Environment

Environment
Saturday, June 25th 2016 - 20:30 UTC

Beijing sinking because of excessive pumping of groundwater: 11cms per year

Beijing sits in a dry plain where groundwater has accumulated over millennia. As wells are drilled and the water table drops, the underlying soil compacts

China’s capital is known for its horrendous smog and occasional sandstorms. Yet one of its major environmental threats lies underground: Beijing is sinking. Excessive pumping of groundwater is causing the geology under the city to collapse, according to a new study using satellite imagery that reveals parts of Beijing – particularly its central business district – are subsiding each year by as much as 11 centimeters.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016 - 13:22 UTC

German coalition bans fracking for shale gas indefinitely, but with parliament reassess in 2021

German industry is keen to keep the door open to fracking arguing it could help lower energy costs, but opposition from the green lobby is strong

Germany's coalition government agreed this week to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely after years of fractious talks over the issue, but environmental groups said the ban did not go far enough and vowed to fight the deal. Test drilling will be allowed but only with the permission of the respective state government, officials said.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016 - 02:56 UTC

Renewables the focus of EU Energy Week in the Falklands

MLA Michael Poole visited the Sand Bay Wind Farm last week to discuss the benefits of renewable energy.

The Power & Electrical Department hosted an open day last week at their Sand Bay Wind Farm to showcase the work being undertaken by the Falkland Island’s Government (FIG) to utilise and promote renewable energy sources. The open day, which included guided tours and demonstrations, formed part of wider initiatives recently undertaken by FIG to address issues surrounding climate change.

Wednesday, June 15th 2016 - 19:06 UTC

Federal Reserve cautious about the future, leaves interest rates unchanged

“The pace of improvement in the labor market has slowed” However “economic activity will expand at a moderate pace”

United States Federal Reserve in a unanimous vote kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and signaled that it will assess labor market conditions, inflation expectations and financial and international developments before deciding on future actions. The U.S. central bank also lowered its economic growth forecasts for 2016 and 2017 and indicated it would be less aggressive in tightening monetary policy after the end of this year.

Sunday, June 5th 2016 - 23:22 UTC

Brewery creates organic six-pack rings to protect sea life

Plastic rings, untold numbers of which end up in rivers and oceans, can be fatal traps for fish, turtles and sea birds

A Florida brewery in the United States has done something bold to try to help the environment: replacing the plastic six-pack rings that can harm sea life with edible ones. Plastic rings, untold numbers of which end up in rivers and oceans, can be fatal to animals like fish, turtles and birds, and Saltwater Brewery thought there had to be a better way.

Saturday, June 4th 2016 - 11:22 UTC

World Environment Day: UN urges help to end illegal wildlife trade

Elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory, rhinos for their horns, and pangolins for their scales.

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on World Environment Day, to be observed on 5 June:This year’s observance of World Environment Day shines a much-needed spotlight on the illegal trade in wildlife.

Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 19:40 UTC

Argentine hopes dashed on Falklands, Antarctica: Continental Shelf Commission refused to consider three major claims

The Commission is composed of 21 scientists and its Rules of Procedure forbid consideration of “unresolved land or maritime disputes”.

In April 2009, Argentina submitted a formal claim to sovereignty over an exceptionally large continental shelf, across hundreds of miles of the sea-bed to the east and south of Argentina. This year, in March, newspapers around the world incorrectly reported the whole Argentine submission had been endorsed.

Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 06:40 UTC

Falklands are “my homeland”, with the right to freely choose our own future

Ms. Krysteen Ormond, JP, Falkland Islands Government Representative to the United Nations Decolonization Committee

The Falklands are a people, “my homeland”, with the right to freely choose our own future, as enshrined as leading principle in the UN Charter and safeguarded by the several covenants on civil and political rights, said Falklands' government representative Krysteen Ormond addressing the Pacific Regional Seminar of the C24, Special Decolonization Committee.

Thursday, June 2nd 2016 - 08:49 UTC

US defense bill includes one billion dollars to fund a new polar icebreaker

Senator Cochran said the bill recommends $1 billion in Navy shipbuilding funds to procure the first U.S. Coast Guard-operated icebreaker in more than 25 years.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee's Defense Appropriations Bill has included one billion dollars in funding to accelerate construction of a new polar icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard, reported Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

Tuesday, May 31st 2016 - 17:30 UTC

FAO sponsored illegal fishing accord scheduled to become law on 5 June; 30 countries have adhered

Each year, IUU fishing is responsible for annual catches of up to 26 million tons, with a value of up to US$ 23 billion.

Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing is about to become much more difficult thanks to the imminent entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO.

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