Unusual Cold Threatens Russian Fruit Crop

Unusual Cold Threatens Russian Fruit Crop

February 12, 2012

Russian agricultural officials say the abnormally cold temperatures are certain to have an adverse effect on this year’s harvest.

In Saratov Kray, where temperatures have dropped to as low as -35 Celsius, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Anatoly Kutsenko said only about half of the country’s grapevines are sheltered by protective earthen barriers.

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Scores of ships confined to port – Ice shuts Danube in half-a-dozen countries

Scores of ships confined to port – Ice shuts Danube in half-a-dozen countries

February 12, 2012

BELGRADE: Thick ice has closed hundreds of kilometres (miles) of the Danube river in half-a-dozen countries and confined scores of ships to port on the busiest European waterway, officials said yesterday. The 2,860-kilometre (1,780-mile) river, which flows through nine countries and is vital for transport, power, irrigation, industry and fishing, was wholly or partially blocked from Austria to its mouth on the Black Sea.

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