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Environment
Tuesday, October 28th 2014 - 13:12 UTC

Megaladons the giant shark predator that kept whales on the run

The megalodon was not only large, it was powerful as well. Four times the size of a modern great white, with jaws wide enough to swallow a whole cow.

Few fish are as steeped in myth and conjecture as the megalodon, a giant shark that lived roughly 28 million to a few million years ago. This fearsome-looking shark is the subject of numerous documentaries, rumored sightings, and even well-funded search expeditions. While the species may be extinct, its legend certainly lives on.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 07:01 UTC

UK wind farms generated more power than the nuclear stations

Wind farms are causing controversy in rural areas and the government is choking off planning permission for new sites

The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says. The energy network operator said it was caused by a combination of high winds and faults in nuclear plants.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 21:56 UTC

AOA calls on CCAMLR to agree on marine protection of the Ross Sea and East Antarctica

A joint US-NZ proposal to designate a Ross Sea marine protected area (MPA) of 1.32 million km2 (with 1.25 million km2 as “no take”) is under consideration

As representatives of the 25 Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meet this week in Hobart, where they will decide the fate of two key protection proposals in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) (*) called on the member countries to honor their conservation commitments and finally agree to lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.

Friday, October 17th 2014 - 07:01 UTC

IDB loan for a 48.6 MW wind farm to be developed by Uruguay's private sector

Currently, roughly 45% of Uruguay's power capacity is hydroelectric; 38% thermoelectric plants and the remaining 17% renewable energy

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of up to 42.2 million dollars to help the private sector in Uruguay finance the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a 48.6 MW wind farm and its associated facilities.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

HMS Iron Duke and Ice Patrol HMS Protector coincide in South Georgia

Frigate HMS Iron Duke will be patrolling the area including a call at the Falklands

The Royal Navy HMS Iron Duke on Atlantic Patrol Tasking south berthed this week in South Georgia for a few days where she also met with Ice Patrol HMS Protector which arrived at the islands on her deployment to Antarctica, after battling hurricane force winds and 24 meters waves.

Tuesday, October 7th 2014 - 22:08 UTC

Enhancing safe navigation in polar waters

“It has taken considerable work and time to set up this system”, said Captain Leif Skog of Lindblad Expeditions, a long-time member of IAATO

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association for Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), in cooperation with Lindblad Expeditions, have found a way for cruise operators to share years of depth soundings from the Arctic and Antarctica.

Sunday, October 5th 2014 - 10:05 UTC

Huge gathering or Pacific walruses in Alaska beach because of climate change

NOAA photographed the gathering, known as a haul-out, north of the village of Point Lay over the weekend.

Scientists have photographed the largest gathering of Pacific walruses ever recorded, on a beach in northern Alaska, blaming climate change for the estimated 35,000 females and calves huddled beside the Chukchi Sea.

Friday, September 26th 2014 - 06:42 UTC

US expands marine reserve in the Pacific to three times the size of California

“We have a responsibility to make sure... the future has the same ocean to serve it. Not to be abused, but to preserve and utilize” said John Kerry

US President Barack Obama has signed a memorandum to expand a vast marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will become the largest network of oceanic protected areas in the world.

Wednesday, September 24th 2014 - 15:44 UTC

Marina blasts Dilma Rousseff for not supporting UN deforestation dead line initiative

“Our president did not sign in support of protecting those forests, which is regrettable and disappointing”, said Marina Silva

Environmentalist and presidential opposition candidate Marina Silva blasted Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff for not supporting an initiative to put a deadline on deforestation supported by 32 countries this Tuesday during the Climate summit in New York.

Wednesday, September 24th 2014 - 15:42 UTC

Deforestation deadline initiative watered down by lack of support from Brazil

“We were not consulted; I think that it’s impossible to think that you can have a global forest initiative without Brazil on board”, said minister Izabella Teixeira

More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join.

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