Environment

Environment
Wednesday, June 15th 2011 - 02:43 UTC

“Self determination and self sufficiency”, Falklands message to the world on Liberation Day

Falklands Government Representative in London, Ms Sukey Cameron addresses the annual reception at Lincoln’s Inn

“Self-determination and self-sufficiency” is the Falkland Islands message to the world on the day the Islands commemorate the 29th anniversary of its liberation, said the Falklands’ government representative in London Sukey Cameron, who added Argentina continues with its campaign to claim sovereignty and disrupt the Falklands economy.

Tuesday, June 14th 2011 - 21:52 UTC

Humpback whale appears floating in the port of Montevideo

The eight metre cetacean remains were recovered by a municipal crew (Photo El Pais)

An eight metre long humpback whale with a big gash close to the mouth appeared dead in the port of Montevideo. According to local marine biologists the cetacean most probably collided with a vessel.

Tuesday, June 14th 2011 - 13:49 UTC

Antarctica visitors drop 8.3% in 2010/11 and 25% fall for 2011/12 season, forecasts IAATO

Ban on use and carriage of heavy fuel oil affects mostly 500-plus passenger vessels

The total number of visitors to Antarctica during the 2010/11 season, and traveling with IAATO member-operators, was 33,824. This includes those traveling on traditional expedition ships, yachts, larger cruise-only vessels as well visitors participating in land programs. The overall seasonal results reflect a decrease of 8.3% last year’s total of 36,875 passengers.

Monday, June 13th 2011 - 23:37 UTC

Millions of farm-salmon in south Chile moved because of the volcanic eruption

Some rivers in the area have turned into a “chocolate” sludge

Chile’s National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca) authorized the transfer of more than five million salmon from three farms in the south of the country. The decision was taken as a precautionary measure because of the eruption of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic range and possible pollution of rivers and lakes.

Monday, June 13th 2011 - 22:55 UTC

Falklands/UK airbridge remains on hold because of the ash cloud

MPC activities have also been affected

The next UK/Falkland Islands airbridge flight remains uncertain, following the recent disruption caused by the volcanic eruption in Chile it was reported by the Falklands radio station.

Monday, June 13th 2011 - 22:40 UTC

River Plate airports with no air traffic until Tuesday morning

Carrasco waiting for a strong wind to clear the sky

A remnant of volcanic ashes spewed by the Chilean volcano Puyehue over a week ago and which continues to hover over the River Plate again interrupted Monday activities in the three main airports, Carrasco in Montevideo and Ezeiza and Aeroparque in the city of Buenos Aires.

Monday, June 13th 2011 - 16:20 UTC

Agriculture emergency is Argentine Patagonia because of the volcanic ash

Thousands of sheep have been left without water or food

The Argentine government is expected to announce Monday an agriculture emergency in several Patagonian areas as a consequence of the Chilean Andes volcanic eruption that has covered most of the territory with a blanket of ash leaving thousands of sheep with no water or pasture.

Monday, June 13th 2011 - 11:37 UTC

Volcanic ash cloud reaches New Zealand and Australia

The Puyehue volcano had disrupted flights over three oceans

A cloud of ash from an erupting volcano in Chile has drifted over the Atlantic and Indian oceans to lie over southern parts of New Zealand and Australia, prompting the cancellation of dozens of flights.

Saturday, June 11th 2011 - 11:04 UTC

Chile’s volcanic eruption devastates regions fishing; threatens cattle and tourism

Rivers have turned into a “thick, vaporous torrent of chocolate” with doubled temperature

A week’s ago volcanic eruptions in Chile’s South have crippled the fresh-water fishing industry there and potentially threaten the cattle industry, too.

Saturday, June 11th 2011 - 10:38 UTC

Successful launching of Argentine/NASA satellite to map oceans’ surface salinity

The rocket with Aquarius takes off from Vandenberg base in California

The joint Argentine/US satellite Aquarius/SAC-D (Satellite de Aplicaciones Cientaficas) mission was successfully launched Friday from Vandenberg military air base in California. Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said the Argentines “on this day should feel happy and proud”.

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