Environment

Environment
Thursday, August 19th 2010 - 05:47 UTC

Undercover-anglers stop slaughter of whales on Faroe Islands

The two activists raise a banner at the roof of the hotel “Hafnia” in front of the parliament of Faroe (WDSF/ProWal)

As soon as pilot whales are sighted in the waters off the Faroe Islands the hunting frenzy takes hold of the about 48.000 inhabitants. Boats are launched and pods of whales are herded into the next official hunting bay.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 03:03 UTC

Shell agrees to pay for environmental damages caused by 2005 oil spill

The UK/Dutch corporation is divesting its interests Chile

A lawsuit filed against Shell Oil Company in 2005 by north Chile fisherman and shellfish divers has resulted in a compromise settlement requiring Shell to pay 1.2 million US dollars to the plaintiffs and repair environmental damages.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 02:58 UTC

Whiskey’s noblesse: super bio-fuel (butanol) from distilleries by products

“Fill her up with whiskey pot ale”

Topping up at the petrol pump is about to take an intriguing twist as cars are set to be fuelled with a new super bio-fuel, made from whisky by-products. Edinburgh Napier University has filed a patent for the new bio-fuel, which can be used in ordinary cars, without any special adaptations needed.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 00:38 UTC

Environmentally friendly mini-cows latest trend in US farms

Professor Richard Gradwohl and his mini cattle

They have become the latest trend in United States farms and an estimated 20.000 miniature cattle, weighing less than 300 kilos, are believed to be successfully breeding and could be indicating the future for environmentally-friendly beef.

Tuesday, August 17th 2010 - 19:27 UTC

South Sandwich Islands are the emergent tips of huge volcanoes, according to BAS

Bathymetric map showing submarine volcanoes around Zavodovski Island and numerous seamounts and sediment waves in the foreground (Image BAS)

Earlier this year, geologists on the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) ship “RRS James Clark Ross” completed a project to map the sea floor around the volcanic South Sandwich Islands using multi-beam sonar. This completes a project started three years ago, reports the latest edition of the South Georgia newsletter.

Tuesday, August 17th 2010 - 09:22 UTC

Petrobras admits ‘minor’ conservation problems on several oil platforms

Jose Sergio Gabrielli, CEO of one of Latam’s largest corporations

Brazil's government managed oil giant Petrobras CEO admitted Monday that minor conservation problems exist on some of the company's platforms in the Campos Basin, off the country's south-eastern coast.

Monday, August 16th 2010 - 19:11 UTC

Scientists survey krill fishery and possible marine protected area in South Georgia

Sub-Antarctic marine ecosystems are fragile and can be slow to recover from the impacts of human activities

The two South Georgia Island King Edward Point (KEP) based scientists are undertaking regular winter survey work at sea to investigate the spatial overlap between the winter krill fishery and the distribution of foraging predators and fish larvae in South Georgia waters, reports the SG newsletter.

Saturday, August 14th 2010 - 08:48 UTC

Coal power opposition goes global

Almost 10,000 people from 100 countries have objected to plans for a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston in Ayrshire, Scotland, it was revealed yesterday (Friday 13 August) by WWF.

Tuesday, August 10th 2010 - 01:00 UTC

Giant 260 sq km iceberg breaks off in northern Greenland

Professor Andreas Muenchow, research leader at the University of Delaware

A 260 square kilometre iceberg has broken free from the Petermann Glacier, one of the two largest remaining glaciers in Greenland.

Tuesday, August 10th 2010 - 00:54 UTC

World Bank pouring 11 billion to build 211 dams with impact on tribal people

The Enawene Nawe tribe has learnt that Brazilian authorities plan to build 29 dams on Amazon Basin Rivers

To mark the UN Day of Indigenous People, Survival International has released a new report highlighting the devastating impact on tribal people of a massive boom in dam-building for hydropower.

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