Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 17:00 UTC

St Helena airport “too dangerous to use” opens prospect of £285m compensation claim

The airport was to be opened last May but test pilots said it was too dangerous to use, and it remains closed to commercial flights.

Britain faces the prospect of compensation claims over a disastrous overseas aid project to build an airport on the remote island of St Helena, according to reports in the UK media. The £285million flop became a symbol of Britain’s aid waste this year after experts warned it might never open because of severe problems with wind conditions on the British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, September 16th 2016 - 07:21 UTC

UK Overseas Territories Marine Protection Areas to double in four years

“Protecting four million sq kms of ocean is a fantastic achievement, converting our historic legacy into modern environmental success” said Sir Alan Duncan.

Speaking ahead of “Our Ocean” conference in Washington DC, Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan announced plans to double the area of ocean under marine protection around the UK Overseas Territories to around four million square kilometers, greater than the landmass of India.

Thursday, September 15th 2016 - 10:30 UTC

Bayer and Monsanto confirm merger in a $66bnm mega-deal; activists ready to protest

Bayer said it will spearhead the mega all-cash buyout in history in hopes of taking over Monsanto, world’s largest supplier of genetically modified seeds.

Seed and chemical giants Bayer and Monsanto said on Wednesday that they will merge to become one of the world’s biggest agriculture giants, a 66 billion-dollar mega-deal that could reshape the future of farming and enhance their influence over the planet’s food supply.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 21:02 UTC

Falklands mine clearance project receives a new £20m UK commitment

MLA Mike Poole said UK commitment's to clear the Islands of mines is ”a welcome move and we remain willing to assist practically and logistically where we can.”

The Falkland Islands Government, FIG, and Falkland Islanders have welcomed the announcement of a new £20m landmine clearance commitment by the UK which will make safe dozens of areas which have been unusable for residents and visitors. The project financed by the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defense will clear 46 minefields over the next two years and prepare for clearance another 27. So far more than 30 minefields have been cleared in the Falklands in recent years and this is in line with the UK obligations under the Ottawa Treaty.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 17:56 UTC

Falkland Islands Government welcomes better relationship with Argentina

MLAs Gavin Short, Barry Elsby, Phyl Rendell and Mike Summers address questions from the media this morning.

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has welcomed the agreement made between the Argentine and United Kingdom Governments, laid out under this morning’s joint statement. Speaking to the media, Members of the Falkland’s Legislative Assembly stated they “looked forward to a better relationship with Argentina”, especially in the areas of hydrocarbons, fisheries, shipping and tourism.

Friday, September 9th 2016 - 06:07 UTC

Argentina promises 'respectful' cooperation over Falkland Islands

 Argentina is willing to consider resuming direct flights to and from the Falklands and joint UK-Argentine exploration of hydrocarbons around the Islands

The Guardian's diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour caught up with Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra in London and interviewed her on UK-Argentina relations and the Falklands/Malvinas dispute. Ms Malcorra said Argentina wants to end the era of confrontation over the South Atlantic islands.

Wednesday, September 7th 2016 - 12:53 UTC

Dr. Lisa Kelley, top expert in polar operations, named IAATO's Operations Manager

Lisa has worked in the polar tourism industry for over 15 years, successfully leading expeditions since 2007 for IAATO member operator, Lindblad Expeditions.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced the appointment of Lisa Kelley as Operations Manager. IAATO Executive Director Dr. Kim Crosbie said, “Lisa has a strong background in polar operations and has actively contributed to IAATO for many years.

Wednesday, September 7th 2016 - 04:15 UTC

“On the Falkland Islands, a traveler’s quest to see more types of penguins than ever”

A Magellanic penguin sits at the mouth of its burrow on Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

The Washington Post Magazine has published an interesting article on the Falkland Islands, rookeries and penguins credited to Andrea Sachs. Equally striking is Andrea who describes herself as an ornithologist in love with penguins.

Tuesday, August 30th 2016 - 03:52 UTC

Lighting kills more than 300 wild reindeers in Norwegian national park

The Norwegian Environment Agency has released images of reindeer, including 70 calves, that seemingly fell over where they stood in the grasses of Hardangervidda

More than 300 wild reindeer were recently killed by lightning at a Norwegian national park, officials say. The Norwegian Environment Agency has released haunting images of reindeer—including 70 calves—that seemingly fell over where they stood in the grasses of Hardangervidda, the largest high mountain plateau in northern Europe.

Monday, August 29th 2016 - 04:27 UTC

Obama creates largest protected marine area in Hawaii

The Papahnaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii will ban commercial fishing from more than 1.5 million sq km of the Pacific Ocean.

United States President Barack Obama will dramatically expand the Papahnaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii on Friday, the White House said, an action that will ban commercial fishing from more than 1.5 million sq km of the Pacific Ocean.


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