Environment

Environment
Tuesday, October 5th 2010 - 02:59 UTC

Indigenous group protests blamed for dip in tourism on Chile’s Easter Islands

The classic postcard of Easter Island

Due to the on-going land disputes by indigenous Rapa Nui groups, tourism activity has decreased on Chile’s Easter Island, said Edgar Hereveri, vice president of the island’s chamber of tourism.

Tuesday, October 5th 2010 - 00:04 UTC

Argentine Law Protecting Glaciers will not affect mine project says Barrick Gold

The controversial Pascua Lama project is one of the world’s biggest in the world

Argentina recently passed an initiative to protect glacier sites, restricting mining activity in glacial regions, particularly along the Andes Mountain and its 3,100-mile border with Chile.

Monday, October 4th 2010 - 22:53 UTC

Penguin Appeal to help finance a census of Falkland Islands seabirds

Magellanic penguins nest in burrows all around the Falklands

Often described as the penguin capital of the world, the Falkland Islands will be undertaking a census of penguin breeding sites throughout the Islands. It will provide essential information on their breeding colonies to determine action for the future protection of the seabirds.

Friday, October 1st 2010 - 18:18 UTC

Chevron given green light for exploratory drilling off Shetland Islands

Greenpeace condemned the decision as ‘irresponsible’, fearing Gulf of Mexico similar disasters

Oil firm Chevron has received government consent to drill an exploration well to evaluate a controversial prospect off Shetland. The deep-water Lagavulin prospect is 160 miles north of the islands.

Friday, October 1st 2010 - 05:12 UTC

Fossil of giant penguin, double the size of an Emperor, found in Peru

The scientists nicknamed the penguin “Pedro”

The fossil of a giant penguin that lived 36 million years ago has been discovered in Peru. Scientists say the find shows that key features of the plumage were present quite early on in penguin evolution.

Thursday, September 30th 2010 - 02:20 UTC

Improved animal breeds and feed helps reduce “carbon hoof-print”, say FAO experts

It is estimated livestock farming contributes 18% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions

Soaring carbon emissions from a meat-hungry developing world could be cut back substantially by improving animal breeds and feed, according to a study. Demand for livestock products is predicted to double by 2050 as a result of growing populations, urbanisation and better income in the developing world, leading to rise in emissions from the industry.

Friday, September 24th 2010 - 03:08 UTC

Argentine Patagonia fossil reveals the origin of sunflower

Cultivated daisies, chrysanthemums, lettuce, artichokes along with 23,000 other wild species, make up the sunflower family of Asteraceae

Sunflowers are likely to have sprung up about 50 million years ago in Argentine Patagonia, suggests a fossil report according to an article in the current edition of Science magazine.

Thursday, September 23rd 2010 - 04:51 UTC

Argentina ignores Paraguay; builds new canal to pump water from shared river

Argentine ambassador in Paraguay was unaware of the dredging parallel to the Pilcomayo river

Landlocked and Mercosur member Paraguay will formally complain to its peer Argentina the non consulted and unilateral decision to build a canal adjacent to a shared river that acts as a natural border and provides both sides’ agriculture and ecosystems with a vital water supply.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 - 03:12 UTC

Stowaway owl in the world’s largest cruise vessel returned to its habitat

The burrowing owl was trying to nest in “Oasis of the Seas” golf course

Florida State wildlife officials were called to the world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, to deal with a little stowaway – a burrowing owl.

Thursday, September 16th 2010 - 21:50 UTC

Activists show evidence of whale meat trade in the Faroe Islands

Pilot whale meat can be ordered in restaurants like “Marco Polo” and in the four stars hotel “Hafnia”

For the first time animal activists have shown evidence that an open and a black market in whale meat exists on the Faroe Islands. The animal protection activists Andreas Morlok (Project Whale Protection Action – ProWal) and Juergen Ortmueller (Whale and Dolphin-Protection-Forum – WDSF) (*) discovered on these islands, under the pretext of being anglers, that the pilot whale hunt nowadays has nothing to do with the old traditions which the hunters claim to be following.

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