Environment

Environment
Friday, August 27th 2010 - 08:28 UTC

Timerman flies to Montevideo and will announce scientists for joint-river monitoring

Foreign Affairs minister Timerman and Uruguayan counterpart Luis Almagro

Argentine Foreign Affairs Minister Héctor Timerman informed via Twitter that he will fly to Montevideo next Monday to meet his Uruguayan counterpart, Luis Almagro in the framework of the recent agreement regarding the dispute over the UPM/Botnia pulp-mill.

Friday, August 27th 2010 - 07:33 UTC

Lula da Silva signs contract for controversial dam in the Amazon basin

“Belo Monte” or “Belo Monster”, it will the world’s third largest hydroelectric complex

Brazilian President Lula da Silva signed Thursday the contracts for the Norte Energia consortium to start construction of a controversial hydroelectric dam in the Amazon basin.

Thursday, August 26th 2010 - 03:10 UTC

Uruguay has a million hectares of planted forests, according to FAO survey

Some forest “islands” are used as shelter for cattle and sheep

Uruguay has 1.7 million hectares of forests of which almost a million hectares have been planted to feed the growing pulp industry while the rest are so called native forests, according to primary data from an inventory compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture with support from United Nations.

Wednesday, August 25th 2010 - 04:09 UTC

Chilean trapped miners families file lawsuit against the state and mining company

Relatives camped outside the mine where their loved ones are trapped

Families of 24 of the 33 Chilean trapped miners in the San José mine have filed a lawsuit against the state and the mining company, seeking compensation and justice.

Tuesday, August 24th 2010 - 03:32 UTC

Chilean Patagonia controversial dam project faces serious PR challenge

Daniel Fernandez, HydroAysen dam project CEO

Daniel Fernandez, the new top executive for the controversial 3.2 billion US dollars HidroAysen dam project proposed for Chilean Patagonia, confirmed Sunday that the effort to convince Chileans about the project’s importance has not gone well and that the company is consulting five PR firms to help improve their marketing effort.

Sunday, August 22nd 2010 - 04:24 UTC

Plastic debris in the Atlantic Ocean seems to have peaked, say US scientists

The study covers 22 years, but overall is quite distant from research in the Pacific

A study has measured the amount of plastic debris found in a region of the Atlantic Ocean over a 22-year period. US researchers, writing in Science, suggest the volume of plastic appeared to have peaked in recent years.

Sunday, August 22nd 2010 - 04:23 UTC

Massive loss of pilot whales stranded on New Zealand beach

Dozens of rescuers tried to re-float the whales

Only nine of the 63 pilot whales which were found stranded on a beach of New Zealand’s northern island on Friday are believed to have survived. Thirteen whales were re-floated Saturday but four of them got back into difficulty and NZ Department of Conservation staff made the tough decision to euthanize them.

Friday, August 20th 2010 - 02:44 UTC

Giant “Terror Birds” Used Their Heads Like Hatchets

A fossil skull of a “terror bird” species dwarfs those of a modern golden eagle and a human. (Photograph courtesy Ohio University)

Phorusrhacids have been extinct for millions of years, yet the so-called terror birds just got a bit more frightening. The flightless birds stood up to three meters tall and had hook-beaked heads the size of horse heads. Now a new study has apparently deciphered how the birds used those fearsome skulls—employing a fighting style like that of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.

Thursday, August 19th 2010 - 06:00 UTC

National Geographic wants to protect Chilean pristine marine life Island

The island 1.990 miles off the Chilean coast is famous for its red coral and 100 metre long algae

Chile’s Salas y Gómez Island has caught the attention of The National Geographic Society as one of the most pristine marine sites in the world.

Thursday, August 19th 2010 - 05:50 UTC

African coastal states organize network to tackle illegal fishing

The IUU workshop took place in Cape Town earlier this month

Representatives from African coastal states attend a workshop in the United Kingdom designed to build capacity in tackling illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. IUU fishing is damaging to fish stocks, the marine environment, food security and wider economic growth and development.

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