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Montevideo, November 20th 2018 - 11:37 UTC

Environment

  • Monday, November 5th 2018 - 08:22 UTC

    CCAMLR fails to protect Southern Ocean

    Conservation is the principal objective of CCAMLR, ”yet it has consistently failed to fulfill its commitment to the protection of Antarctic marine living resources.”

    The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to take action to protect the Southern Ocean, with no progress made on the critical issues of marine protected areas, climate change, and transshipment.

  • Saturday, November 3rd 2018 - 08:24 UTC

    Fracking shale gas flows in UK, but controversy over earth tremors intensifies

    Operations began at the Lancashire site in October for the first time since 2011 when it was suspended because of earth tremors

    Shale gas has flowed for the first time at the UK's only fracking site currently in operation, energy firm Cuadrilla says. Operations began at the Lancashire site in October for the first time since 2011 when it was suspended because of earth tremors. There have been suspensions of the renewed underground drilling operations after further tremors in the area.

  • Thursday, November 1st 2018 - 08:36 UTC

    Ocean temperatures have been warming faster than estimated, shows latest scientific report

    According to a study published in the journal Nature, ocean temperatures have been warming 60% more than outlined by the IPCC

    The world’s oceans may be heating up faster than previously thought — meaning the planet could have even less time to avoid catastrophic global warming than predicted just weeks ago by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

  • Thursday, November 1st 2018 - 08:28 UTC

    Middle income BOTs hit by natural disasters could have access to OECD aid

    Until now, there was no procedure for middle income countries to register for ODA if they suffered an unexpected economic decline as a result of a natural disaster

    British overseas territories hit by natural disasters could get access to foreign aid under plans agreed by the richest nations, according to a report from the BBC. Some Caribbean islands damaged last year by hurricanes did not get official development assistance because their national incomes were too high.

  • Thursday, November 1st 2018 - 08:18 UTC

    IAATO working on new online platform to promote conservation among tourists

    IAATO represents more than 100 Antarctic tour operators who are committed to minimizing the impact of travel to vulnerable Antarctica

    An organization that promotes responsible tourism in Antarctica is embarking on its own digital adventure after partnering with Leeds agency Elementary Digital. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) represents more than 100 Antarctic tour operators who are committed to minimizing the impact of travel to this remote and vulnerable region.

  • Thursday, November 1st 2018 - 06:56 UTC

    Brazilian ministers object Bolsonaro's plans to merge Agriculture and Environment

    Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the move would cause losses to Brazil's farm trade as EU countries, have pushed Brazil to protect the environment

    Brazil’s environment and agriculture ministers on Wednesday criticized President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to merge their departments, saying it would hurt the country’s agenda on both fronts. Bolsonaro has pledged to roughly halve the number of existing ministries in an effort to reduce bureaucracy and government bloat. He also vowed to merge the planning, finance and industry ministries into one super ministry.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:58 UTC

    Three seismic tremors in the Drake Passage felt in Tierra del Fuego

    Ushuaia, capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego

    Three seismic tremors were felt in Ushuaia, extreme south of Argentina, on Monday, with epicenter in the Drake Passage, according to Argentina and Chile seismology services. The incidents had no major impact in the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego or in nearby Puerto Williams in Chile.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:29 UTC

    People in UK dump some 295 billion pieces of plastic every year

    For a year Mr Webb stored all the plastic waste he threw in the bin, collecting up a total of 4,490 individual pieces of plastic

    People in the UK throw away around 295 billion pieces of plastic every year, much of which is single-use and cannot be recycled, a report suggests. Campaigner Daniel Webb has revealed the extent of the plastic waste an individual gets through in the UK, and how little of it is recycled in this country.

  • Tuesday, October 30th 2018 - 08:51 UTC

    More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day

    A new WHO report on Air pollution and child health examines the heavy toll of both ambient and household air pollution on the health of the world’s children

    Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.

  • Tuesday, October 30th 2018 - 08:48 UTC

    Andean condors found dead of agrochemichal poisoning in Patagonia

    Condors of the vultur gryphus species died of pesticide poisoning.

    Wildlife and environmental organisations Monday denounced the deaths of 23 Andean condors in Argentine Patagonia due to the use of prohibited agrochemicals. Thirteen of the birds were found in Neuquén and the other ten in Santa Cruz.