Environment

Environment
Monday, October 25th 2010 - 21:19 UTC

Severe drought leaves major tributary of the Amazon almost dry

The worst situation since officials began keeping records

A severe drought has dropped water levels on a major Amazon tributary to their lowest point since Brazilian officials began keeping records more than a century ago, the government reported Monday, cutting off dozens of communities who depend on the river for work and transportation.

Sunday, October 24th 2010 - 02:07 UTC

Chile promotes eco-tourism in bio-diverse Patagonia

The tours also help fund research on cetaceans

Chile's Patagonian region is home to one of the most incredibly vast expanses of virtually untouched ecosystems on the planet. Within this ecological haven lies a region known as the Aisén Region, a sprawling epicentre of glacial waterways and biodiversity, soon to be subject of a new ecotourism operation run by the Centre for Ecosystem Research in Patagonia (CIEP).

Friday, October 22nd 2010 - 02:40 UTC

Sea levels around Falklands have risen since mid XIX century, says NOC

Benchmarks left by James Clark Ross on the cliffs of Port Louis have been crucial for the research

Sea levels around the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic have risen since the mid nineteenth century and the rate of sea-level rise has accelerated over recent decades, according to newly published research. The findings are as expected under global warming and consistent with observations elsewhere around the globe.

Friday, October 22nd 2010 - 02:18 UTC

Ecuador signs two new service contracts with oil companies

Rafael Correa inaugurated “environment-friendly” oil extraction complex in the Amazon

Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa said on Thursday the country had finished negotiations with two oil companies and planned to sign the new service contracts before November 23.

Thursday, October 21st 2010 - 11:06 UTC

Chilean companies become aware of business impact on freshwater resources

The Water Footprint Network is operating in the desert zones of Chile

Some companies in Chile have recently become involved in a movement to measure the impact of businesses on freshwater resources.

Wednesday, October 20th 2010 - 03:53 UTC

Open Letter on Climate Change (*)

We address this letter to political and business leaders and to the wider public. This year has seen outbreaks of extreme weather in many regions of the world. No-one can say with certainty that events such as the flooding in Pakistan, the unprecedented weather episodes in some parts of the US , the heat-wave and drought in Russia, or the floods and landslides in Northern China, were influenced by climate change. Yet they constitute a stark warning. Extreme weather events will grow in frequency and intensity as the world warms.

Thursday, October 14th 2010 - 06:08 UTC

Brazil to auction patches of Amazon forest to held combat illegal logging

Antonio Carlos Hummel, the head of Brazil’s National Forestry Service

Brazilian Government is to auction one million hectares of Amazon forest in an attempt to reduce the demand for illegal logging.

Wednesday, October 13th 2010 - 23:30 UTC

Humpback whale breaks record travel distance: 10.000 km from Brazil to Madagascar

Pattern of spots and distinctive shape of its tail confirmed its identity

A female humpback whale has broken the world record for longest distance ever travelled by a mammal, covering more than 9,800 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean while searching for a mate, according to a new study published in the journal Biology Letters.

Tuesday, October 5th 2010 - 23:32 UTC

“Disaster risk” and potential economic losses in 17 Latam countries

How to anticipate impact of a Chilean-quake phenomenon

Latin America and the Caribbean face potentially crippling economic and social costs from natural disasters and need to do more to reduce risks and prepare government finances to respond to eventual catastrophes, says a new set of indicators by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Tuesday, October 5th 2010 - 02:59 UTC

Indigenous group protests blamed for dip in tourism on Chile’s Easter Islands

The classic postcard of Easter Island

Due to the on-going land disputes by indigenous Rapa Nui groups, tourism activity has decreased on Chile’s Easter Island, said Edgar Hereveri, vice president of the island’s chamber of tourism.

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