by AgroWeb on January 19, 2017

2016 was the hottest year on record - again

Last year was officially the Earth's warmest since record-keeping began in the 1880s, the World Meteorological Organization announced Wednesday morning. That means 2016 set a global heat record for the third year in a row according to NOAA and NASA, who held a joint press conference on Wednesday to discuss the record. Climate scientists say greenhouse gas pollution, which humans are creating ...

by AgroWeb on October 21, 2016

Climate changes pose serious threat to country’s security and welfare

Climate changes pose serious threats to the country’s security and welfare, with agriculture being the worst affected sector of the economy“ Minister of Environment Lefter Koka said during the presentation of the Third National Communication under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in a three-year long process involving national institutions, climate change ...

by AgroWeb on October 6, 2016

The Paris Agreement is officially a done deal

The landmark Paris agreement on climate change will enter into force on November 4, after a coalition of the world's largest polluters and small island nations threatened by rising seas pushed it past a key threshold on Wednesday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the agreement's strong international support a "testament for the urgency of action." The deal takes effect 30 days ...

by AgroWeb on September 29, 2016

Valbona on route to remain a keepsake

On September 28th, 2016, at 8 o’clock in the morning, bulldozers were put into position in Dragobi and the Maskollata region of Valbona National Park. By 11 o’clock in the morning, the mountains echoed with the sound of destruction. Today’s actions are the latest in a battle which began in January 2016, when plans were learned to construct 14 hydropower plants along just 30 ...

by AgroWeb on September 6, 2016

Albania among top 5 countries most at risk from pollution

Among all other problems and issues, uncertainties and concerns, a new ‘killer’ is threating Albania, a silent killer. This is how pollution is called because the very air we breathe, the water we drink and the food that we eat are all affected by pollution. Albanians cannot be isolated from the effects of a polluted environment. Yes, even though Albanian citizens are aware of that, ...

by AgroWeb on August 23, 2016

5 health hazards caused by the air conditioning

There are times when we are extremely thankful for air conditioning — usually after having had a long workout on a hot summer’s day and still sweating after a cold shower. The cold, dry air is invigorating and refreshing. But usually, after about 30 minutes, we find ourselves shivering and needing to go back outside. In the majority of homes, public offices and stores, the air ...

by AgroWeb on July 6, 2016

Albanian Coast, What to Expect this Season

If you are about to head to the beach this year, focus on taking along only your beach essentials and leave your cares about hygiene at home. Try to enjoy the sun, get a tan and spend every last drop of that sunscreen. It will not be necessary for you to bother about any hygiene concerns. At least that is what state officials are saying. In an interview for AgroWeb, Minister of Environment Lefter ...

by AgroWeb on June 24, 2016

Hands Off From Valbona Valley

#donttouchvalbona‬ ‪#‎mosmaprekvalbonen‬‬‬. It’s a final call. A final countdown. A hashtag fast becoming very popular among Albanians and foreigners, nature lovers. Tomorrow on 25 June, at 9.00, in front of the Ministry of Energy in Tirana, supporters of Valbona Valley pristine nature will gather against the construction of 11 hydropower plants planned to be built along the ...

by AgroWeb on June 16, 2016

Let’s talk money: shifting to renewable energy in Albania

Put your money where your mouth is. When it comes to investing, it's always interesting to find out who's willing to back up their words with cold, hard cash and who bails out. Business is about revenues; positive cash flows; profits. All else is, let’s be honest, secondary. If you run an engine and it consumes diesel/oil, every hour costs money. If you use a wind turbine for the same, most...

by AgroWeb on June 2, 2016

Energy efficiency is a must for Albanians buildings

There are two fairytale characters that describe best winter and summer in the majority of the Albanian houses. Winter: The Little match girl. Most of the houses in Albania do not have central heating and the hefty electricity bill it literally breaks the wallet and the heart. Snuggling into a wool blanket is the only way to survive the winter cold days, reminding us that the Little match girl of...

