The largest industrial companies in the region of Moravia-Silesia are asking the state for billions of crowns worth of subsidies for eco-projects to improve the region’s environment. A meeting on the issue at the town hall in Ostrava on Friday agreed that the environmental conditions in the region could be improved within two years through four billion crowns earmarked for the purpose from the State Environmental Fund. Representatives of the Environmental Ministry believe major polluters like the metallurgical company ArcelorMittal Ostrava have good chances of receiving the financing. The ecological situation in and around the city of Ostrava is said to be one of the worst in Europe.
On Thursday, the Environment Minister, Milos Kuzvart, introduced a new project, which is expected to enhance recycling of used packages. Also this week a new regulation was introduced which makes it obligatory for retailers to buy back seven types of returnable glass bottles. All that is stipulated by a new law on packaging according to which producers and distributors of packages are responsible for the fate of the containers even after the consumption of their content. More from Pavla Horakova.
On Monday activists from the environmental group Greenpeace staged a dramatic protest at the Spolana chemical works in Neratovice on the river Labe or Elbe, north of Prague. Greenpeace say the plant has contaminated the river's flood plain, and that there would be a disaster if a flood occurred. Two dozen activists from six countries took part in the protest.
April 22nd is Earth Day, observed since 1970 in more than 140 countries world-wide. In the Czech Republic Earth Day was first observed in 1990, a few months after the fall of the communist regime. And with every passing year, more Czechs are accepting their share of responsibility for the state of our Planet and their immediate environment. We asked environment activist Vojtech Kotecky of the environmental-group Duha or Rainbow how environmental groups in the Czech Republic mark the anniversary.
This week the Business Leaders Forum, an organisation that represents many of top corporations in the Czech Republic, held its 11th annual ceremony for the Health, Safety and Environment Award. The awards are handed out to companies and municipalities whose projects contribute to exceptional improvements in the local environment and the health of employees and the general public. By .
The tiny central Bohemian village of Kacov can hardly lay claim to fame exactly, but it has received a fair bit of attention in the past six years. Not so long ago NATO officials allegedly zeroed in on a bizarre looking unidentified object near Kacov on their satellite maps of central Europe and asked the Czech defence ministry for an explanation. As it turned out, the bizarre looking object had nothing to do with the Czech Republic's military arsenal - it was the biggest collection of used refrigerators in the world - over 1,800 of
A vast section of Europe badly affected by Communist industrialisation is slowly beginning to heal from decades of environmental abuse, but faces new pressure in the era of globalisation. Well, that was the warning issued this weekend by a "sustainable development" conference in Prague, featuring representatives of governments, universities and non-profit groups from throughout Central Europe.
By This week the Czech branch of Greenpeace presented the public with a Czech translation of Eric Millstone's book Genetic Manipulation in Court. The book is a collection of scientific evidence presented in court in defense of 28 British Greenpeace activists who were charged with damaging private property after they destroyed a field of GM corn for fear of what it might do to the surrounding environment.