The Moravian Amazon, an area along the lower parts of Morava and Dyje rivers in the southern part of the Czech Republic, is considered to be one of the richest habitats in Central Europe. But scientists are ringing alarm bells, warning that the number of old trees in the UNESCO Biosphere area which provide a home to rare species of beetles, are being crowded out and their numbers are rapidly declining.
Material damage in forest and woodlands is being tabulated in the Krkonoše
Mountains, where strong winds on Sunday damaged thousands of cubic metres
of wood in the form of snapped branches and falling trees. Damage was made
worse because soil was already saturated from extensive rainfall.
Locals as well as tourists have been warned not to enter forest areas until areas are stabilised. On Sunday, wind at the Czech Republic’s highest peak, Snežka, hit a speed of 180 kilometres per hour. On Monday, some sites, such as Prague Zoo, remained closed.
Six wolves have escaped from the Bavarian national park near Ludwigsthal.
The park is located near the Czech German border and the authorities say
the animals could appear in the Šumava Mountains.
In the event of sighting them people have been asked not to approach them, try to feed them or take pictures.
The head of the national park Franz Leibl said an all out effort was being made to recapture the wolves. Since they were bred in an enclosure their chances of survival in the wild are extremely slim, he said.
In the debate about climate change, climate is often seen as the given – the main factor that is impacting nature and, of course, people. But, it’s a two way street with scientists increasingly aware of how local and regional changes are dramatically changing local environmental conditions and plants and animals as well. And that was the main theme as a host of Czech experts were brought together by the Czech Academy of Science in Prague this week.
Lithium mining in Krušné Mountains could lead to more than 1,000 jobs,
say representatives of the town of Cínovec in the Teplice area, where
mining is planned.
Investments of around 10 billion crowns are expected and Cínovecká deponie, a company controlled by Czech billionaire Karel Janeček’s investment fund RSJ Investments, possesses all the necessary permits needed to mine the resource in Cínovec.
Lithium is one of the raw materials used for making batteries for electric cars and other applications for renewable energy. High demand and soaring prices could help make the Czech Republic one of the main producers of the metal worldwide.
Management of the Šumava National park has issued a ban on public access
to parts of the park following heavy storms over the weekend, which felled
hundreds of trees. According to the park’s authorities, there is a danger
of more trees falling.
The area most affected by the storms is in the southern part of the park in the region of Prachatice, where there are many paths and cycling routes. The clean-up operation is expected to take weeks.
A new project by Prague Zoo, together with the City of Prague, will allow for the creation of a new paddock for some of the zoo’s Przewalski horses. At one time the horse was extinct in the wild, but over decades the zoo played a major role in their breeding and their eventual return of the horses to their natural habitat.
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