by AgroWeb on June 5, 2016

Environment Day - Albania Approves Hunting Moratorium

On June 5 of each year we honor the incredible natural heritage of the Earth celebrating the World Environment Day. The day, which was established in 1972 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, remembers the first major summit to talk about global environment: the Stockholm Conference on the Environment. From that big meeting it was born the UNEP, the United Nations Environment ...

by AgroWeb on May 20, 2016

Vjosa “No dams” allowed

An avalanche of raging white water explodes into a deep pool below, sending up three-story plumes of mist. One minute you are at the top of a rapid, the next you’re hurtling through the crashing spray. The river moves around you. We are in Vjosa river in Albania. For anyone who has kayaked, done rafting or has experienced in any form Europe’s last big wild river, the thrill of the ...

by AgroWeb on April 19, 2016

The Tropoja American Lady - Save Valbona Valley

She is American. Her name is Catherine Bohne. She first came to Albania on 2009 to stay just for a week…or at least two. She never made it back. She’s still here to a place she calls home. Someone might think Catherine is on a longer vacation. But hold on, she has decided to live here forever. Any idea where? In the very North, in Tropoja. Right now, she is a Tropoja naturalized ...

by AgroWeb on April 18, 2016

World Bank: To fight climate change with renewables

World Bank goes big on fighting climate change. More than a quarter of investment will now go directly to help developing world fight global warming. In a statement, the Bank said that, in the next five years, it planned to help countries in the developing world add 30 gigawatts of renewable energy to global energy capacity; provide "early warning systems" to 100 million people; and ...

by AgroWeb on April 1, 2016

11 Hydro-Power Plants to Threaten Valbona Ecosystem

‘It is one of the most beautiful corners of the world that I’ve had the privilege of seeing, breathing, and tasting.’ This is how Larissa Olenicoff, a Russian blogger describes Valbona Valley, after being there. She has been traveling her entire life and that’s what she wrote this week in her blog: 'Whatever journey you choose to have for yourself there – active, ...

by AgroWeb on March 21, 2016

Record High February 2016 Temperatures

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating”. The acceptance speech for best actor at this year Oscars, definitely made Leonardo Di Caprio a climate champion. Everybody, even here in Albania (to be realistic, Albanians do not consider climate change a ...

by AgroWeb on March 22, 2016

Make Every Drop Count!

World Water Day occurs on the 22nd day in March every year to bring awareness to the global water crisis. When people turn their attention to countries that lack sources of water looking for solutions by trying to squeeze every drop of water to save lives, in Albania we just leave the tap run. Did you know that 67.2% of the overall water in Albania is wasted or misused? In many cities of Albania...

by AgroWeb on March 9, 2016

Climate change is expected to increase mortality rate in Albania

Climate change is not a joke. It could kill around 250 people in Albania and 500,000 people a year globally by 2050, by making our diets less healthy, a study says.  In Europe, Greece and Italy are likely to be significantly affected, with 124 and 89 deaths per million people respectively, as extreme weather, such as floods and heat waves wreaks havoc with harvests and crop yields. ...

by AgroWeb on April 24, 2015

Albanian Farmers to use Olive Waste as a Source of Light

A new project is being implemented in Albania by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aiming to transform the market for using organic waste from the olive oil and other industries for energy production. Turning olive oil into light? Albanians have witnessed it lots of time ago, well, in a primitive way. An oil filled lamp with a fiber wick immersed within so you can light ...

by AgroWeb on March 2, 2016

A European Country Protesting for Air

    Citizens of Tetovo have taken to the streets against the pollution caused by the factory, which helped rank Tetovo as the most polluted city in the world. Protests peaked in December while the steel factory was shut down until March 1st. “The life-lease of citizens for clean air has ended on March 1st. It is clear now that Jugohrom is a poisonous factory that polluted this ...