Environment

Environment
Tuesday, August 17th 2010 - 09:22 UTC

Petrobras admits ‘minor’ conservation problems on several oil platforms

Jose Sergio Gabrielli, CEO of one of Latam’s largest corporations

Brazil's government managed oil giant Petrobras CEO admitted Monday that minor conservation problems exist on some of the company's platforms in the Campos Basin, off the country's south-eastern coast.

Monday, August 16th 2010 - 19:11 UTC

Scientists survey krill fishery and possible marine protected area in South Georgia

Sub-Antarctic marine ecosystems are fragile and can be slow to recover from the impacts of human activities

The two South Georgia Island King Edward Point (KEP) based scientists are undertaking regular winter survey work at sea to investigate the spatial overlap between the winter krill fishery and the distribution of foraging predators and fish larvae in South Georgia waters, reports the SG newsletter.

Saturday, August 14th 2010 - 08:48 UTC

Coal power opposition goes global

Almost 10,000 people from 100 countries have objected to plans for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston in Ayrshire, Scotland, it was revealed yesterday (Friday 13 August) by WWF.

Tuesday, August 10th 2010 - 01:00 UTC

Giant 260 sq km iceberg breaks off in northern Greenland

Professor Andreas Muenchow, research leader at the University of Delaware

A 260 square kilometre iceberg has broken free from the Petermann Glacier, one of the two largest remaining glaciers in Greenland.

Tuesday, August 10th 2010 - 00:54 UTC

World Bank pouring 11 billion to build 211 dams with impact on tribal people

The Enawene Nawe tribe has learnt that Brazilian authorities plan to build 29 dams on Amazon Basin Rivers

To mark the UN Day of Indigenous People, Survival International has released a new report highlighting the devastating impact on tribal people of a massive boom in dam-building for hydropower.

Saturday, August 7th 2010 - 05:44 UTC

UN/Ecuador agree on trust fund to protect bio-diversity from oil industry

Ecuador wants at least half of the 7 billion USD that developing oil would produce

The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, and Ecuador have reached agreement to set up a trust fund to protect an ecological site in an oil-rich area of the South American country’s Amazon region.

Friday, August 6th 2010 - 03:04 UTC

Gualeguaychú pulp-mill activists to meet again with minister Timerman

Timerman said the meeting helped to clear up several misunderstandings

Argentine Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman said he held a “very important meeting” with Gualeguaychú Assembly members after the group of activists requested to be given an explanation of the upcoming joint monitoring of the River Uruguay recently agreed by Argentina and neighbouring Uruguay.

Thursday, August 5th 2010 - 09:14 UTC

Beware (River Uruguay) contaminators, warns Argentine top scientist

Contaminators “beware, the time of reckoning is coming” warns Enrique Martinez Argentina’s president of the National Institute of Industrial Technology, INTI who in a brief opinion column praises the recent agreement reached between Uruguay and Argentina to monitor the River Uruguay and ensure the non contamination of the shared water course.

Thursday, August 5th 2010 - 05:00 UTC

Snow in Brazil, below zero Celsius in the River Plate and tropical fish frozen

Brazilians associated to sun and beaches enjoy the unexpected snow

For a second day running it snowed Wednesday in Southern Brazil and in twelve of Argentina’s 24 provinces including parts of Buenos Aires as a consequence of the polar front covering most of the continent’s southern cone with zero and below zero temperatures.

Thursday, August 5th 2010 - 01:32 UTC

Mining and agriculture disputing scarce water resources in northern Chile

For every 40 litres used by agriculture, mining absorbs 15 litres

With the mining industry increasing its presence in northern Chile, problems over resources are arising between the mining and agricultural industries, especially over water.

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