Environment

Environment
Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 05:52 UTC

Obama and Rousseff agree their nations are 'natural partners' and working on an 'upward trajectory'

“I believe that this visit marks one more step in a new more ambitious chapter in the relations between our countries,” Obama said.

President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sought Tuesday to cast their nations as “natural partners” collaborating closely on critical issues like climate and regional diplomacy, glossing over recent tensions over spying that have strained relations between the first and seventh world economies.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 - 07:48 UTC

World Medical Association welcomes report on climate change and health

“We physicians, have the opportunity to help the public and decision-makers better understand the health implications of climate change”, said Dr. Xavier Deau

The World Medical Association welcomed the Lancet Commission's latest report on climate change, which it says reiterates the serious concerns of physicians that climate change poses an unacceptably high threat to health.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 - 07:15 UTC

Driest June in Santiago in fifty years worsens pollution in the midst of Copa America match

Santiago de Chile high pollution levels

Chile's capital Santiago has experienced the driest June in half a century, leading to unexpected headache-inducing levels of contamination and Andean ski slopes bereft of snow, with no rain clouds on the horizon. There has been zero precipitation in the month to date in Santiago, the first time that has happened in fifty years, according to meteorology records.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 - 06:17 UTC

Falklands engineer invited to speak on wind energy in Trinidad Tobago

Glenn Ross, from the Falkland Islands government, will talk about ”The integration of Wind Power into small (2MW) diesel systems”.

Glenn Ross from the Falkland Islands will be speaking on wind energy and integration to diesel systems at the annual conference of Trinidad and Tobago Professional Engineers Association (APETT) scheduled for June 25/26 at Point Lisas.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 08:47 UTC

Earth in new period of extinction: vertebrates, including humans, among first casualties

Stanford University Paul Ehrlich

The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties. The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 00:37 UTC

Francis calls on swift global action to confront environmental degradation

Francis used the encyclical “Laudato Si” to highlight the crisis posed by climate change and placed most of the blame on fossil fuels and human activity

Argentine Pope Francis called on Thursday for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, blending a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 00:24 UTC

Obama and Democrats support Pope's climate message, but Republicans dissented

 “We have a profound responsibility to protect our children, and our children's children, from the damaging impacts of climate change,” Obama said.

The Obama administration and congressional Democrats welcomed Pope Francis' call for sweeping action against climate change Thursday, but the pontiff's message was swiftly dismissed by GOP lawmakers.

Tuesday, June 16th 2015 - 05:13 UTC

Gas leak forces Petrobras to halt production at offshore platform: second incident in a month

The P-40, located about 175 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, is at the hub of a network of five platforms in Marlim Sul

Brazil's Petrobras halted production on Sunday from its P-40 platform in the offshore Marlim Sul field after a gas leak on the vessel, an oil workers' union and the country's petroleum regulator said on Monday.

Monday, June 15th 2015 - 06:02 UTC

“Out of the Blue”, photo competition sponsored by Prince of Wales to celebrates oceans and seas

The crest of the “Out of the Blue: The Prince of Wales's Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards”.

The Prince of Wales marked World Oceans Day, last 8 June by launching a new photography competition for Commonwealth citizens to celebrate the beauty and importance of our oceans and seas: “Out of the Blue: The Prince of Wales's Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards”.

Saturday, June 13th 2015 - 07:27 UTC

California orders the largest water cuts on record to help ease shortages

The state has already ordered cuts in water use by cities and towns and by many other farmers.

The state of California has ordered some of the largest water cuts on record to help ease shortages during the current drought. The move affects more than 100 senior water rights holders in the state's Delta, San Joaquin and Sacramento regions, including water districts that serve thousands of farmers and others.

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