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Environment

  • Tuesday, May 19th 2009 - 06:43 UTC

    Ence’s assets in Uruguay taken over by Stora Enso and Arauco

    Finland’s Stora Enso, Europe’s leading paper producer and Arauco, one of the largest forest industry enterprises in Latinamerica based in Chile, announced Monday the definitive purchase agreement for the joint (50%/50%) acquisition of Spanish pulp producer Grupo ENCE assets in Uruguay.

  • Friday, May 15th 2009 - 12:25 UTC

    Calculating the impact of the Antarctic ice sheet melting

    The collapse of a major Antarctic ice sheet will not raise global sea levels as much as previous projections suggest, a team of scientists has calculated. Writing in Science, the researchers said that the demise of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) would result in a sea level rise of 3.3m.
    Previous estimates had forecast a rise in the region of five to six metres.

  • Thursday, May 14th 2009 - 08:20 UTC

    Coral Triangle in risk of disappearance says WWF

    If the world does not take effective action on climate change, coral reefs will disappear from the Coral Triangle by the end of the century, the ability of the region’s coastal environments to feed people will decline by 80%, and the livelihoods of around 100 million people will have been lost or severely impacted, warns WWF.

  • Monday, May 11th 2009 - 10:28 UTC

    Obama and Bush agree limited protection for polar bears

    The US government has opted to retain a Bush-era rule that limits protection for polar bears from the effects of global warming. Environmental groups had been calling for the rule to be lifted, and the US Congress had given Interior Secretary Ken Salazar the power to do so. Mr Salazar said lifting the rule would create “uncertainty and confusion”.

  • 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.