Environment

Environment
Monday, June 20th 2011 - 06:15 UTC

Antarctic Treaty half a century celebration this week in Buenos Aires

Signatories of the Antarctic Treaty would celebrate the pact's 50th anniversary here on June 23 while attending the treaty's 34th consultative meeting, Argentine Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Monday, June 20th 2011 - 05:37 UTC

Chilean volcanic ash cloud affects flights in South Africa

President was one of the many thousands of grounded travellers in South Africa

The ash cloud from the Chilean Volcano Puyehue-Cordón Caulle in eruption since June 4 has reached Cape Town airspace affecting flights in and out of Cape Town International Airport.

Saturday, June 18th 2011 - 03:02 UTC

Green light for construction of Uruguay’s second pulp mill

Jorge Rucks head of the Environment Office

The construction of Uruguay’s second pulp mill, which includes a power plant and port facilities have been authorized following the approval of the Montes del Plata environment policies.

Saturday, June 18th 2011 - 01:02 UTC

Dead penguins discovered in Uruguayan coast:perished of “natural causes”

Over 600 dead penguins have been found in Uruguayan beaches

The recent discovery of dead Magellan penguins in several beaches of Uruguay’s eastern coast can’t be attributed to intoxication, “but rather natural causes”, said Daniel Gilardoni head of the Uruguay’s Natural Aquatic Resources Administration, Dinara.

Friday, June 17th 2011 - 16:33 UTC

Peru cancels construction of Amazon dams; major setback for Brazil

Vice-Minister for Energy Luis Gonzales Talledo: no Inambari dam

Peruvian environmentalists have welcomed a decision by the country's Energy Ministry to cancel the development of the 1.5GW Inambari Dam in the Amazon basin.

Friday, June 17th 2011 - 05:54 UTC

Naked Russian woman scientist dances in Arctic waters with Beluga whales

Natalia with her two friends in freezing waters

Braving subzero temperatures and underwater conditions, Natalia Avseenko, 36 threw away her inhibitions and her clothes to dive in with the Arctic Beluga whales, in an extremely interesting yet controversial experiment, trying to test the theory that the Beluga whales don’t like to be touched like diving suits, for example.

Wednesday, June 15th 2011 - 22:02 UTC

End of intense La Niña cycle anticipates return to average rainfall in Chile

Much of Chilean farming and water reservoirs are suffering the lack of rainfall

The most intense La Niña climate pattern since 1975 is coming to a close in Chile, after it cooled water temperatures off the Pacific coast of South America and left a troubling drought in its wake.

Wednesday, June 15th 2011 - 21:53 UTC

French giant oil group Total invests heavily in solar energy

SunPower is a leading provider of photovoltaic cells, roof tiles and solar panels

French oil and gas giant Total completed its 1.3 billion US dollars tender offer to buy a controlling 60% stake in SunPower, a California provider of solar power systems, the two companies announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 15th 2011 - 14:41 UTC

Aquaculture more efficient than livestock production, says WorldFish Centre

Salmon farms in the south of Chile

WorldFish Centre and Conservation International (CI) have revealed a comprehensive analysis exploring the environmental impact of the world's major aquaculture production systems and species and gives an unprecedented global assessment of trends and impacts. The results from the two-year study show that aquaculture is more efficient than other forms of animal protein production such as livestock.

Wednesday, June 15th 2011 - 04:21 UTC

Evacuees from Chile’s Puyehue volcano allowed back to their homes

The volcanic ash cloud reached as far as south Brazil, the Falklands and Australia

Evacuations ordered after an eruption in Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex begun to be lifted on Sunday for various areas in southern Chile’s Los Ríos and Los Lagos regions, over 600 miles south of Santiago.

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