Thursday, July 22nd 2010 - 09:05 UTC

Uruguay/Argentina on 48 hours ‘reflection period’ before retaking negotiations

Uruguayan Foreign Affairs minister Luis Almagro

Uruguay and Argentina agreed Wednesday on a 48 hours “reflection period” before retaking formal negotiations for the joint monitoring of the River Uruguay, which is at the heart of the pulp mills dispute, and alleged contamination, between the neighbouring countries.

Wednesday, July 21st 2010 - 07:07 UTC

Hundreds of dead penguins washed up on Brazilian beaches

Marine biologists are trying to determine the cause of death

Hundreds of penguins have been washed up dead on the beaches of Brazil southern state of Sao Paulo.

Tuesday, July 20th 2010 - 04:20 UTC

Southern Cone frozen: 100 dead and thousands of cattle lost

People with scarves and hoods seek protection from the freezing gusts in Montevideo

The polar wave that has trapped the Southern Cone of South America has caused an estimated one hundred deaths and killed thousands of cattle, according to the latest reports on Monday from Argentina, south of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Bolivia.

Tuesday, July 20th 2010 - 04:12 UTC

Russians exposed to the worst heat wave in 130 years

Young girls cool off in a fountain. Moscow has recorded 38 degrees Celsius

Russia is going through its worst drought in more than a century. In Moscow, it’s hotter than in European and African resorts. The heat has caused asphalt to melt, boosted sales of air conditioners, ventilators, ice cream and beverages, and pushed grain prices up. Environmentalists are blaming the abnormally dry spell on climate change.

Monday, July 19th 2010 - 00:15 UTC

World production of rough rice affected by dry weather in Mekong River

FAO estimates this year’s crop at 704.4 million tons

Global production of rough rice, the staple for half the world’s population, may be 6 million tons less than estimated earlier this year after prolonged dry weather in the Mekong River region hurt crops, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Saturday, July 17th 2010 - 06:09 UTC

Intense cold weather in Chile anticipates higher prices for fruits and vegetables

Cars covered in snow in central Chile

The past week’s intensely cold weather has hit farm in central and southern Chile hard, especially those growing fruits and vegetables. Production is expected to drop sharply and there has already been a 20% rise in fruit and vegetable prices.

Saturday, July 17th 2010 - 06:01 UTC

Buenos Aires City prepares for the coldest Saturday in recent decades

A skiff of snow covers the beaches of Mar del Plata

A polar air mass settled in Argentina the week of July 13, pushing temperatures down across the country and causing rare snowfall in the Buenos Aires province. People in downtown Buenos Aires City bundled up against the cold as temperatures ducked down near freezing.

Thursday, July 8th 2010 - 07:24 UTC

Chile Transparency Council orders transgenic seeds’ information be made public

The debate is finally over: early this month Chile’s Transparency Council unanimously ruled that the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) has 15 days to publicize the names and locations of transgenic seed growers in Chile.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 20:50 UTC

Otters in southern Chile help contain invasion of exotic mink

The huillín or Chilean Patagonia otter (Photo by JL Barthled)

With its pert face and furry coat, the slender mink looks like a charming pet. But beneath the sweet façade lies an opportunistic predator that has become a menace to biodiversity in the southern parts of Chile.

Monday, June 28th 2010 - 22:56 UTC

Brazil willing to support Argentina and Uruguay in joint river monitoring

Brazilian ambassador in Montevideo, Jose Felicio

Brazil is willing to help Argentina and Uruguay with the joint monitoring of the River Uruguay which is at the heart of a pulp mill standing dispute between both countries. Argentina and Uruguay Foreign Affairs ministers are scheduled to meet Tuesday in Montevideo to address the issue.


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