Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

Wales ‘Rich soup of life’ in Gwent wetlands at risk from motorway

The Gwent Levels is a low-lying patchwork of wetlands, divided by drainage ditches first dug by the Romans, that is so full of life that conservationists compare its diversity to the Amazon rainforest.

But this quiet corner of south-east Wales may soon disappear under concrete if the Labour-led Welsh government gives the go-ahead for a new 14-mile stretch of motorway to be carved through the ancient levels.Civil servants in Cardiff are currently examining a planning inspector’s report on the proposal, which is designed to ease congestion in and around Newport, and the Welsh assembly is expected to vote on the plans at the start of December.

“It’s a terrible idea, simple as that,” said Rob Waller, a Newport resident and volunteer at Magor Marsh, one of the four sites of special scientific interest that will be affected by the motorway. “I was just sitting there in the hay meadow. There was a buzzard circling overhead and the rustling of reeds behind me. It’s a beautiful spot. Why would anyone want to destroy this?”

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