Environment

Environment
Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 22:34 UTC

Brazil furious with Human Rights Commission decision cuts all relations

The Belo Monte dam once finished will be world’s third largest. Xingu River.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff decided to cut all relations with the Inter American Human Rights Court following on the CIDH decision to request that the construction of a huge dam in the Amazon be suspended, following an appeal from indigenous groups.

Friday, April 29th 2011 - 05:47 UTC

Brazil’s mining giant buys stake in controversial Amazon dam project

“Avatar” director James Cameron is one of many against the Amazon dam

Brazil giant mining corporation Vale SA, in which the government has a dominating stake position, agreed to buy a stake in a controversial hydro-power project in the Amazon and invest about 2.3 billion Real (1.5 billion USD).

Thursday, April 28th 2011 - 06:23 UTC

NZ environmentalists accuse Petrobras oil exploration of penguins’ deaths

The ‘Orient Explorer’ had to cease all activities

Environmentalists in New Zealand asked the government to halt an offshore oil exploration project being conducted for Brazilian oil giant Petrobras in the wake of the deaths of dozens of penguins, the press reported.

Wednesday, April 27th 2011 - 02:02 UTC

“Eco-fascism” or fundamentalist environmentalism joins political jargon

The several years long conflict against the Uruguayan pulp mill by Argentine environmentalists allegedly fits the description

Campaigns in extreme defence of Nature and the environment can turn into a sort of “eco-fascism” unable to solve the home problems for millions or modify the consumerism paradigm of modern societies, warns a new academia discussion publication in Argentina.

Tuesday, April 26th 2011 - 16:47 UTC

Toyota production cuts in Mercosur plants because of Japan parts shortage

Ripples from the Fukushima nuclear disaster have reached South America

Toyota executives in Brazil and Argentina announced they are cutting production at two assembly plants for three days because they don’t have enough parts from Japan due to the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Tuesday, April 26th 2011 - 14:12 UTC

Migrating humpback whales have jetliners’ navigational precision

The data was collected from 16 whales with satellite monitored tags

Researchers based at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have found that migrating humpback whales achieve navigational precision usually associated with jetliners or arrows.

Tuesday, April 26th 2011 - 03:28 UTC

Japan begins discussion of rebuilding budget; damages cost over 300 billion USD

The earthquake left over 28.000 killed and disappeared

Japan's cabinet approved almost US$50 billion of spending for post-earthquake rebuilding, the country's biggest public works effort in six decades. The emergency budget of 4 trillion Yen, which is likely be followed by more reconstruction spending packages, is still dwarfed by the overall cost of damages caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, estimated at US$300 billion.

Monday, April 25th 2011 - 06:18 UTC

Scientific studies reveal Chile’s most active fault lines and warning for major projects

On 27 February 2010, Chile suffered a major 8.8-magnitude earthquake

New studies undertaken by Universidad Católica and Universidad de Chile have identified the five most active fault lines in Chile in the hopes of protecting people from future earthquake damage.

Sunday, April 24th 2011 - 01:05 UTC

Antarctica ozone hole linked to Australia’s recent series of droughts

Rainfall has dropped dramatically in parts of Australia and the country has been plagued by forest fires (Photo AAP)

The Antarctic ozone hole is about one-third to blame for Australia's recent series of droughts, scientists say. Writing in in the journal Science, they conclude that the hole has shifted wind and rainfall patterns right across the Southern Hemisphere, even the tropics.

Friday, April 22nd 2011 - 04:59 UTC

Humpback whales return to Chilean waters; Punta Arenas planning watch-posts

Scientists have recorded over 100 sightings of different whales

Humpback whales, once hunted nearly to extinction, started returning to Chilean seas in the 1990s. By 2003 so many had appeared that Chile created a protected coastal area, Francisco Coloane with marine park in it to assure the whales would have the nutrients they need to thrive.

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