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Researcher Taja Jeseničnik from the Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana. Photo: Jakob Pintar/STA

New technique might overcome GMO stigma

Environment & NatureScience & Education
Europe remains apprehensive about using genetically modified organisms in agriculture and has strict laws against GMOs, which is why researchers have started working on various ways to use genetic techniques without altering plant genomes in order to overcome the stigma of GMOs. The Biotechnical Fa
The Soča river near Kobarid. Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA
The Soča is one of the most pristine rivers in Europe. It is crystal clean and water quality is good, but environmentalists and fishermen are concerned about possible industrial incidents and chemical pollutants, some of which may seep into the river from unlikely sources.
The chemical state of the
Ice Cave near the Viševnik mountain pasture in NW Slovenia. Photo: Miha Staut
Slovenian scientists have published a study on climate change in Slovenia in the past 11,700 years in what is the most comprehensive overview of climate change in this part of the world so far. They hope it will help understand how ecosystems and societies can adapt to climate change.
Involving res
Tivoli Park, Ljubljana's central park. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
Plans for a mega concert in Ljubljana's central park have sparked a public controversy over whether mass events should be banned from what is one of the capital's major conservation areas in order to protect wildlife.
The person at the centre of controversy is Magnifico, a popular singer-songwriter
President Nataša Pirc Musar (left) presents the Golden Bee award to Fiona Chambers, executive director of the Australian Wheen Bee Foundation. Photo: Katja Kodba/STA

Australian bee foundation wins Golden Bee award

Environment & NatureScience & Education
The Australian Wheen Bee Foundation is the winner of this year's Golden Bee award, a prize given out by Slovenia on World Bee Day in recognition of achievements in the promotion, conservation and research of bees and other pollinators.
The Wheen Bee Foundation is a non-profit organisation raising a
A bumblebee on a sunflower. Photo: Danilo Bevk

Humble bumblebees doing tremendous job

Environment & NatureScience & Education
Bee may be the buzzword as World Bee Day is celebrated around the globe at Slovenia's initiative on 20 May, but the day underlines the importance of all pollinators, including bumblebees, which researchers say are doing a tremendous job.
Bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other
Zero waste cafe Vetrinjc BarCoda in Maribor. Photo: Andreja Seršen Dobaj/STA
A cafe at the Vetrinje Mansion, an arts events venue in the centre of Maribor, has joined the Zero Waste Slovenija network as the first zero waste cafe in the country.
Vetrinjc BarCoda generates just 60 grams of waste per customer and the whole cafe produces less waste than an average Slovenian thr
The Lovrenc Lakes, a rare example of pristine high-altitude wetlands. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

New nature park created in Pohorje

Environment & NatureSociety
Woody high-altitude wetlands and mountain pastures that have long attracted visitors to Pohorje, a lush massif in northeast Slovenia, will enjoy special protection with the creation of a new Pohorje Regional Park.
The park stretches over 52 square kilometres in the upper altitudes of Pohorje and in
Three bivouac shelters from waste cans to be built in the mountains. Photo: Laško Union brewery
The Slovenian Alpine Association, the country's largest brewery and other partners have teamed up to collect waste aluminium cans and turn them into bivouac shelters in the mountains.
The cans will be collected for a year in dedicated yellow bins at 16 locations around the country as part of a proj
Trees in autumn shades. Foto: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
Slovenia's Earth Overshoot Day landed on 25 April this year, which is one week later than last year. The day, also known as Ecological Debt Day, marks the day when the annual biocapacity of Earth would be used up if everyone lived like people in Slovenia do.
According to the Global Footprint Networ
Snow on a blooming meadow in Ljubljana. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

From hot to freezing in a day

Environment & Nature
Shorts are out and winter coats and gloves are back in in Slovenia after temperature rollercoaster brought down readings by up to 26 degrees Celsius in a single day in a new record.
After more than ten days of unseasonably warm, summer-like weather with temperatures hitting 30C and over, the countr
A vantage point above Radlje ob Dravi on the Stari Grad (Old Castle) nature trail, one of the 14th best forest educational trails this year. Photo: Vesna Pušnik Brezovnik/STA

The mysteries of forest up close

Environment & NatureTravels
Slovenia is rich in forests that bustle with wildlife and one way to experience and explore them is by taking one of the many educational trials that criss-cross the country.
There are around 700 nature trails in Slovenia running more than 5,600 kilometres in length. Of these, 93 are forest trails