Environment

Environment
Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 12:59 UTC

Uruguay receives IDB credit to boost investment in renewable energies

A common sight in top hills of Uruguay, a display of wind turbines

As part of Uruguay long term plan to promote investment in infrastructure and finance investment in electric power plants using renewable energy resources, essentially wind and solar so as to diversify the country energy mix and cut CO2 emissions, the country will be receiving a 250 million dollar credit line from the Inter American Development Bank, IDB.

Saturday, December 13th 2014 - 04:07 UTC

Argentina purchases four Russian multipurpose polar Supply-class tugs

A Neftegaz tug under operations in Russia, similar to the ones presumably purchased by Argentina

Argentina's ministry of Defense has signed an agreement for the purchase of four Russian-built multipurpose polar tugs, class NEFTEGAZ, at a total cost of just over eight million dollars.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 08:59 UTC

Plastic litter in oceans estimated in 269.000 tons, say US scientists

“There's much more plastic pollution out there than recent estimates suggest,” said Marcus Eriksen, research director for 5 Gyres Institute

Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans: plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more.

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 11:09 UTC

Ten months of 2014 the hottest on record; land surface temperature up 2 Celsius degrees

Any temperature increase above the 2 degree Celsius mark is “dangerous,” according to the non-binding international agreement on climate change

Despite the record early snowfall in parts of the United States in recent weeks, 2014 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record and according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, the first ten months of this year have been the hottest since record keeping began more than 130 years ago.

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 - 22:31 UTC

Chile holds first Mayors climate change forum with UK support

Chilean mayors participating at the Forum together with former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos.

Chile's first Mayors Climate Change Forum, a local government-led initiative focused on cities, local territories and climate change took place in late November with the support of the British Embassy in Santiago.

Thursday, November 27th 2014 - 06:50 UTC

Antarctica sea ice thicker than anticipated reveals an autonomous sub

SeaBed was released in the Antarctic spring seasons of 2010 and 2012 to sample ice thickness in six locations that included the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas (Pic BAS)

A novel autonomous sub has acquired the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice. Released from a ship, the vehicle crisscrossed the underside of the floes, using upward-looking sonar to measure their shape.

Tuesday, November 25th 2014 - 22:59 UTC

Falklands experience in energy projects attracts strong interest in Latam conference and Chile

Engineer Glenn Ross was a special guest speaker at the renewable energy conference, RELACCX held last week in Puerto Rico

The Falkland Islands experience in implementing energy projects, both conventional and wind farms was shared with the attendants of the recent RELACCX (Renewable Energy Latin America and Caribbean Conference and Exhibition) event, held in Puerto Rico, and where Falklands' engineer Glenn Ross was an invited speaker.

Monday, November 24th 2014 - 07:31 UTC

IMO adopts Polar Code which comes into force in 2017; environmental groups unsatisfied

While the Polar Code is a good step at recognizing the risks of Arctic shipping, ”it still fails to directly address the highest potential risk of a heavy fuel oil spill.”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the Polar Code aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions. Several environmental groups have criticized the measures for not going far enough to protect the Arctic and Antarctic environments, arguing that while the new code is a positive step forward, it is insufficient to properly protect Polar environments from the anticipated increased levels of shipping activity.

Monday, November 24th 2014 - 07:03 UTC

Peru investigating the death of 500 sea lions found on a northern beach

Agents said the bodies were of young as well as old animals, the official Andina news agency reported.

Peru is investigating the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a beach on its northern coastline. The local governor has accused fishermen of poisoning the mammals, which usually come close to the shore looking for food.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 07:51 UTC

Greenpeace condemns Japan’s rush to resume Antarctic whaling

Japan’s new program sets a quota of 333 minke whales, no fin whales and no humpback whales from 2015 to 2026.

Greenpeace on Tuesday condemned the Government of Japan's rush to resume Antarctic whaling and called on them to abide by world opinion and the clearly expressed desires of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

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