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Environment
Friday, May 22nd 2015 - 10:21 UTC

El Niño could again disrupt global food markets later this year

Professor Scaife said there was a 70% chance of a “moderate” El Niño event towards the end of this year that is likely to lead to droughts and crop failures.<br />

A strong El Niño is likely to increase prices of staple foods such as rice, coffee, sugar and cocoa, say scientists. Forecasters agree that the El Niño effect, which can drive droughts and flooding, is under way in the tropical Pacific, but they say it is too early to say how severe it will be.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 20:34 UTC

Research icebreaker Polarstern en route to investigate climate change in Arctic

“This is an especially exciting cruise this year, since it marks the first time in the past 30 years that the sea-ice has melted so early,” explains biologist Peeken.

Research icebreaker Polarstern left its home port in Bremerhaven on Tuesday setting a course for the Arctic. Led by Dr Ilka Peeken from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) a team of 53 researchers from 11 countries will investigate the effects of climate change in the Arctic, from the surface ice floes down to the seafloor

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 01:53 UTC

Monsanto hits back with global campaign: “food is more than just a meal, it's love”

“Discover Monsanto” campaign calls on consumers to “be part of the conversation” and ask about company’s GE seeds and key herbicide products.

As the seed and chemical maker Monsanto woos Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta, the US company is also is trying to win over consumers in key international markets, rolling out social media and marketing campaigns.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:41 UTC

Giant washed-up squid found on NZ beach displayed at Kaikoura aquarium

The mantle is more than 2 meters long, and the longest tentacle measures over five meters. The diameter of each eye was found to be around 19 centimeters.

A local aquarium in New Zealand reported that a giant washed-up squid has been found on a beach at South Bay in Kaikoura. Reportedly, a man—who was out with his dog for a stroll at the beach—accidentally stumbled upon the marine creature with long tentacles.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Polar Code does not adequately protect Antarctic environment from shipping, says ASOC

ASOC believes that an effective Polar Code should require vessels sailing in Antarctic waters to completely stop discharging raw sewage.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition voiced its disappointment over the lack of any significant new provisions in Part II of the Polar Code that would adequately protect the Antarctic environment from shipping. The London-based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday adopted Part II of the Polar Code concerning pollution prevention.

Wednesday, May 13th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

IDB 216m dollars loan for Uruguay to support construction of wind farms

Financing for the wind farms is partly supported by the China Co-financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean, created by Beijing

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) continues to support the expansion of renewable energy in Uruguay through two financial packages, totaling 216 million dollars, which were approved for the private sector to finance part of the construction of the Colonia Airas and Valentines wind farms and their related works.

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 - 08:43 UTC

Obama approves oil drilling in the Arctic Sea under certain conditions

“We have taken a thoughtful approach to carefully considering potential exploration in the Chukchi Sea,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper.

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday approved petroleum giant Shell's request to begin drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Sea under certain conditions, despite opposition from environmental groups.

Monday, May 11th 2015 - 10:33 UTC

Sei whales found dead in southern Chile: red tide or virus suspected death cause

Images showed the decaying mammals grouped together and laid out along a grass-and-rock shoreline. They were discovered by a group of foreign scientists (Pic AP)

More than 20 whales were found dead and rotting along a rocky coast of southern Chile, maritime officials said, as they tried to determine what killed them and when. The whales, discovered beached north of the Gulf of Penas, measured about 10 meters long, according to officials with Chile's national fisheries service.

Friday, May 8th 2015 - 18:34 UTC

David vs. Goliath: small-cap tech to save giant coal

EPA regulations add a further 28 states to the 22 states who already have similar state-imposed mercury emission compliance regulations.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new mercury pollution regulations that took effect last month opened the flood gates for a new multi-billion-dollar energy industry that has investors scrambling to get in on second-generation technology poised for massive revenue gains.

Friday, May 8th 2015 - 08:21 UTC

IAATO agrees to ban recreational use of UAVs in Antarctica’s coastal areas

The UAV's ban will be reviewed next year to allow for potential technological advances and further developments within the regulatory community.

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) members have agreed that, for the 2015-16 season, they will not allow the recreational use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas of Antarctica.

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