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Environment loses out in Russia's race to Sochi

from AFP via Discovery

Just outside the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, where the Winter Games open on Friday, is a green space with benches, artificial ponds and a couple of hides. "Ornithological Park," the sign declares. The problem is that there is not a bird in sight in the park, which was set up as a replacement for sensitive wetlands that were covered over for the construction of Games venues. Many environmentalists are bemoaning wrecked habitat, destroyed wildlife populations and bungled attempts to remedy the consequences of a massive program to ready Sochi for the opening ceremony. more


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