpedoes new anti-pollution law
The country seems condemned to live in a blanket of industrial fumes: Hebei province hub for coal production has black apples growing on trees. In Qinghai Tibetan monks may have to leave tehir monastery because "they cannot even open their eyes." And the government torpedoes new law for the protection of the environment.
Beijing shuts down Hebei steel mills
The province is the world’s largest steel producer with 620 million tonnes a year. However, pollution and excessive energy use have set off alarm bells in the central government, which switched off supplies.
Pollution in Zhejiang: lead in the blood of 600 people
Yet another case produced by a tin foil factory. The lack of specific standards of work safety and pursuit of profit continue to cause serious pollution incidents. Exasperated population often takes to the street to stop the dangerous factories.
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