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Czech and German authorities announce joint investigation into mysterious noxious fumes

27-02-2015 14:38 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: Juan de Vojníkov, CC BY-SA 3.0 The Czech Ministry of the environment is launching a joint investigation with German authorities following countless complaints of noxious smells alleged to be seeping across the border into Germany. Inhabitants in the state of Saxony are pointing the finger squarely at the numerous factories which dot the landscape of the north-west Czech Republic.  More

Wild horses make Czech comeback

07-02-2015 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Wild horses in Milovice, photo: CTK After centuries, wild horses may return to the Czech landscape. Fourteen Exmoor ponies from Great Britain were shipped to the Czech Republic last week to be released in a former military area in Milovice, in Central Bohemia. The project, initiated by the organisation Česká Krajina or Czech landscape, along with the Academy of Sciences, aims to gradually introduce the horses into the Czech landscape. I spoke to Miroslav Jirků of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and I first asked him what made the Exmoor pony the ideal horse for the project:  More

Czech wildlife experts turn to IVF in desperate, last-ditch attempt to save northern white rhino

05-02-2015 15:06 | Daniela Lazarová

White rhino in Dvůr Králové Zoo, photo: Barbora Kmentová Czech wildlife experts from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, which is spearheading efforts to save the northern white rhino from extinction, are ringing alarm bells. With the number of specimens now down to five and a single male left from the species the possibilities for natural breeding are practically non-existent. I asked Jan Stejskal, in situ project coordinator at Dvůr Kralové Zoo, about the options left.  More

Unwanted Czech bikes helping African children – and elephants

05-02-2015 14:32 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of Roman Posolda The Ostrava-based project Kola pro Afriku, Bikes for Africa, has just dispatched 200 bicycles to Cameroon. They will be used by locals to monitor elephant populations in an effort to combat the illegal killing of the animals for their tusks. But the latest consignment is just part of a bigger project that in recent years has seen Czechs donate some 15,000 bikes – many of which are today being used by schoolchildren living in rural areas in Gambia. I discussed the work of Bikes for Africa with one of its founders, Roman Posolda.  More

Endangered diver in the spotlight as numbers plunge

04-02-2015 15:24 | Ruth Fraňková

Black-necked grebe, photo: Marek Szczepanek, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported The Czech Society for Ornithology has named the black-necked grebe Bird of the Year 2015. The water bird, which used to be an indelible part of the Czech landscape, is presently facing the threat of extinction. The Society for Ornithology said one of the main motivations behind their choice was to raise public awareness about the endangered species. I spoke to one of our leading ornithologists Petr Voříšek:  More

Environment ministry joins forces with NGOs to combat wildlife poaching

30-01-2015 13:58 | Dominik Jůn

A shot lynx, photo: CTK/Alka Wildlife The Czech environment ministry has joined forces with wildlife groups to formulate new policies designed to battle poaching. According to the ministry, endangered protected species are still being illegally poached in the Czech Republic – including otters, wolves, lynxes and birds of prey. And the trend, says the ministry, has actually worsened in recent years. I spoke with Tereza Mináriková of NGO Alka Wildlife and began by asking her what was fuelling the Czech poaching industry.  More

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



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