Environment

Environment
Friday, April 16th 2010 - 04:02 UTC

Iceland volcano ashes cause massive flights disruption across Europe

Flights across much of Europe are being cancelled on a second day of massive disruption caused by drifting ash ejected from a volcano in Iceland. Hundreds of thousands of passengers are affected and severe disruption could extend into the weekend, including on flights to North America and Asia.

Friday, April 16th 2010 - 03:38 UTC

Researchers discover a huge North Atlantic Garbage Patch

Thousands of square kilometres of plastic garbage adrift

A vast patch of floating plastics garbage extending for thousands of square kilometres in a remote area of the North Atlantic has been documented by two different groups of scientists sailing from Bermuda to the Azores islands.

Thursday, April 15th 2010 - 17:28 UTC

Lower sunspot activity anticipates chillier winters for northern Europe

Professor Mike Lockwood from the University of Reading

Periods of low sunspot activity are associated with changes in the winds that tear though the upper atmosphere bringing unusually cold winters to northern Europe, according to the new study Environmental Research Letters

Thursday, April 15th 2010 - 05:30 UTC

Russian sponsored sturgeon farm in Argentina to produce black caviar

The first project, and very successful, was in Baigorria, Uruguay

Argentina plans to open a Russian-sponsored sturgeon farm to produce black caviar within the next two weeks, according to a press statement released this week by the Argentine province La Rioja.

Wednesday, April 14th 2010 - 20:44 UTC

Mudslides isolate Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue

Built in 1931, it’s the first time the statue had to closed down to visitors

Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro's towering Christ the Redeemer statue and one of the city’s most iconic tourist attraction has been closed to the public after landslides that hit the city killing some 250 people and leaving thousands homeless.

Wednesday, April 14th 2010 - 03:52 UTC

Uruguay/Argentina prepare for International Court ruling on bilateral dispute

In a similar line Argentina has decided that the ruling next April 20 be transmitted live, in Spanish, to the whole country.

A Uruguayan multi-party delegation will be present in The Hague next week when the International Court of Justice makes public its ruling on the Argentine/Uruguayan dispute over the construction of a pulp mill along shared waters.

Tuesday, April 13th 2010 - 05:40 UTC

Chilean quake almost aborts secret mission to ship enriched uranium to the US

The secret mission with high-hazard nuclear material faced unexpected challenges

Andrew Bieniawski, assistant deputy administrator of the United States National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) had one thing in mind while lying in his hotel bed in Chile during the Feb. 27 earthquake: a secret mission.

Tuesday, April 13th 2010 - 05:34 UTC

Peruvian Andes glacier breaks-off: preview of what is to come?

Chunk of ice plunges into lake causes 25 meters high tsunami wave

A huge glacier broke-off and plunged into a lake in Peru, causing a 23-metre tsunami wave that swept away at least three people and destroyed a water processing plant serving 60,000 local residents, government officials said Monday.

Tuesday, April 13th 2010 - 00:25 UTC

Washington Post ad calls on Mrs Kirchner to cancel coal plant in Patagonia

“Don’t cry for me Patagonia” says the ad with Mrs. Kirchner as Eva Peron.

In an attempt to take advantage of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's visit to the US (CFK is attending the Nuclear Security Summit), Greenpeace has posted a paid announcement on The Washington Post newspaper as a way to protest against the construction of a coal-fuelled power plant in Río Turbio, Santa Cruz province.

Tuesday, April 13th 2010 - 00:19 UTC

Brazilian authorities begin evacuation of shantytown ahead of planned demolitions

Rescue squads continue looking for survivors (EFE)

Brazilian authorities evacuated thousands of shantytown residents Sunday so their houses could be demolished after heavy rains that killed at least 224 people last week threatened further landslides.

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