CATTENOM INTRUSION – LUXEMBOURG GOVERNMENT WORRIED

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keywords: intrusion nuclear power cattenom, nuclear risk, government luxembourg. While EDF officials largely communicate about the lack of impact and the perfect respect of the security procedures, which nevertheless made it possible for Greenpeace activists to intrude last night into the compound of the Cattenom nuclear power plant, the Luxembourg Government wishes to express its concern. In a statement issued late this afternoon, the Ministers of Health and Environment jointly declared “very concerned about the flagrant gaps in the access security of this plant. They insist on a detailed investigation…

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BEES LUXEMBOURG – NO EXCESS MORTALITY DUE TO PESTICIDES

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keywords: bees mortality, neonicotinoid pesticides, environment, luxembourg. The mortality rate of bee colonies during the winter 2016-2017 in Luxembourg was 20%, which is the average of the previous years (the rate ranging from 9% to 34%). This number comes into the debate on the use and possible banning of neonicotinoid pesticides (clothianidin imidacloprid thiamethoxam). These chemicals used in agriculture are often accused of being primarily responsible for reducing the number of bees. According to the Minister of Agriculture, the losses in bee colonies are more due to an impoverishment of…

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LUXEMBOURG – NO STATISTICS ON FOX SPREAD AVAILABLE

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keywords: hunting ban, foxes, echinococcosis, public health, luxembourg. Since the fox hunting ban in Luxembourg in 2015, many have observed the return of foxes in the cities, especially in residential areas bordering forests. In addition to the safety problems that may arise (let us not forget that the fox is a wild animal), there are also public health issues, as wild animals are carriers of diseases. Following this observation, MPs Diane Adehm and Gilles Roth (CSV) appealed to Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of the Environment and Lydia Mutsch, Minister of Health…

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GOOGLE LUXEMBOURG – IS THE DATACENTER LAND IN A GREEN ZONE?

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keywords: google luxembourg, datacenter, cyber-security, government, luxembourg. While the arrival of a Google datacenter in Luxembourg takes longer than expected and that a start of disagreement within the government seems to appear on the matter, the National Representation asks questions at its turn. MP Laurent Mosar (CSV), after being surprised by the negotiations length, appealed to Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of the Environment and Etienne Schneider, Minister of the Economy, on the reality of the land presence in a green area (protected zone and not constructible land) envisaged to the installation…

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HEALTH LUXEMBOURG – ECHINOCOCCUS IN ONE FOX OUT OF THREE

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keywords: fox hunting, echinococcus, echinococcosis, public health, luxembourg. Since the prohibition of fox hunting in Luxembourg in 2015, many public health questions arise, and with its return to town, especially in residential neighborhoods bordering forests. The fox is indeed carrying a disease, the echinococcosis, or tapeworm of the fox, transmissible to humans. Minister of Environment Carole Dieschbourg said on Tuesday that of the 128 usable cadavers received by the Veterinary Laboratory of the Administration of Veterinary Services in 2016, 29% were carriers of echinococcus. In contrast, no cases of rabies…

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LUXEMBOURG – FOX SPREAD AND PUBLIC HEALTH RISK

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keywords: hunting ban, foxes, echinococcosis, public health, luxembourg. Since the fox hunting ban in Luxembourg in 2015, many have observed the return of foxes in the cities, especially in residential areas bordering forests. In addition to the safety problems that may arise (let us not forget that the fox is a wild animal), there are also public health issues, as wild animals are carriers of diseases. The fox can indeed transmit a parasitic disease: echinococcosis. Alveolar echinococcosis is a serious disease that develops slowly, mainly in the liver, over 15…

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LUXEMBOURG DROUGHT – IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LOSS

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keywords: drought, agriculture, ministry of the environment, luxembourg. Minister of the Environment Carole Dieschbourg gives an update on the impact of the drought that Luxembourg has been experiencing for several months due to the low winter rainfall and late spring frosts. It appears that Luxembourg’s agriculture is particularly affected and as such confirms the strong call of vigilance that its Ministry jointly with that of Sustainable Development issued on 31 May. The Minister provides in detail: Agriculture • Permanent grasslands: losses are very high. The first cut representing 40% of the…

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