Czech scientists have invented a new kind of bioplastic which they say decomposes remarkably fast– and is highly resistant to heat. Researchers from Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín say the product could be brought to market within two years. It could represent a significant advance in global efforts to eventually replace single-use plastic waste.
Czech regional authorities are to receive powers to regulate the use of
water, including through hose-pipe bans, Právo reported on Saturday. Under
a government bill, regional commissions will be able in crisis situations
to declare water shortages and impose usage restrictions independently, the
daily said. The legislation is set to go before the lower house in a second
The minister of the environment, Richard Brabec, said experience of recent droughts had shown that the uncontrolled use of water by industry, agriculture and households would have to change in future. The country has been hit by drought over successive summers.
The leading Czech philosopher Erazim Kohák passed away at the weekend at the age of 86. Professor Kohák’s family had to flee the Communists in 1948 and he could only return to his native country after 1989. Among those paying tribute to him have been Culture Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, who says his death will leave a gap in Czech public life.
Ski resorts around the Czech Republic are witnessing one of the worst snow seasons on record, and according to long-term predictions by Czech climate experts, we can expect even less snow in the future. While the skiing season in the country’s mountains will be considerably shorter, white winters in the low-lying parts of the Czech Republic will soon become a distant memory.
Czech geologists and geophysicists have been hard at work drilling the deepest geothermal borehole in all of central Europe. The borehole, on the outskirts of the northern Bohemian town of Litoměřice, is a staggering 1.6 kilometres deep – so far. The ambitious project is part of an ongoing effort to wean the county off of coal, which pollutes the air and accelerates global warming.
Air pollution in some parts of the Czech Republic, namely the
Moravia-Silesia region, has worsened, the Czech Hydro-meteorological
Institute said on Friday.
The amounts of air-borne dust particles exceed permitted levels at most monitoring stations in the region.
The Moravia-Silesia region is one of the most polluted in Europe due to heavy industry on both sides of the Czech-Polish border. Air pollution is a problem especially in the winter months, when the situation is aggravate by coal heating.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Visegrad Four counterparts met in
Prague on Thursday to discuss energy and climate change with Austrian
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
The V4 summit attended by the Austrian chancellor focussed on energy and EU climate change policy, areas where the positions of Austria and the V4 (which includes Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) differ significantly.
Unlike Austria, the V4 countries say achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is not possible without building more nuclear power plants.Austria does not like the idea that EU money paid to help phase-out coal mining and boost alternate energy sources should be used for nuclear power.
PM Babiš argues that in the interests of “energy security” and ecomomic growth, the Czech Republic must build new nuclear units even if it contravenes European Union law.
The talks also covered EU funding and migration where the heads of government found more common ground.They agreed on the need to fight illegal migration,rejected the idea of obligatory migrant quotas and stressed the importance of defending the EU's outer borders.
Since the talks were held on the anniversary of the death of student martyr Jan Palach, the prime ministers laid flowers at the Palach memorial at the top end of Wenceslas Square where Palach set himself on fire in protest against growing public apathy to the Soviet-led invasion.
The Czech Republic will not be introducing a deposit system on PET bottles
which would see them recycled outside the system of plastic waste
recycling, Environment Minister Richard Brabec told journalists in Prague
He said the country can meet the new European rules by improving the existing sorting system. By 2025 packaging will have to be made from at least 25 percent recycled material.
He said there was no law which would prevent producers of soft drinks putting a deposit on their PET bottles.
The e-shop Košík.cz and Mattoni have started testing a deposit system on PET bottles, available on the online sales platform.
Advocates of the system cite a study by the Institute of Circular Economics which shows that the introduction of a blanket deposit system on PET bottles would reduce the environmental impact by 28 percent compared to the current method of plastic waste management.
The e-shop Košík.cz and Mattoni have started testing a deposit system on PET bottles, available on the online sales platform. Customers will be able to choose whether to order Mattoni bottled water in a classic PET bottle or in a returnable. The PET bottles returned will be recycled and put to use many times over.
Last year was the second warmest in the Czech Republic since 1961,
according to data published on Wednesday by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute. The daily average temperature in 2019 was 9.5 degrees Celsius,
which was 1.6 degrees Celsius above the long-term average.
The hottest year since 1961 was 2018. The years 2014 and 2015 are tied for third hottest year in almost six decades.
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