Environment

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Friday, September 19th 2014 - 07:09 UTC

South Atlantic whale sanctuary rejected at the IWC meeting

Whales basking along the Uruguayan coast

The world's whaling watchdog rejected a bid to expand protection in the South Atlantic. The issue were put to a vote on the closing day of the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) 65th meeting in Slovenia.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:58 UTC

Tougher scrutiny of Japanese bids to kill whales for “scientific research”

The New Zealand resolution drew heavily on findings by the ICJ that nations wishing to engage in whale research must show why killing is justified.

Nations agreed on measures Thursday to toughen scrutiny of future Japanese bids to kill whales in the name of scientific research, which critics say is a cover for commercial hunts.

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 02:55 UTC

NZ scientists examine giant squid caught in Antarctica' Ross Sea

The squid is a female, and its eight arms are each well over a meter long. Its two tentacles would have been perhaps double that length if not damaged.

It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. A colossal squid: 350 kilograms, as long as a minibus and one of the sea’s most elusive species.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014 - 01:52 UTC

UN hails progress achieved in reducing damage to the ozone layer

”Let us learn from this example and apply its lesson to the urgent task of addressing the climate challenge” said Ban Ki-moon

United Nations officials hailed on Tuesday the progress made in reducing damage to the ozone layer and the vital role played by one of the most successful environmental treaties in history in phasing out ozone-depleting substances.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:43 UTC

Giant observation tower in the Amazon to monitor climate change

The 325 meters high tower is being constructed out of steel that was brought thousands of kilometers from the south of Brazil to the site

Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is expected to rise 325m from the ground.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 03:48 UTC

Islands habitats threatened by invasive pests: the South Georgia experience

In South Georgia species were threatened by the rat population because the rodents were eating the birds' eggs and young chicks.

Scientists have developed a way to identify island habitats that face the greatest threat from invasive pests, such as rats and feral cats. Working on experience collected in a brown rat extermination program in South Georgia, a team of research developed a priority list of islands that they hoped would help governments and conservationists to allocate resources.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 01:28 UTC

IAATO Environmental Manager resigns to focus on PhD

“Claudia (pic) has had a big impact on the association over the last two and a half years with her fresh ideas, knowledge and experience of the Antarctic tourism industry.” said

Claudia Holgate, Environmental Manager for the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), has decided to step down from the position, which has grown to become full time.

Thursday, September 11th 2014 - 03:12 UTC

Falklands explore potential for small-scale commercial fishery with 20 focal species

Chilean urchin  - Loxechinus albus (|Pic: SMSG)

By Dr. Deborah Davidson - The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) has been established since March 2012, and already has an expanding team of 12 employees based in Stanley (one of whom is a PhD student), five international PhD students, and three employees based in Ascension Island and one working in Saint Helena - all on various projects.

Wednesday, September 10th 2014 - 07:35 UTC

Caribbean nations beaches disappearing because o rising sea level and recurring storms

The World Bank said beaches are not the only concern, stating that Caribbean ports and the capital are also at risk from rising sea levels.

The World Bank says due to rising sea levels and recurring storms, the beaches in most Caribbean nations have started to disappear. In a new report, the Washington-based financial institution said, in some areas of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, for instance, an estimated 18-30 meters of beach have been lost over the last nine years.

Wednesday, September 10th 2014 - 06:28 UTC

Greenhouse gases in atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 says WMO

Greenhouse gas emissions are rising mainly due to industrial growth in China, India and other emerging economy nations

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 driven by a surge in the level of carbon dioxide, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday, urging international action to combat climate change.

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