Environment

Environment
Friday, November 12th 2010 - 18:22 UTC

Ambitious 1.000 km pipeline project to deliver water to desert dry north Chile

Former Public Works Minister Eduardo Bitran: “Water is the gold of the future”

A 3.85 billion US dollars pipeline to carry freshwater some 1,000 kilometres from central Chile to the country’s northern desert will provide a cheaper alternative for users now reliant on desalinization of ocean water, a business news Web site said this week.

Thursday, November 11th 2010 - 19:46 UTC

Whales’ skin suffer from exposure to the sun, much like with humans

The report is based on photos and skin samples from whales in the Gulf of California (Photo Diane Gendron /Zoological Society of London)

The sun's rays can “burn” whales' skin, just like they can damage human skin, according to a team of researchers. The scientists studied more than 150 whales in the Gulf of California.

Tuesday, November 9th 2010 - 01:03 UTC

IAATO guidelines and requirements for independent journeys to Antarctica

The pristine Antarctica landscape

The Antarctic tourism season is just getting underway and travellers the world over are preparing to make the journey to the bottom of the planet where they'll be treated to one of the most remote and untouched destinations on Earth.

Saturday, November 6th 2010 - 08:09 UTC

Off-shore wind farms in Britain could be forced out by oil rigs

Projects include a 250 turbine wind farm 10 miles off the shores of Wales

Plans to build massive wind farms off the coast of Britain are in doubt due to an obscure piece of legislation that means oil companies can force turbines to be moved if fossil fuels are discovered in the area, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

Saturday, November 6th 2010 - 07:57 UTC

Chilean Patagonia dams’ project becomes international environmentalist cause

Flooding acres of land can affect the temperature and environment of Patagonia

As criticism continues over plans to build five hydroelectric dams in the Aysén Region (XI) in Chilean Patagonia, international groups have been a constant presence in the fight against the HidroAysen project.

Friday, November 5th 2010 - 03:11 UTC

Plans filed for US$100 million wind farm in Southern Chile

Denmark’s Vesta is also involved in Latinamerica’s largest wind farm project in the north of Chile

The Bosques de Chile firm this week filed paper work with environmental authorities for authorization to proceed with a US$100 million wind farm investment off the coast of Chiloé Island near Dalcahue.

Monday, November 1st 2010 - 05:36 UTC

Two presidents will head “Chilean Antarctica Day” celebrations

Chile’s President Frei base at King George Island

Punta Arenas launched Sunday the “Chilean Antarctica Day” celebrations that are programmed to last a full week including the visit of Chilean president Sebastián Piñera and his Ecuadorean peer Rafael Correa, specially invited for the occasion.

Friday, October 29th 2010 - 04:00 UTC

Bed bugs that have infested New York City take over the UN building

No flags, but Cimex Lectularius representatives are all over UN headquarters

The dreaded bed bugs (mites) that have infested New York City have spread to the United Nations landmark headquarters building, reports Foreign Policy.

Monday, October 25th 2010 - 21:19 UTC

Severe drought leaves major tributary of the Amazon almost dry

The worst situation since officials began keeping records

A severe drought has dropped water levels on a major Amazon tributary to their lowest point since Brazilian officials began keeping records more than a century ago, the government reported Monday, cutting off dozens of communities who depend on the river for work and transportation.

Sunday, October 24th 2010 - 02:07 UTC

Chile promotes eco-tourism in bio-diverse Patagonia

The tours also help fund research on cetaceans

Chile's Patagonian region is home to one of the most incredibly vast expanses of virtually untouched ecosystems on the planet. Within this ecological haven lies a region known as the Aisén Region, a sprawling epicentre of glacial waterways and biodiversity, soon to be subject of a new ecotourism operation run by the Centre for Ecosystem Research in Patagonia (CIEP).

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