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Hydromorphology and Hydrobiology or River Ecosystems Changing Because of SHPPs: Expert Syran Minasyan

Hydromorphology and Hydrobiology or River Ecosystems Changing Because of SHPPs: Expert Syran Minasyan

EcoLur SHPPs jeopardize our waters and water ecosystem, as specialist in water ecosystems Seyran Minasyan said in his interview with EcoLur. “The main hazard is that more water is taken from SHPPs than it’s permissible. Besides, cascades of SHPPs destroy rivers and water ecosystems.” River is considered an complete ecosystem and is characterized with three main components – hydromorphological, hydrobiological and hydrochemical. Under the specialist, the operation of SHPPs destroys main components – hydromorphological and hydrochemical. “The temperature in SHPP increases, and though the chemical composition of water doesn’t change, it changes the hydromorphology and hydrobiology of the whole river […]

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Damage Caused to Nature – 183.000 AMD

Damage Caused to Nature – 183.000 AMD

The Nature Protection Ministry informs that from 10.03.2014 to 14.03.2014 the State Environmental Inspection detected violations during inspections it carried out, which resulted in drawing up 12 decisions on administrative fines in the amount of 730,000 AMD, while the total damage caused to environmental was estimated in the amount of 183,000 million AMD. The sanctions imposed by the State Environmental Inspection results in 1.24 million AMD to be paid to the state budget.

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Illegal Free Telling Cases Keep on Being Recorded

Illegal Free Telling Cases Keep on Being Recorded

EcoLur From 10 to 21 February the Nature Protection Ministry carried out examinations and detected five cases of illegal tree felling. Particularly, Lori Territorial Division drew up two decisions on imposing administrative fines in the amount of 100,000 AMD and the damage caused to nature was calculated in the amount of 105,980 AMD. Tavush Territorial Division drew up three decisions in the amount of 150,000 AMD, and two decisions were drawn up for illegal transportation of timber.

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Fertilization destabilizes global grassland ecosystems

Fertilization destabilizes global grassland ecosystems

New study led by University of Minnesota researchers demonstrates that fertilization of natural grasslands — either intentionally or unintentionally as a side effect of global farming and industry — is having a destabilizing effect on global grassland ecosystems. Using a network of natural grassland research sites around the world called the Nutrient Network, the study represents the first time such a large experiment has been conducted using naturally occurring sites. Led by Yann Hautier, a Marie Curie Fellow associated with both the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota and the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and […]

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Sevan for Sale: Environmentalist Claims Government Intends to Privatize Lake

Sevan for Sale: Environmentalist Claims Government Intends to Privatize Lake

In a conversation this reporter had with Hakob Sanasaryan, who heads the Greens Union of Armenian, the environmental activist lambasted the Armenian government’s policy regarding Lake Sevan and claimed that top officials wanted to privatize the “blue jewel” of Armenia. “According to the information reaching me, Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan is involved in the scheme and a former official from the Ministry of Justice,” Hakobyan stated, adding that he’s certain that President Sargsyan and Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan have given the go-ahead. “They want to divide it into 4-5 sections. The owners will have to monitor the river […]

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