Stories for September 11th 2007
Scientists from the Center of Scientific Studies of Valdivia (CECS) said this week that Chile's glaciers are melting at twice the speed observed just ten years ago. The scientists, who recently participated in a specially called international forum on glaciers, also warned that this trend could have devastating ramifications due to current plans to construct hydroelectric dams around Chile.
The fisheries industry in the Patagonia region is going through a critical moment attributed to a combination of factors that include tax measures, operation costs significantly rising, a slump in international prices, and prolonged biological bans, stated the sector's chamber.
World oil prices threatened to hit a new high today ahead of a crunch meeting between the Opec oil-producing states where they will decide on whether to increase production.
Rockhopper Exploration Plc received the final processed volume of 3-D data collected by CGG between November 2006 and January 2007.
Decades of wrangling between London and Brussels over switching to metric will come to an end with an announcement that imperial measures can carry on indefinitely.
Once again, the city will pause for four moments of silence to mark the attacks that killed more than 2,700 people. Family members will lay flowers where the twin towers fell, and the names of victims will be read.
Gibraltar will be calling a General Election Thursday October 11. Governor Sir Robert Fulton, advised by Chief Minister Peter Caruana issued a Proclamation dissolving Parliament and convening the General Election.
Argentine Patagonia province Chubut will launch a satellite control programme for artisanal fishing vessels operating along its coasts similar to that used for land transport. The initiative is part of a certification process so that produce can be marked by origin and classified according to zones.
A senior United Nations official called this week for action not only to tackle the causes of global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also to cope with its effects such as the increasing vulnerability of agriculture which places developing countries especially at risk.
Bolivia announced this week foreign energy corporations have promised to invest more than 580 million US dollars in 2007, about three times more than last year. The announcement comes a month after President Evo Morales threatened the industry with ignoring contracts if they were not committed to investing in Bolivia.