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November frosts fail to foil fungi
November frosts fail to foil fungi
November is popularly known as the month of frost in Latvia – an not without reason. Even if the meteorological winter has arrived, November still belongs to autumn on the calendar and still sees certain species of fungus flourishing in Latvia's forests.
Where does Latvia's school canteen food waste end up?
Where does Latvia's school canteen food waste end up?
Next year, the sorting of biological waste will be mandatory in Latvia. Some municipalities are already practicing it, elsewhere it is only a thought. As much of bio-waste originates in kitchens, Latvian Radio looked at what is done at municipal institutions, schools and kindergartens, where food is prepared daily in much larger volumes than in households.
November 18 fireworks will only be seen in two cities
November 18 fireworks will only be seen in two cities
Only Ogre and Ventspils will host fireworks on Latvia's independence day – November 18 – but elsewhere in Latvia there will be various illuminated environmental installations, multi-medial laser performances, and light shows, according to information compiled by the agency LETA.
Waste managers prepare for mandatory bio-waste sorting next year
Waste managers prepare for mandatory bio-waste sorting next year
In Latvia, as elsewhere in the European Union (EU), it will be mandatory for all municipalities to ensure the sorting of biodegradable waste from next year. LSM.lv contacted Latvia's leading waste management companies to find out what is being done and how Latvian residents will be encouraged to sort the waste.
Unsorted waste mountains grow in Latvia
Unsorted waste mountains grow in Latvia
The volume of municipal waste in Latvia is growing. Last year, one resident of Rīga and Pierīga created an average of 280 kilograms of unsorted municipal waste that ended up in the Getliņi landfill, according to data from Getliņi Eko. To try to reduce the amount of waste, the company unveiled a campaign on Tuesday, Latvian Radio reports.
Fungus found in Latvia for first time
Fungus found in Latvia for first time
Exciting news in the mycology world –  a species of fungus has been found in Latvia for the first time. In the Slītere National Park, the Irpicodon pendulus or pendent bracket has been found by nature expert Ritvars Rekmais and local resident Pēteris Dambergs, the Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) said Tuesday, November 14.
Former Soviet monument park to be reopened to public on Saturday
Former Soviet monument park to be reopened to public on Saturday
The park which for many years held the association with a giant obelisk, red tulip carpets and Russian songs on May 9, the Soviet 'Victory' day, has acquired a new identity. It will be opened to the public on Saturday, November 11, Latvian Television reports.
Rīga residents question trashcan penalties
Rīga residents question trashcan penalties
Some residents of Rīga have noticed that a new "payment" has been appearing on their bills from the building manager for a couple of months – a penalty for violations in waste sorting. 
More pavements to be snow-shoveled centrally in Rīga
More pavements to be snow-shoveled centrally in Rīga
Some property owners in Rīga will not have to start each morning with a shovel anymore. Last year, the municipality decided to move to centralized pavement cleaning within three years, and this winter, the second step of the transition is to be implemented.
Zolitūde tragedy memorial park construction begins
Zolitūde tragedy memorial park construction begins
Work has begun on transforming the site of the collapsed Zolitūde Maxima supermarket into a memorial for the victims of the tragedy. It is scheduled to be completed in spring 2025, Latvian Radio reported on November 1.
Around 10,000 Rīga households do not have central sewage access
Around 10,000 Rīga households do not have central sewage access
Nearly ten thousand households in Rīga manage sewage locally. Since early 2021, the number of such households has somewhat dropped, but there are still people waiting for infrastructure to be built closer to their house, Latvian Radio reported November 1.
Land parcel in Rīga cleared from 6,000 tonnes of trash
Land parcel in Rīga cleared from 6,000 tonnes of trash
An industrial territory in Rīga, Imanta district, has been cleared of significant and long-term pollution, the State Environmental Service (VVD) said Tuesday. In total, the area housed around 6,000 tonnes of different types of waste, including hazardous waste.
Kuldīga wages tech war against fish poachers
Kuldīga wages tech war against fish poachers
River Venta has high water levels this autumn, providing favorable conditions for salmon – and for poachers. The municipality of Kuldīga has installed surveillance cameras but poachers have also equipped themselves with thermal cameras and drones that allow them to record the approaching of inspectors, Latvian Radio reported October 31.
Alūksne faces a bird-and-beaver problem
Alūksne faces a bird-and-beaver problem
The biggest treasure of the city of Alūksne is the lake and castle park, but the lake's abundance of fish is popular among cormorants, while the trees of the park are often visited by beavers. In order to prevent damage, the Alūksne Municipal government is assessing the possibility of allowing hunting in the city, Latvian Radio reported October 18.
Rīga tries out state-of-the-art ditch
Rīga tries out state-of-the-art ditch
To prevent streets and courtyards in Rīga from flooding, the city is proudly trying out a new system. Or not so new. A ditch has been dug in a courtyard to see whether and how fast it would solve the problem, Latvian Television reported on October 16.
Motorcycles a pressing problem in forests of Latvia
Motorcycles a pressing problem in forests of Latvia
Ložmetējlkalns or the "Machine-gun Hill", where the so-called Christmas battles took place during World War I, is a cultural and historic place to protect, however, it has been ravaged by motorcycle riders over several years, reports Latvian television's 4. studija broadcast on October 15. 
Rīga's Great Cemetery temporarily closed due to falling trees and branches
Rīga's Great Cemetery temporarily closed due to falling trees and branches
Twenty-five trees have been toppled or broken down in the storm of October 8 and 9 at the Great Cemetery in Rīga. Experts have concluded that 12 trees are dangerous and about 50 more need assessment, so the Great Cemetery is temporarily closed for visitors, the territory manager Rīga Forests Ltd said October 13.
Barnacle geese hunted illegally at Pape nature park
Barnacle geese hunted illegally at Pape nature park
Inspectors of the Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) have found that three protected barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) were hunted in the Pape nature park last weekend – a species of goose that cannot be hunted in Latvia. 
Travelers advised against bringing foreign plants into Latvia
Travelers advised against bringing foreign plants into Latvia
On foreign trips, let us enjoy exotic plants, take pictures of them, but not take them home, a new European Food Safety Authority campaign calls. This is because with green souvenir -- a beautiful plant -- you can bring different diseases and pests from abroad, Latvian Television reports Sunday, October 8.
Family creates makeshift maternity ward for snakes
Family creates makeshift maternity ward for snakes
Snakes are often feared and are often killed because of that. But there is a family in the municipality of Augšdaugava who have achieved the opposite, helping hundreds of little snakes hatch, Latvian Television's 4. studija reported October 5.

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