Environment

Environment
Tuesday, August 3rd 2010 - 15:37 UTC

Southern Chile Commerson dolphins’ population falls dramatically

Also known as the Panda Dolphins they are one of the smallest of its specie

A recent study showed a reduction in the population of Commerson’s Dolphins living in the southern tip of Chile. Commerson’s are also known as Panda Dolphins (or Tonina Overa in Spanish).

Tuesday, August 3rd 2010 - 15:28 UTC

Brazil greens claim 300.000 sharks have been killed for their fins

The group is suing a Brazilian export company for 790 million US dollars

Demand for shark fin soup in Asia has been blamed for the illegal killing of nearly 300,000 sharks off Brazil, an environmental group has alleged. The Environmental Justice Institute in Brazil has accused a seafood exporter (Siglo do Brasil Comercio) of illegally killing nearly 300,000 sharks.

Tuesday, August 3rd 2010 - 05:50 UTC

Santiago suffering the coldest July since 1908: 2 degrees below monthly average

Deaths have been attributed to the cold spell and accidents with heaters

Santiago just had the coldest July since 1908 with an average temperature of 6 degrees Celsius. That is 2 degrees under the usual monthly average, according to the Department of Geophysics of the University of Chile.

Saturday, July 31st 2010 - 05:23 UTC

Brutal slaughter of pilot whales in Denmark’s Faroe Islands

A disembowelled pilot whale next to her calf

The disembowelled bodies of brutally slaughtered whales line a dockside just 230 miles from Britain - as families with children wander among them, according to a report from The Sun.

Thursday, July 29th 2010 - 05:48 UTC

Galapagos Islands removed from list of endangered sites

Some of the spectacular chelonians that nest in Galapagos

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee (WHC) Wednesday removed the Galapagos Islands (belonging to Ecuador) from its list of endangered sites, reported the organization currently holding its 34th session in Brazil.

Thursday, July 29th 2010 - 05:43 UTC

UN General Assembly declare access to clean water a human right

According to UN 900 million people world wide to not have access to clean water

Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights, the General Assembly declared Wednesday, voicing deep concern that almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water.

Thursday, July 29th 2010 - 05:36 UTC

UK Overseas Territories “fifth in world league table of bird extinctions”

South Georgia contains millions of seabirds threatened by non-native mammals

Put together the UK’s 16 Overseas Territories (including Falklands and South Georgia) are fifth in the world league table of bird extinctions, with at least ten species from the territories going to oblivion since 1500AD, partially or wholly because of the impact of non-native mammals, such as rats, feral cats, mice and pigs, according to BirdLife International site.

Thursday, July 29th 2010 - 00:49 UTC

Mujica and CFK announce agreement to jointly monitor the River Uruguay

The presidential agreement should end years of dispute between Argentina and Uruguay

Uruguay and Argentina finally reached on Wednesday an agreement for the joint monitoring of the River Uruguay which should end the long-standing dispute over the construction of the Finnish UPM/Botnia pulp mill dating back to 2005.

Tuesday, July 27th 2010 - 04:42 UTC

Brazilian Indians protesting construction of Amazon dam release hostages

Dardanelos dam under construction in Matto Grosso (Photo Survival)

The Brazilian Indians who occupied the construction site of a hydroelectric dam and took more than 150 workers hostage in the far southern portion of the country’s Amazon region on Monday have released the last five people they were holding, a government spokesman said.

Monday, July 26th 2010 - 22:38 UTC

Indians seize controversial dam under construction in Brazil’s Amazon jungle

Apparently the dam is being built in “sacred” land and the tribes are demanding compensation

A group of about 300 Indians from 11 different groups on Sunday seized a controversial dam that is under construction in Brazil’s Amazon jungle and took about 100 workers hostage, officials said.

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