Environment

Environment
Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 11:40 UTC

Falklands sea lion population recovering, but still a fraction of the 1930s estimate

The number of pups represents an increase of 60% over the last count in 2003

In the 1930s the Falkland Islands were reputed to hold the largest population of Southern sea lions, with a staggering 80,000 pups estimated to be born each year. However, a census in the 1960s and again in the 1990s revealed the population had declined by more than 90%.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:18 UTC

On Mother Earth Day, Ban Ki-moon calls for 'global transformation of attitude and practice'

Action on climate change presents multiple opportunities to “reset our relationship” with Mother Earth

On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the planet.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:06 UTC

Cruise Lines association highlights efforts to promote environmental performance

Many lines are using ecological, non-toxic, slick hull coatings that increase energy efficiency and reduce air emissions.

In commemoration of Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) highlighted on Tuesday the extensive efforts of the cruise industry and CLIA member lines to preserve and protect the environment.

Monday, April 21st 2014 - 07:47 UTC

Peruvian fish meal and fish oil companies losing money, claims the industry

SNP president Elena Conterno blames fishing quotas and new regulations

Out of a total of 12 Peruvian companies in the fishmeal and fish oil industry, only two recorded profits during 2013, while the other ten accumulated a loss equivalent to 87.4 million dollars, according to the country's National Society of Fisheries, SNP.

Monday, April 21st 2014 - 07:13 UTC

Argentine experiment to catch livestock's flatulence and convert it into energy

Each cow can produce 300 liters of methane gas a day

Argentina's National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) has invented a way to convert cow flatulence into usable energy, and it involves putting a plastic backpack on a cow. Livestock are responsible for a remarkable amount of global methane emissions, which are a major cause of global warming.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 08:38 UTC

Water rationing round the corner for the metropolis of Sao Paulo, admits major utility

The Cantareira reservoir is at just 12.7% of its capacity, with no rain in sight and 20 million thirsty

The metropolis of Sao Paulo may have to ration water this year if reservoir levels are not replenished, Brazil's largest water and sewage utility said, an increasing possibility as the southeast region heads into its dry season.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 19:44 UTC

Renewable energy keeps advancing despite a drop in overall investment

The falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems was partly responsible for a lesser sum of investment.

Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14% drop in investments to 214.4 billion dollars, according to a new report released on Monday and produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 07:13 UTC

Lightning storms kill more than 60 cows in southern Chile

In one incident nine cows taken cover under a tree were killed and one blinded

Ranchers in southern Chile say a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars. Torrential storms and lightning on Sunday spawned the strikes in south-central Chile.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014 - 07:46 UTC

Record breaking downpour causes flashfloods and mudslides in seven Argentine provinces

In some places rainfall registered was almost the annual average

More than 3.000 people have been forced to abandon their homes in Argentina as torrential rains and flash floods in the last 24 hours hit at least seven provinces. Classes have been suspended, as well as public transport and so have some of the main highways.

Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 03:31 UTC

IAATO moves their office to Newport, Rhode Island

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) which currently has 116 members, announced that their office has moved from Providence to Newport, Rhode Island.

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