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Environment

  • Monday, May 11th 2009 - 09:01 UTC

    Record floods and drought in “complicated” Brazil

    Forty four deaths had been confirmed in northern Brazil's worst flooding in decades, fed by two months of unusually heavy rains in a zone stretching from deep in the Amazon to normally arid areas near the Atlantic coast. In spite of a gradual Sunday retreat of water in some areas the number of homeless climbed to 300.000

  • Monday, May 11th 2009 - 07:32 UTC

    UN Environment Program agreement to ban nine persistent organic pollutants

    Under of the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program meeting in Geneva 150 governments have agreed to ban the production of nine of the world's most hazardous chemicals.

  • Thursday, May 7th 2009 - 08:34 UTC

    Brazil flooded in the north and under severe drought in the south

    President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva visited the worst affected areas

    Brazil rushed aid Wednesday by air, over land and through rapidly rising waters to scores of cities and towns isolated by floods that have killed at least 32 and left nearly 200,000 homeless. However in the south the country is suffering a severe months-long drought which is threatening hydroelectricity generation and agriculture.

  • Wednesday, April 29th 2009 - 11:50 UTC

    Massive Antarctic ice shelf breaking up into icebergs

    A massive Antarctic ice shelf is breaking up and pieces are expected to float away as icebergs over the course of the next few weeks. Scientists estimate the Wilkins Ice Shelf, which was originally about the size of Northern Ireland, had been in place for several hundred years. But satellite images taken over the past week show it has begun collapsing into the ocean as more than half a dozen similar Antarctic ice shelves have already done, said an article posted Tuesday by the European Space Agency on its website.

  • Tuesday, April 28th 2009 - 06:05 UTC

    Fifth year-running march to protest against Botnia pulp mill

    The fluvial protest gatheed several dozen vessels.

    For the fifth year running a massive concentration of Argentine environmentalists and picketers marched Sunday across an international bridge linking with Uruguay to protest against a pulp mill built on the Uruguayan side and which has been at the heart of a bilateral political and diplomatic dispute between the neighbouring countries.

  • Wednesday, April 22nd 2009 - 12:17 UTC

    Water levels in the world’s main rivers is declining, say meteorologists

    Water levels in some of the world's most important rivers have declined significantly over the past 50 years, US researchers say. They say the reduced flows are linked to climate change and will have a major impact as the human population grows.

  • Sunday, April 19th 2009 - 04:49 UTC

    Climate change could reverse forests’ carbon absorption functions

    Forests' role as massive carbon sinks is “at risk of being lost entirely”, top forestry scientists have warned. The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) says forests are under increasing degrees of stress as a result of climate change.

  • Thursday, April 16th 2009 - 09:55 UTC

    Climate change threatens Antarctica’s emperor penguins

    Stéphanie Jenouvrier of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

    Polar bears, the poster children for Arctic climate change, are getting competition for the title of climate change casualty from the opposite side of the globe. Antarctica’s emperor penguins may face an equally dire fate. Like polar bears, these birds depend on sea ice for breeding and feeding habitat. Also like polar bears, emperor penguins seem unlikely to adapt to the rapid rate of sea ice extent change, according to a National Academy of Science study released by the National Centre for Atmospheric Research.

  • Monday, April 13th 2009 - 07:28 UTC

    Official report blasts security at Brazil’s nuclear installations

    A report by a Brazilian official organization published on Saturday in the daily O Globo criticized the lack of security at Brazil’s nuclear installations, which range from electricity-generating plants to hospital equipment.

  • Tuesday, April 7th 2009 - 19:21 UTC

    Antarctic fuel oil ban to impact on Falklands tourism

    Downing worry about the ban impact

    FALKLANDS, Argentine, and Chilean cruise ship tourism is likely to be negatively impacted as a result of a ban on the use and carriage of Heavy Gas Oil (HGO) in Antarctic waters by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).