Politics of death: Muscovites march to save city's green lungs

Jun 25, 2017

Politics of death: Muscovites march to save city's green lungs

Yaroslav Nikitenko, a 29-year-old physicist and environmental activist, woke up on April 12 to a frightening sight.Graffiti daubed next to the door of his Moscow apartment read, ‘Shut the hell up or …” and alongside it was a drawing of a gravestone bearing Nikitenko’s ...

Government considering new tax for forest maintenance

May 10, 2017

Government considering new tax for forest maintenance

The government has stepped up discussions on a proposed new tax to boost financial resources for forest management and conservation, officials said.The government is examining the option of raising the individual residential tax, a local levy, to distribute to municipalities in need. A key ...

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

Feb 23, 2017

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

High-rise wooden buildings, led by The Tree, a 52.8-meter (173-foot) apartment block in Norway, are claiming a place on city skylines as the timber industry challenges the supremacy of concrete and steel.New, ultra-strong wood materials are creating a small but fast-growing market for timber ...

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

Dec 25, 2016

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees.Bracing against high winds, Musse Ismail Hassan ...