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Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 18:04 UTC

Cephalopods numbers have increased over the last six decades, says Adelaide university study

To investigate long-term trends in cephalopod abundance, the study’s authors compiled a global database of cephalopod catch rates from 1953 to 2013.

According to a new study published in the journal Current Biology, cephalopods’ numbers have increased in the world’s oceans over the past six decades. Cephalopods are a diverse group of highly developed mollusks that includes squid, cuttlefish, octopuses and nautiloids.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 07:02 UTC

UK tremor: North Yorkshire approve fracking operations

 The vote triggered a fierce response from environmentalists who see fracking as a threat to local countryside and a deviation from UK climate-change promises.

The first fracking operation in the UK since 2011 earthquake scares has been approved by North Yorkshire councilors, stirring a fresh debate on the benefits and risks of the controversial gas extraction method. Councilors granted permission to UK firm Third Energy to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at an existing drilling site near the village of Kirby Misperton.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 06:23 UTC

Falklands hopeful of improved relations with Argentina, Gilbert House tells BIMR conference

Cherie Clifford, MLA Dr. Barry Elsby meet CPA Secretary General Akbar Khan at the States of Assembly in the island of Jersey

Falkland Islands remains hopeful of improved relations with the new administration of Argentina and cooperation in the many areas of mutual interest such as fisheries and connectivity, but sovereignty of the Falklands is not for negotiation, reads the Gilbert House report to the 46th British Isles and Mediterranean Region Conference, which opened on Sunday in Jersey.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 21:42 UTC

Falkland Islands' biosecurity officers thwart Argentine ant army invasion

The ants were identified by UK experts as the extremely invasive Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile),

By Ross James, Biosecurity Officer for Penguin News - An Argentine army, thousands strong invaded the Falklands recently, and their arrival went unnoticed for several weeks before the alarm was raised. The Argentine Ants arrived aboard a yacht which had sailed non-stop around the world from Australia, non-stop that is until huge waves swept the singlehanded 78 year-old sailor overboard and capsized his yacht as he rounded Cape Horn. In a stroke of luck a subsequent wave righted the vessel and at the same time the sailor was able to pull himself back aboard.

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 16:44 UTC

IAATO celebrates 25th anniversary with record number or participants; Bob Simpson reappointed

“There was a great sense of unity and achievement in the room when the meeting closed”, said Bob Simpson, Chair of IAATO’s Executive Committee.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has concluded its 25th anniversary meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, USA with a record number of participating members. Sixty-nine members attended, agreeing on changes to membership structure and outcomes that strengthen the association’s ability to achieve its mission of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic.

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 08:25 UTC

UK's state of the art polar research ship to be named Sir David Attenborough

The decision to name the ship after Sir David Attenborough comes only days before Sir David’s 90th birthday and is in recognition of his legacy in British broadcasting

The United Kingdom's £200 million state-of-the-art polar research ship is to be named after world renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, the Science Minister Jo Johnson confirmed on Friday. Following a call for suggestions that sparked global interest, Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough has been selected as a name that captures the ship’s scientific mission and celebrates the broadcaster’s contribution to natural science.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 22:17 UTC

“Whale recovery in Falklands” and an explosion of sightings

Peak of whale sightings: January to March each year

”Whale recovery in Falklands’ waters was the subject of an article in Penguin News in October last year. It outlined the Marine Spatial Planning team’s efforts to capture the story of the mammal’s recovery.

Saturday, April 30th 2016 - 11:10 UTC

Sea elephant sighted in the Uruguay River, some 200kms north of the River Plate

Apparently it's the same sea mammal sighted a few days ago, further south,  in Mercedes, Uruguay, which has also seen its coastline flooded.

A sea elephant has been sighted in the shores of Gualeguaychu, next to the River Uruguay, deep in the Argentine heartland province of Entre Ríos, which together with the opposite coast in neighboring Uruguay has suffered uncommon high floods that have left part of several cities covered in water.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 12:05 UTC

China plans to track moon spacecrafts from its station in Argentine Patagonia

The Quintuco station is expected to become active in March in 2017 and next June the main antenna will begin to be assembled

In March next year, China's space and satellite tracking station in Quintuco, Argentine Patagonia will become operational, according to members from China's Space Agency, CLTC, who advanced that in June scientists will be mounting the station's antenna to explore outer space.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 - 16:43 UTC

Gibraltar featured in 'Britain's treasure islands' documentary series

Gibraltar is featured in Episode 3 of the series to be shown on BBC4 on Tuesday 26th April at 9pm and repeated on Wednesday 27th April at 8pm (Gibraltar time).

Gibraltar's wildlife and natural environment has been included in the latest documentary series aired by the BBC showcasing the biodiversity, culture and history of the United Kingdom's Overseas Territories.

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