Environment

Environment
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.

Saturday, September 20th 2014 - 09:34 UTC

Pioneer initiative to triple Brazil's marine protected areas project

“The coastal zone is currently one of the most environmentally threatened regions in Brazil” said Izabella Teixeira, Brazil’s Minister of Environment

A pioneer initiative will more than triple the ocean area under environmental protection in Brazil, from 5.5 million hectares to over 17.5 million, an area larger than Greece.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 07:09 UTC

South Atlantic whale sanctuary rejected at the IWC meeting

Whales basking along the Uruguayan coast

The world's whaling watchdog rejected a bid to expand protection in the South Atlantic. The issue were put to a vote on the closing day of the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) 65th meeting in Slovenia.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:58 UTC

Tougher scrutiny of Japanese bids to kill whales for “scientific research”

The New Zealand resolution drew heavily on findings by the ICJ that nations wishing to engage in whale research must show why killing is justified.

Nations agreed on measures Thursday to toughen scrutiny of future Japanese bids to kill whales in the name of scientific research, which critics say is a cover for commercial hunts.

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