Environment

Environment
Tuesday, December 14th 2010 - 17:12 UTC

US/Swedish expedition to explore Amundsen Sea ecology and potential ‘polynyas’

The US ‘Nathaniel B. Palmer’

In a complex example of “science diplomacy,” teams of U.S. and Swedish scientists are sailing this month aboard two research vessels to study the ecology of the Amundsen Sea, one of the least-explored and most productive bodies in Antarctic waters, and to gauge the potential effects of a changing climate on the Southern Ocean.

Monday, December 13th 2010 - 04:51 UTC

Top Korean steelmaker earns carbon-credits with afforestation project in Uruguay

Forestation projects in Uruguay, mostly eucalyptus

Korea’s POSCO major forestation project in Uruguay has been accredited by the United Nations as helping offset the steel-maker's huge carbon footprint. The Korean steel-maker registered the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) business with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) to earn carbon credits through its afforestation project in Uruguay.

Sunday, December 12th 2010 - 23:41 UTC

Picture evidence of four kilometres retraction (in 80 years) of glacier in Patagonia

The evidence was presented by Greenpeace’s Juan Carlos Villalonga

The Argentine Patagonian glacier Ameghino has contracted almost four kilometres over the last eighty years because of global warming according to evidence from Greenpeace.

Saturday, December 11th 2010 - 00:44 UTC

Glaciers in Chile and Argentina are melting at the fastest rate

Climate change could also have a severely impact in the wine industry

Glaciers in Chile, Argentina and Alaska are melting at the fastest rate, according to a report compiled by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and presented this week at the UN climate change talks in Cancún, Mexico.

Friday, December 10th 2010 - 18:20 UTC

Chile begins construction of 1 MW solar energy plant to supply copper mine

Electricity is essential for the copper industry

Last December 2, a ceremonial first stone was laid to mark the start of construction of a photovoltaic solar plant near the northern Chilean city of Calama.

Friday, December 10th 2010 - 01:54 UTC

British expedition claims to have established Antarctic land-crossing record

The Moon Regan Tran-Antarctic Expedition team

British expedition to Antarctica says it has succeeded in establishing a new record - the fastest land crossing of the southernmost continent.

Thursday, December 9th 2010 - 07:18 UTC

Heavy rains force temporary suspension of traffic in the Panama Canal

The last time the canal was completely closed was in 1989 when the US invasion of Panama

Heavy rains have forced the temporary suspension of traffic along the Panama Canal, the major shipping waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans which handles 5% of global trade.

Tuesday, December 7th 2010 - 07:52 UTC

Internet database to help reduce shipping emissions rating ‘dirty’ and ‘clean’ vessels

Virgin Atlantic Airways founder Richard Branson created Shippingefficiency.org

A free Internet database that lists the energy efficiency of almost every ocean-going vessel, in a scheme designed to reduce shipping emissions by nearly 25%, was set up on Sunday by Virgin Atlantic Airways founder Richard Branson, reports London’s The Guardian.

Saturday, December 4th 2010 - 00:34 UTC

Ozone hole over Antarctica smallest in five years, says NZ research centre

The ozone hole over Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest in five years, according to a New Zealand’ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, NIWAR. The hole decreased in size to about 22 million square kilometres from 24 million square kilometres last year, said Auckland-based NIWAR in an e-mailed statement today.

Friday, December 3rd 2010 - 05:49 UTC

2010 among the three warmest years since climate records started in 1850

Parts of southern South America had below-normal temperatures

The year 2010 is almost certain to rank in the top 3 warmest years since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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