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Czech dog to play key role in combating ivory trade

21-01-2015 15:31 | Ruth Fraňková

Cama, photo: CTK Thousands of elephants in Central Africa fall prey to ivory poachers every year. The Czech Republic is now making a small contribution to the fight against illegal trade in ivory. A specially trained Czech sniffer dog will be sent to over to Congo to help local customs officials detecting smuggled ivory. The project was initiated by the Czech NGO Save-Elephants.  More

Silent Lab - to feature at EXPO 2015 in Milan - combines Nature and High-tech

20-01-2015 16:06 | Jan Velinger

Silent Lab, photo: archive of Full CapaCity Silent Lab is the name of an ambitious Czech installation featuring this year at Expo 2015 in Milan, which begins later this spring. The installation, which brought together students at the technical university in Prague (ČVUT) students of architecture and the company Full Capacity, recreates the experience of the Czech forest, combining Nature and hi-tech.  More

2014 one of the warmest Czech years on record

30-12-2014 15:50 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: bodgie / freeimages The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute – the body responsible for monitoring the country’s weather – has reported that 2014 will be one of the warmest years since records began back in 1775. It also predicts that overall warming in the country and extreme weather events will continue to grow more common.  More

Animal welfare groups pushing for concerted action against puppy farming

11-12-2014 16:11 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: archive of Radio Prague Czech animal rights activists have been ringing alarm bells over the horrific business of puppy farming within which dogs are bred in abominable conditions in Central and Eastern Europe and transported for sale wherever there is demand for them. A petition for the Czech authorities to clamp down on this illegal business has now been signed by 16,000 people and NGOs are pushing to raise awareness of the problem among the public. I spoke to Martina Načeradská, a Czech vet who is actively involved in the fight against puppy farms, about the problem.  More

Wolf patrols ready to come out with the first snow

27-11-2014 16:14 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Bernard Landgraf, CC BY-SA 3.0 Europe’s large predators were hunted into extinction in the early 1900s, but due to changing conditions and better protection wolves, bears and lynxes are slowly returning to countries across the Old Continent. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature the number of wolves in Europe have quadrupled in the past three decades to an estimated 25,000 animals. To find out which of these predators have returned to the Czech Republic I spoke to Josefa Volfová of Friends of the Earth.  More

Prague opens first package-free shop

26-11-2014 15:06 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Bezobalu Last week, the governments of EU countries, including the Czech Republic, unanimously approved a new law to cut down the number of plastic bags by 80 percent within the next ten years, with the aim to curb litter on land and in seas. A small non-profit organisation in Prague, called Bezobalu or Unpackaged, is already doing its share in the fight against excessive use of plastic. The group has recently opened a shop in the centre of Prague, where you can only buy unpackaged goods and take them home in your own containers.  More

Tackling the Czech Republic's poor air quality

20-11-2014 15:19 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: František Tichý November saw the release of an annual government-commissioned report on the state of the environment in the Czech Republic. While the gist of the report maintained that a number of factors continued to improve, including water quality and canalisation, air quality was found to be a major problem. It found that in 2013, 55 percent of Czechs were still being exposed to above-average levels of the toxic chemical benzopyrene. Additionally, many cities suffer from smog and ground level ozone, while heating plants were found to account for 41 percent of dangerous PM10 particulate matter being inhaled by Czechs. Last year, the government spent more than 27 billion crowns on improving the environment. Since joining the EU, the country has been able to source around 120 billion crowns from EU funds to this end – but has only utilised 43 percent of total allocated funds for the 2007-2013 period. So is the new government doing enough?  More

Government report gives Czech Republic low marks for air quality

13-11-2014 14:48 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: František Tichý A newly-released government report on state of the Czech environment for the year 2013 has underscored the continued issue of poor air quality across the Czech Republic. The report also highlighted other pressing issues such as the poor condition of forests, risks of erosion and excessive use of land for construction of roads and buildings.  More

Wild boars cause millions of crowns in damage in agriculture sector

22-10-2014 15:53 | Jan Velinger

Wild boar, photo: archive of Radio Prague Uprooted earth, ruined fields, leftover bits of corn, beetroot and wheat gobbled up: each year, wild boars in the Czech Republic cause extensive damage. Legally, game keeping associations are responsible for the regulation of population levels; in the case of wild boar, many argue, new steps need to be taken. Last year, 185,000 specimens were hunted, yet damage remains in the millions of crowns.  More

Dvůr Králové Zoo spearheading international efforts to save northern white rhino from extinction

25-09-2014 16:07 | Daniela Lazarová

White rhino in Dvůr Králové Zoo, photo: Barbora Kmentová Zoos in a number of European countries burned rhino horns on Sunday on the eve of World Rhino Day, in order to highlight the plight of the endangered species. Dvůr Králové Zoo, which has for years spearheaded international efforts to save the northern white rhino from extinction was among them. I spoke to Jan Stejskal, in situ projects coordinator at Dvůr Králové Zoo, about the zoo’s conservation efforts and the chances of saving a species on the brink of extinction.  More

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