Environment

Environment
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.

Thursday, September 16th 2010 - 21:27 UTC

Efforts to protect ozone layer from depletion have been successful, says UN

Outside Polar Regions, recovery to pre-1980 levels should be reached before the middle of the century

International efforts to protect the ozone layer shielding life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays have stopped additional ozone losses, potentially averting scores of millions of cases of skin cancer and eye cataracts, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Thursday, September 16th 2010 - 21:25 UTC

Distribution of land deeds among locals defuses conflict in Chile’s Easter Island

Rapa Nui indigenous clans fear an influx of ‘aliens’ and threat to environment

Chile’s Interior Ministry Undersecretary Rodrigo Ubilla announced this week that more than 30 Easter Island title deeds will be delivered to Rapa Nui families within the next 60 days.

Wednesday, September 15th 2010 - 06:00 UTC

Canada hosts first world conference on survival of threatened seabirds

A magnificent albatross skimming the southern seas

Concern for the survival of albatrosses, penguins, and other marine birds gathered scientists from 40 countries to the first World Seabird Conference in Victoria, western Canada. The five-day event was sponsored by 26 professional seabird groups and societies from around the world.

Saturday, September 11th 2010 - 23:02 UTC

Twenty tons of drilling shafts trucked 4.100 km to help rescue Chilean miners

Three trucks left this week from Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile

Three trucks transporting special shafts for drilling equipment to be used in the rescue of the 33 miners trapped 700 metres underground in northern Chile, left from Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile.

Friday, September 10th 2010 - 03:28 UTC

Invasive “killer shrimp” discovered at water reservoirs in England

Dikerogammarus villosus, has already colonized parts of Western Europe and kills a range of native species

A killer shrimp has been found for the first time in the UK at an Anglian Water reservoir in Cambridgeshire, England. Two anglers spotted the shrimp, which can be as small as three mm, at Grafham Water near St Neots on Friday September 3 and sent samples to the Environment Agency for identification.

Wednesday, September 8th 2010 - 23:25 UTC

HMS Endurance to be replaced with vessel from Norway early 2011

To repair the Red Plum that almost sunk in 2008 would have cost £ 30 million

Senior Royal Navy sources have confirmed a vessel from Norway will join the fleet early next year to replace Endurance, which almost sank in 2008, reports The News from Portsmouth.

Friday, September 3rd 2010 - 14:27 UTC

Humpback whales in Chilean sanctuaries to be tracked with GPS

An estimated 120 whales home in the Magellan Strait region, according to Biomar Foundation

Starting December, scientists from Chile’s Biomar Foundation will use GPS (Global Positioning System) to follow the movements of humpback whales in protected marine area Francisco Coloane, in the Magellan Strait. The whales are to be monitored for 12 months.

Friday, September 3rd 2010 - 03:14 UTC

New York skyscrapers “lights-out” project to protect migratory

The Apple landscape at night, a trap for migrating birds

A growing number of New York sky-scrapers are switching off their lights to help reduce the number of birds hitting the high-rise buildings. The “lights out” project - organised by NYC Audubon - runs until 1 November, when migratory birds are expected to have completed their autumn migrations.

Thursday, September 2nd 2010 - 20:15 UTC

Gulf of Mexico oil/gas production platform catches fire: “no spill” says operator

A well connected to an oil and gas production platform caught on fire in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, engulfing the vessel in flames about 100 miles off the central coast of Louisiana and forcing 13 people overboard, Gov. Bobby Jindal said.

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