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Wednesday, August 26th 2015 - 06:36 UTC

World Dog Day celebrated with and online interactive info-graphic

From working dogs on Australian farms to beloved pets in many of our homes, dogs are valued members of the community

Around the world humankind benefits from its relationship with dogs; a truth which is at the core of World Dog Day, celebrated annually on the 26th August. In recognition and celebration of the age-old union between Man and Dog, HealthforAnimals has created an online interactive info-graphic, detailing the many valuable roles dogs perform in societies all around the world.

Wednesday, August 26th 2015 - 06:12 UTC

US NOAA to investigate whale stranding as an “unusual mortality event”

Since May 2015, 11 fin whales, 14 humpbacks, one gray whale and four unidentified cetaceans have stranded around islands of western Gulf of Alaska

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an “unusual mortality event,” triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause. An unusual mortality event is a stranding event that is unexpected, involves a significant die-off of a marine mammal population and demands immediate response.

Saturday, August 22nd 2015 - 01:48 UTC

Magallanes warns of minus 10 Celsius temperatures this weekend

Several serious traffic accidents have been reported because of the ice conditions in roads

Magallanes Region in the extreme south of Chile must prepare for a weekend of freezing below zero temperatures announced the regional meteorological office. In the early mornings of Saturday and Sunday, the thermometer is expected to register 10 Celsius below zero, with the wind factor even lower.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 06:17 UTC

California sinking as pumping groundwater continues in response to historic drought, says NASA

“Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows -- up to 30 meters lower than previous records,” said Mark Cowin.

California's Department of Water Resources released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly 5 centimeters per month in some locations, as Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to a historic drought.

Wednesday, August 19th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

Sargassum seaweed, 'greatest single threat to the Caribbean tourism industry'

”This phenomenon is a threat to our brand and therefore we must do all we can to protect this brand,” Sir Hilary said at the UWI's symposium

It would take at least US$120 million and more than 100,000 people to clean up the Sargassum seaweed that has created “an international crisis” and “the greatest single threat” to the Caribbean, according to Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles.

Monday, August 17th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Ecuador declares state of emergency as volcano Cotopaxi becomes active

Two minor explosions Friday at Cotopaxi, about 43.5 miles south of Quito, led to a precautionary evacuation of small towns in the center of the country.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency Saturday after increased activity the day before at the giant Cotopaxi volcano, giving the government greater leeway to mobilize financial resources in the event of an eruption.

Thursday, August 13th 2015 - 07:05 UTC

Rain and floods in Buenos Aires province become a political challenge

In the north of the province, around 11,000 remained evacuated as a result of the rise of the Lujan, Arrecifes, Salto, Areco and Matanza rivers

Over 20.000 people are estimated to have been evacuated or suffering flooding because of continued rains in Buenos Aires province where a wind alert for the River Plate area and coastal zones is hampering draining possibilities, a situation which started last week and is expected to last until Sunday.

Thursday, August 13th 2015 - 03:11 UTC

Falkland Islands: Shackleton Fund delivers £10,700 in research scholarships

Cats, domestic and feral, are the object of Mr. Nathan McNally’s project, for which he has been awarded £1.700. Mr McNally comes from New Zealand

The Shackleton Scholarship Fund, closely linked to the Falkland Islands, has announced their academic awards for 2015. Scholars come from a variety of countries, ranging from Germany to Australia, and the topics chosen are all from the natural sciences.

Wednesday, August 12th 2015 - 08:25 UTC

Sargassum bloom are ruining Caribbean beaches and tourism season

The seaweed invasion has hit Caribbean shorelines so severely that some tourists have cancelled summer trips and locals call it a “natural disaster.” (Pic Reuters)

The picture-perfect beaches and turquoise waters that people expect on their visits to the Caribbean are increasingly being fouled by mats of decaying seaweed that attract biting sand fleas and smell like rotten eggs.

Tuesday, August 11th 2015 - 07:18 UTC

State of emergency in north of Chile because of torrential rain and floods

“Some people lost all their belongings, others have been left in very complex situations,” the president said in the city of Tocopilla.

A state of emergency has been declared by the Chilean government in the northern cities of Antofagasta and Tocopilla due to the strong winds, heavy rains, flashfloods and mudslides. President Michelle Bachelet visited the north on Monday to observe first-hand the damage caused by a storm that left six people dead nationwide.

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