Environment

Environment
Wednesday, February 2nd 2011 - 06:30 UTC

Coal mine project in Chilean Patagonia triggers Facebook debate

Chile is becoming increasingly dependent on coal burning generators

Mina Invierno, a major coal mine project to be located in Chilean Patagonia, has sparked new controversy in the Magallanes Region. The coal mine will be located on Isla Riesco, Chile’s fourth biggest island, just 80 miles from the region’s capital of Punta Arenas.

Monday, January 31st 2011 - 20:48 UTC

Loss of Antarctic glacial ice expected to trigger changes in ocean circulation patterns

Steve Rintoul, oceanographer with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart, Australia

The loss of a massive “tongue” of glacial ice on the Antarctic coast — a natural protective barrier nearly the size of Luxembourg (2.500 square kilometers) — could affect ocean circulation patterns and anticipate changes to come from global warming, scientists on a mission to the frozen continent say.

Sunday, January 30th 2011 - 21:24 UTC

North Pole Waters Will Soon Be Ice Free New Report Says

The north Atlantic current flowing in to the Arctic Ocean is warmer that it has been for at least 2000 years and is a sign that global warming is likely to bring ice free seas around the North Pole in a few years time, a new study finds

Sunday, January 30th 2011 - 21:16 UTC

Work Gets Underway on Amazonian Hydro Project

A license to build the world’s third largest dam in Brazil was approved by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), despite 30 years of public opposition

Building will now begin on what will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric dam after Ibama, Brazil's environment agency, gave the go-ahead for the controversial $17 billion (£10.6 billion) project.

Friday, January 28th 2011 - 20:58 UTC

Tenders for Three Winds Farms in Uruguay Awarded

A Spanish firm and two Argentine ones have been awarded tenders to build wind farms. Spanish Teyma and the Argentine Impsa and Fingano will invest around U$ 300 million in the project.

Friday, January 28th 2011 - 20:51 UTC

Cruise Costs to Increase Due To Rise in Fuel Costs

British holidaymakers wanting to go on a cruise are going to have to shortly pay more as UK based operators announced they are set to begin charging fuel supplements.

Friday, January 28th 2011 - 02:19 UTC

Half a Million Chileans Fall into Poverty Following Earthquake

Chile’s Planning Minister Felipe Kast and Housing Minister Magdalena Matte met yesterday at Cerro Navia to announce the results of Chile’s Post Earthquake Survey (EPT). The survey’s aim was to measure the social impact of the February. 27, 2010, 8.8-magnitude earthquake on poverty, property, and psychological well-being in Chile.

Thursday, January 27th 2011 - 00:18 UTC

Rains in Brazil Oust Over 25,000 From Homes

Over 25,000 people have been forced to move out of their homes in the Serrana region in the south-eastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janiero, because of the devastating rains and mudslides. which lasted thirteen days and killed over 800 people, authorities said..

Monday, January 24th 2011 - 17:22 UTC

Work at Yacyreta Finalises in February

Work at the hydro-electric complex Yacyreta will finalise at the end of next month, when the dam reaches 83 metres above sea level, as stipulated in its original design, executive director of the Bi-national Entity Yacyreta (EBY) Oscar Thomas informed

Tuesday, January 18th 2011 - 17:46 UTC

UNASUR Statement in Support of Haiti One Year after the January 12, 2010 Earthquake

The Member States of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) wish to express their continued support to the Government and people of Haiti in the extremely difficult circumstances that have prevailed since the devastation caused by the fateful earthquake that struck the country on January 12, 2010.One year later, we join with the people of Haiti and the world over in remembering the victims of that tragedy.

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