Thursday, June 2nd 2011 - 04:15 UTC

Brazil gives definitive approval to world’s third largest hydroelectric dam project

Sting and director James Cameron joined Indians and environmentalists to criticize Belo Monte

Brazil's environment agency gave its definitive approval Wednesday for construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, a controversial 17 billion US dollars project in the Amazon that has drawn criticism from native Indians and conservationists.

Thursday, June 2nd 2011 - 03:59 UTC

Uruguay rejects Zamin Ferrous mining project environment impact report

Jorge Rucks: “Objections were formal substantial”

Uruguay made a long list of objections to the environment impact assessment study presented by the Aratiri mining project which plans open-pit extraction of magnetite (ferrous component) from vast resources in Valentines, the heart of the South American country.

Wednesday, June 1st 2011 - 18:02 UTC

Falkland Islands wolf-like canine Warrah pre-dates human occupation

The Warrah puzzled Charles Darwin when he visited the Falkland Islands in 1837

Bones found on West Falkland in 2010 by a boy then aged thirteen, which were subsequently kept for a while in the bottom of his grandmother’s wardrobe, may have narrowed down the search for an answer to a mystery which puzzled Charles Darwin when he visited the Falkland Islands in 1837.

Wednesday, June 1st 2011 - 17:26 UTC

Australia whale-watching season takes off as thousands head north during winter

An estimated 4.000 humpback and minke whales are estimated to abandon Antarctic waters during June and July

Australia marked the start of its whale-watching season Wednesday with predictions that some 4,000 of the giant animals will be spotted as they make their way along the coast during winter.

Wednesday, June 1st 2011 - 09:33 UTC

Gibraltar: Major disaster in port

 Independence of the Seas cruise ship, were injured following the explosion (Photo AFP)

An oil storage tank exploded in the port of Gibraltar Tuesday afternoon around 3.30pm, just metres from where a cruise ship Independence of the Seas was berthed. Two people who were carrying out welding work on the tank were injured in the blast. One of them, a 40-year old Spanish national from La Linea, suffered serious, extensive and life threatening burns.

Wednesday, June 1st 2011 - 09:09 UTC

South Georgia ordinance gives new powers to protect unique natural environment

Falklands Governor and South Georgia Commissioner at the signing ceremony

Tuesday afternoon on May 31st saw the signing of the Wild Life and Protected Areas Ordinance for the Government of the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI).

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 22:44 UTC

Falklands stamp release features the unique but endangered Southern sea lion

The set of stamps released for sale this week <br />

The Southern sea lion (Otaria flavescens) features in the latest Falkland Islands stamp release, which became available for sale this week.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 08:18 UTC

Germany plans to shut all nuclear reactors by 2022 and double renewable energy to 35%

A change of policy or a political announcement from the German Chancellor

Germany plans to shut all nuclear reactors by 2022, Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition announced Monday, in a policy reversal drawn up in a rush after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Monday, May 30th 2011 - 00:41 UTC

“Fish pedicure” in the UK fuels health and animal welfare concerns

The four centuries old practice in Turkey uses tiny toothless carp to smooth down feet by eating dead skin

One of the fastest-growing beauty treatments in Britain, fish pedicures – during which tiny toothless carp smooth down feet by eating dead skin – has come under new scrutiny from health experts and animal rights campaigners, reports the Sunday UK media.

Friday, May 27th 2011 - 08:16 UTC

South Georgia marine biodiversity richer than the Galapagos Islands

Coral and brittle-star found in the waters of South Georgia Island. (Photo BAS)

Sea spiders the size of dinner plates and two-meter-long ribbon worms that eat prey several times their own size were among the 1,400-plus species cataloged by the British Antarctic Service in a comprehensive study of marine life around South Georgia Island.


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