Environment

Environment
Monday, April 12th 2010 - 05:30 UTC

Rio do Janerio’s mud slides death toll could reach 400; focus on “responsibility”

Magnitude of the catastrophe has surprised city officials

While rescuers raced against time amid fading hopes of finding survivors of a huge mudslide in the Rio do Janeiro area with over 400 people now feared dead in some of the worst flooding to swamp Brazil in decades, focus has turned on responsibility for the magnitude of the catastrophe.

Monday, April 12th 2010 - 05:09 UTC

Hollywood stars support natural park conservation project in Ecuador

Leonardo Di Caprio and Edward Norton with Vice president Lenin Moreno

Hollywood stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Glenn Close are willing to support an environment-conservation project in Ecuador that would prevent the extraction of 850 million barrels of oil from the Amazon.

Thursday, April 8th 2010 - 23:16 UTC

Latest mudslide may have killed 200 people in Rio do Janeiro

The emblematic Maracana stadium was also prey of mud and water floods

A landslide in a Rio de Janeiro satellite city may have killed 200 people as rains that started earlier this week continue to saturate the soil of the hilly region home to 12 million people, the state’s civil defense office said on Thursday.

Thursday, April 8th 2010 - 01:27 UTC

Rio declares three days of mourning, while many city services remain paralyzed

Rescuers began searching for the missing among avenues turned into mud rivers

At least 113 people died, over 100 were injured and 1,410 were left homeless in a storm that devastated Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro since Monday evening, authorities said Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 7th 2010 - 23:37 UTC

Chagos archipielago MPS, doubles protected area of world’s oceans

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband announced last week the creation of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). The move doubles the total officially protected area of the world's oceans.

Wednesday, April 7th 2010 - 22:34 UTC

Vatican State Secretary visits Chile in support of quake victims

On Sunday Cardinal Bertone will present a statue of the Virgin Carmen of Chile

The secretary of Vatican State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone arrived in Chile this week for an extended visit which includes a meeting with President Sebastian Piñera.

Wednesday, April 7th 2010 - 06:03 UTC

Olympic Rio do Janeiro collapses under heavy rains leaving at least 100 dead

“All we can do is pray to God to hold back the rains a little”, said President Lula da Silva

Landslides and floods set off by the heaviest rains in decades killed at least 100 people in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, making hundreds homeless, flooding roads and paralyzing Brazil's second city, officials said.

Wednesday, April 7th 2010 - 02:50 UTC

Heavy fuel ban expected to halve Antarctic cruise-only passengers by 2012

Steve Wellmeier from the International Association of Antarctica Tourism Operators said the organization supports the principles behind the ban

Beginning in August 2011, most large cruise ships will no longer be able to sail in Antarctica. The International Maritime Organization last week adopted a ban on using and carrying heavy fuel oil on ships operating in Antarctic waters.

Monday, March 29th 2010 - 18:30 UTC

Solar power project to refine Chilean copper

Chile is the world’s largest producer and exporter of copper

Codelco, Chile’s nationally-owned copper company and one of the world’s largest, announced last week a plan to outfit some of their mines with solar power over the next few years, a move expected to save millions of dollars in energy costs.

Saturday, March 27th 2010 - 06:44 UTC

Falklands join Earth Hour, the 125th country to participate in the global event

Lights at Whalebone Arch in Stanley are to be switched off for one hour

The Falkland Islands are to participate Saturday in ‘Earth Hour’, a global awareness campaign on climate change organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature which spans thousands of cities around the world.

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