Troops called in to scare storks with eye contact

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Austrian troops ordered into action to stop a colony of storks from forcing the closure of an air show have been banned from using their guns – and told to stare at the birds instead. The soldiers were ordered in after experts had failed using a variety of other methods to drive away the 25 […]

Alpine village celebrates a €17m meadow

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These cows are enjoying the grass – and the view – on the world’s most expensive pasture in the form of a 17 million euro meadow. Look closely and you can see that this narrow strip of land that runs through the village of Trebesing in Carinthia, Austria, was once a motorway that has now […]

Many Vienna cultural locales flooded by rain

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A number of Vienna cultural locales were flooded or otherwise disrupted by yesterday’s (Thurs) heavy rain.Water was ankle-deep in five of the seven cinemas at Lugner City, and one of them had to be evacuated during a film showing and the building’s lowest floor had to be closed. Theatre manager Alexander Fischbacher said it was […]

Chances Emerge from Erupting Volcano!

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Human memory is not very long. Mother Earth has been in existence some 3600 million years and Humankind a mere 2 million years. If we look at this like a 24 hour clock, people have only populated Earth for about 48 seconds and we have learned to build our expectations and lives and socio-economic systems […]

New study shows heat loving bacteria has origins in oil springs and the depths of earth’s crust

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Heat-loving bacteria found in the Arctic seabed have their origins in oil springs and the depths of the Earth’s crust. This is the finding of a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, which used molecular biology to study “misplaced” bacteria such as these. The possibility that molecular biology could also help track down […]

VCÖ deplores boom in SUV sales

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By Lisa ChapmanThe Austrian Traffic Club (VCÖ) has criticised this year’s boom in registrations of gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUVs).VCÖ said today (Weds) the number of registrations of SUVs had increased year on year by 22.5 per cent in 2009. There was an increase of only 8.0 per cent for all cars.It said the biggest […]

Nuclear plant expansion protest backed by 204,000 Viennese

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By William GreenMore than 200,000 Vienna residents have signed a petition against the controversial expansion of a nuclear power plant in Slovakia, a city councillor has claimed.Social Democratic (SPÖ) environmental councillor Ulli Sima, who had started postcard and online campaigns against its expansion, said today (Thurs) that 204,162 people had signed the petition.She said: “We […]

Closure of Vienna Ring causes political firestorm

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By Lisa ChapmanPoliticians have hit out after Vienna’s Ringstraße was shut down yesterday (Tues) to mark an EU-wide car free day.They blasted the move – organised by the Greens and environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – which saw the Ring between Operngasse and Bellariastraße shut and covered with artificial grass for people to picnic on during […]

Fridge and freezer scrappage scheme launched

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By David RogersAustrian authorities have launched a new scrappage scheme for old refrigerators and freezers.The Household Environmental Forum (UFH) in cooperation with the environment ministry announced today that Austrians would get 100 Euros for the exchange of the old appliances for energy-saving “A++” devices under the scheme, which has been backdated to 1 September.The budget […]