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Environment
Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

HMS Protector in cleanup and surveying tasks in South Georgia

HMS Protector at anchor off Grytviken Harbour

The men and women of HMS Protector have helped the South Georgia Government by carrying out a beach cleanup and glacier survey. 700 miles east of the Falklands, South Georgia is a crescent shaped island with magnificent scenery and wildlife. But over the years debris from several shipwrecks has been washed up on the island’s beaches.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 06:48 UTC

Falklands historic link to Antarctica exploration unveiled in unique memorial

Governor Roberts, MLA Cheek, and Roderick Rhys-Jones, chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust, at the unveiling ceremony

The Falkland Islands historic link as the gateway for British Antarctic exploration was acknowledged this week with the dedication in Stanley's Dockyard Point of the southern component of a unique memorial to the 28 men and one woman of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and before that the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) who have perished in the Antarctic since the establishment by the British Government of the first permanent research base there in 1944.

Wednesday, February 25th 2015 - 17:39 UTC

Antarctic wildlife research fund launched in Australia with Norwegian support

AWR is the result of a landmark collaboration between scientists, businesses and several of the world's leading environmental groups.

The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) was unveiled at a ceremony in Australia, with the aim of strengthening the scientific basis for the management of the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Region.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 16:53 UTC

Gobbling penguins can taste only sour and salty food, reveals study

Penguins behavior of swallowing food whole, and their tongue structure and function, ”suggest that penguins need no taste perception”

Penguins can taste only sour and salty food, scientists have discovered. A genetic study suggests the flightless birds lost three of the five basic tastes long ago in evolution. Taste is critical for survival in most animals, but may not matter in the penguin, which swallows fish whole, say researchers in China and the US.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:27 UTC

Bitter frigid air causes record breaking temperatures in East US and Canada

In Atlanta, temperatures dipped to 15F overnight and officials were trying to determine whether two people found dead had been killed by the cold.

Bitterly cold air from Siberia has brought dangerously frigid and likely record-setting temperatures to the eastern half of the US. Temperatures are 20 to 40 degrees F below normal for February from the Mid-Atlantic to the South.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:30 UTC

Ascension and South Sandwich islands proposed for marine protected areas

The three proposed MPAs would safeguard around 0.7 million square miles, home to threatened whales, sharks, fish, and corals.

Ahead of the May 7 British general election, a coalition of conservationists and high-profile supporters has called upon the UK government to create three marine reserves that together would more than double the world’s protected waters, reports Inhabitat.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 00:01 UTC

China celebrates 30 years of first research station in Antarctica

The Great Wall on King George Island was the first Chinese scientific station in Antarctica opened in 1985 (Pic M. Foote)

China is preparing to mark 30 years of polar expeditions, when on 20 February 1985 opened its first permanent research station in Antarctica, The Great Wall on King George Island. Since then China has continued to advance and is now planning the fifth permanent station.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 09:06 UTC

Researchers propose high seas fishing ban and concentrate on coastal catches

The study examined global fish catch and landed value data to determine how much fish is caught in the high seas and how much is caught in coastal waters

Closing the high seas to commercial fishing could distribute fisheries income more equitably among the world's maritime nations, according to research from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:17 UTC

Desperate struggle in New Zealand to save tens of stranded pilot whales

The stranding of 198 whales last Friday was one of the largest in recent years and prompted 80 workers and volunteers to help out.

About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach have died, but conservation workers and volunteers are hoping the remaining 60 or so will survive after they managed to get them refloated, an official said over the weekend.

Friday, February 13th 2015 - 09:32 UTC

Falklands image in National Geographic Traveller photo competition

Barry Robertson  image, Bleaker Island, in the Falkland Islands.

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has confirmed the finalists of its fourth Photography Competition 2015 which in the Animal category includes an image of penguins at Bleaker Island in the Falklands.

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