UNESCO welcomes decision to halt oil exploration in home for mountain gorillas

18 March 2011The United Nations today welcomed the decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to suspend oil exploration in Africa’s oldest national park, home to numerous endangered species, including the mountain gorilla. This week’s halt to exploration in Virunga National Park “constitutes an important step in preserving Virunga, a remarkable site and unique natural habitat for endangered species,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a statement.“It is a very positive response to the concerns raised by the World Heritage Committee, the international community and UNESCO on the issue of oil exploration in the park. I hope that the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will abandon all plans for oil exploitation within this World Heritage site.”Virunga was enshrined on the World Heritage List in 1979 for the diversity of its habitats, including swamps, steppes and snowfields. It is home to one of the last remaining mountain gorilla populations. But in 1994 it was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, largely because of the impact of poaching of gorillas and ongoing conflicts in Africa’s Great Lakes region.Announcing the decision to suspend oil exploration, the DRC’s Environment Minister Jose Endundo Bononge said a strategic environmental assessment of Virunga is being undertaken, with the results due by the start of next year. read more

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Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches

DETROIT – Nissan is recalling nearly 930,000 Altima midsize cars worldwide — some for a third time — to fix a latch problem that could let the hood fly open while the cars are moving.The new recall covers cars from the 2013 to 2015 model years including 846,000 in the U.S. that were made at factories in Smyrna, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi.Nissan says paint can flake off the latch, exposing bare metal. Over time, the latches can rust and cause the secondary hood latch to remain open. If the main latch isn’t closed and the car is driven, the secondary latch may not hold the hood down, Nissan said in documents posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.The company says that if the hood opens while the cars are in motion, it could obstruct the driver’s vision and cause a crash. But Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger said the company has no reports of any crashes or injuries.Nissan says in two previous recalls in 2014 and 2015, dealers adjusted latches and applied lubricant. But if the lubricant wasn’t put on evenly, the problem could persist.Nissan will notify owners and replace the latches for free starting in mid-February. Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 6:29 am MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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