Russia sceptical over eco-fund

first_img“The international community has to act together, in full partnership with Russia, to ensure that what can be described as a hazard today does not become a disaster tomorrow.” The 110 million euro is due to be the first installment in the ‘support fund’ for the Northern Dimension Environmental Programme (NDEP). Involving the Commission, Russia and several financial institutions, the NDEP was formed in 1997 in an attempt to arrest the trend towards environmental destruction in the Baltic and Arctic Sea regions and in north-west Russia.Twelve projects – with an overall cost of 1.3 billion euro – are due to be undertaken as part of the programme. The ‘steering group’ for the NDEP has compiled a further list of nuclear waste management schemes, with an estimated price tag of 500 million euro.Their aim will be to control the nuclear waste in the Barents Sea region, considered to have the largest concentration of such waste in the world. The region’s stockpile of waste is especially large on the Kola Peninsula, south-east of Murmansk.“There are hundreds of nuclear submarines and reactors to be dismantled and vast quantities of radioactive waste to take care of,” said Chris Patten, the EU external relations commissioner.“Future generations will not understand if we do not act now to tackle the legacy of environmental degradation and above all the legacy of dangerous nuclear material left in northern Europe,” he added.“Blaming the failures and mistakes of the past is not an answer. At a conference in Brussels this week the Commission pledged 50 million euro to a newly established support fund for Russia’s environment, with Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Russia itself each promising 10 million euro.About 62 million euro of the total is due to be spent on projects aimed at tackling pollution from nuclear weapons and power plants. But Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Kolotukhin said: “We are far from enthusiastic about the intention to direct half of the support fund proceeds to the nuclear part of the environmental problem.”The scale of the nuclear waste crisis is too large for the amount concerned to make a significant difference, he said.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The pink @NewEraCap #BAhat is ready for it’s showing on #MNF. After the game, we will auction it off:— Arians Foundation (@AriansFF) October 17, 2016The NFL’s fashion exceptions are few and far between, but Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is getting an exception that will benefit a solid cause.Arians is wearing a pink Kangol hat from New Era as his Cards face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, and the headpiece will be auctioned, with proceeds going toward the Arians Foundation. [email protected] is in the house. #BAhat #pink— Arians Foundation (@AriansFF) October 17, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Starting at $750, the bidding will begin after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The winner will not only get the autographed hat but will also be rewarded with a meet-and-greet with Arians at a Cardinals practice and two tickets to a future game.To bid on the pink Kangol hat, head to the Arians Foundation website. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches his team prior to an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories – / 33 Real men wear #pink.— Arians Foundation (@AriansFF) October 18, 2016 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more