Environment

Environment
Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 08:10 UTC

“Busy and diverse tourism season” South Georgia tells IAATO meeting

Vessels like Ortelius and Ushuaia, made 55 visits to South Georgia during the last tourist season

In the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands’ annual address to the tourism industry at the IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) meeting in Providence, Richard McKee, GSGSSI Executive Officer summarized the 2013-14 season as “incredibly busy and diverse” given the 55 cruise ship calls.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 07:52 UTC

IAATO commends Norwegian court for convicting violator of Antarctic Treaty

Andhøy, skipper of the ill-fated yacht Berserk that went missing February, 2011 in the Ross Sea, with the loss of three crew members

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has commended the Nord-Troms District Court for convicting Jarle Andhøy of violating the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.

Wednesday, July 16th 2014 - 09:19 UTC

Amazing new invention from UK business ready to save the Southern Ocean’s Albatross

Dead black-browed Albatross in Uruguay fishery ( Credit M. Abreu, BirdLife International )

Globally, an albatross dies on a fishing hook every 5 seconds. Since working with Falklands Conservation from 1996-2005, biologist Becky Ingham has wanted to help prevent the decline of these iconic birds. The Hookpod is a clever new invention that catches fish, not birds and here Becky tells us how ot works.

Tuesday, July 1st 2014 - 08:22 UTC

Floating plastic junk widely spread on world oceans but doubts about how much

Plastic debris from land reaches the ocean mostly through storm water runoff, the researchers said in their report

Plastic junk is floating widely on the world’s oceans, but there’s less of it than expected, a study says. Such ocean pollution has drawn attention in recent years because of its potential harm to fish and other wildlife.

Monday, June 30th 2014 - 19:31 UTC

Growing concern over climate change impact on penguins

“It's not happy news for the emperor penguin,” said Hal Caswell of the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Global warming will cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 as the sea ice on which the birds breed becomes less secure, a study said on Sunday.

Sunday, June 15th 2014 - 12:20 UTC

How Much Energy Will the 2014 World Cup Consume?

Along with 3 billion other viewers around the world, I plan to tune in for the month-long World Cup to see whether the 22-year old Neymar can withstand the colossal pressure that has been put upon his shoulders to deliver a win for team Brazil.

Thursday, June 12th 2014 - 07:32 UTC

Researchers find major West Antarctic glacier melting from geothermal sources

The collapse of the Thwaites Glacier would cause an increase of global sea level of between 1 and 2 meters

Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean, it's being melted from below by geothermal heat, researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) report in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Wednesday, June 11th 2014 - 07:03 UTC

Flooding in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, with record rainfall and rivers' swelling

In the capital Asunción an estimated 150.000 people had to be evacuated

Floods have killed nine people and driven tens of thousands of people from their homes while swelling rivers to record levels in southern Brazil and neighboring Paraguay and Argentina, authorities said Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 11th 2014 - 01:16 UTC

Chilean government rejects major mega-energy project in Patagonia

The project called for building five dams on the Pascua and Baker rivers in Patagonia to generate electricity

A panel of Chilean Cabinet ministers voted unanimously on Tuesday to reject the 3.2 billion dollars HidroAysen mega-project, which envisioned the construction of five power-generating dams in the environmentally sensitive Patagonia region.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014 - 13:17 UTC

Obama's climate plan is leaking methane

 By the EPA's own estimate, coal generation will decline by 20% to 22% by 2020.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 30% will no doubt lead to a cleaner economy. But the road there will be paved with methane. By requiring reductions in the energy intensity per megawatt-hour of electricity generation, utilities will have the ability to choose from an array of options for how to meet the targets.

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