Environment

Environment
Tuesday, April 26th 2016 - 08:04 UTC

Falklands renews VMS capability contract for tracking over 150 vessels

The South Atlantic is famous for the most hostile waters in the world, yet it has some of the richest fishing grounds to be found anywhere.

Big OceanData has been awarded a contract to provide the Government of the Falkland Islands with its vessel monitoring system (VMS) capability for another five years. For the first time the system will include AIS data, which will be integrated with existing Inmarsat tracking data from the fishing vessels.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 - 07:51 UTC

Penguin Day, April 25; Falklands one of the great penguin capitals

The majestic King penguins at Volunteer Point

April 25 is one of two days dedicated to the adorable, waddling birds. April 25 is World Penguin Day while January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day.In addition to two penguin days, there are believed to be 17 penguin species, ranging from the Little Blue Penguin to the mighty Emperor Penguin. And several of these are threatened by climate change.

Saturday, April 23rd 2016 - 07:56 UTC

Ban Ki moon message on Mother Earth Day 2016: Trees for the Earth

On this day, representatives of more than 170 countries are gathering at UN Headquarters in New York to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

This year, Earth Day coincides with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which takes place at UN Headquarters in New York. The Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015.

Saturday, April 23rd 2016 - 07:49 UTC

Di Caprio addresses the UN on Earth Day and to celebrate the Paris Agreement

“We can congratulate each other, but it will mean absolutely nothing if you return home to your countries and fail to push beyond the promises of this historic agreement.”

This year, the United Nations has decided to celebrate Earth Day, 22 April, in a very special way, by signing the Paris Agreement: a landmark climate change accord that came out of negotiations at the COP21 climate summit in Paris last December. This, of course, was extremely great news for climate advocates and ambassadors all over the world, including Oscar-winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo Di Caprio.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 07:14 UTC

Floods in Uruguay have 10.000 people displaced and losses are estimated in a billion dollars

The latest report indicates that 10.097 people have been forced to abandon their homes:  2.656 had to be evacuated while 7.699 did it on their own means

Uruguay's emergency committee reported on Thursday another death and over 10.000 people displaced because of widespread floods that followed a tornado and several days pouring rain. The ninth victim is a farmhand who fell off his horse while trying to cross an overflowed canal. A few hours before the body of a missing farmer was found kilometers down a river that sucked him while he was trying to save cattle.

Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 12:16 UTC

Ecuador raises taxes to rebuild cities devastated by major earthquake which continues with aftershocks

Late Wednesday, the government raised the death toll to 570 and climbing. Officials listed 163 people as missing while the number of homeless climbed over 23,500.

President Rafael Correa announced Wednesday night that he is raising sales taxes and will charge a one-time levy on millionaires to rebuild cities devastated by Ecuador's worst earthquake in decades. In a televised address, Correa said damages from the 7.8-magnitude quake will likely run into the billions of dollars, adding to already heavy economic hardships triggered by the collapse in world oil prices.

Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 11:49 UTC

Monsanto in collision course with the administration of president Macri

Monsanto is set to challenge Argentina’s attempts to retain control over lab analysis to verify the origin of its grain exports.

Monsanto has rejected a request by Argentina for more time to collect monies owed by small farmers for royalties on genetically modified soybean seeds. Argentine agricultural minister Ricardo Buryaile and members of his staff have met with Monsanto representatives, including chief operating officer Brett Begemann to request a waiver on the monies owed.

Monday, April 18th 2016 - 08:21 UTC

Ecuador quake primary toll: 262 killed and over 2.500 injured, but climbing

Vice President Jorge Glas said the toll, 262 killed and over 2.500 injured  was likely to rise because a large number of people remained unaccounted for

Aid began to flow in Sunday to areas devastated by Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades and the death toll continued to rise as people left homeless hunkered down for another night outside in the dark.

Thursday, April 14th 2016 - 21:08 UTC

Mysterious death of tens of tons of sardines in south Chile; consumption banned

Television news footage showed masses of the lifeless silver fish more than a foot deep choking the waters in and around the river shores and boats.

Chile’s government has temporarily banned the consumption of sardines in the south of the country after hundreds of thousands of dead fish turned up floating along the shores of Queule River.

Monday, April 4th 2016 - 06:52 UTC

Arctic sea ice recorded its lowest maximum level on record

The ice cover was also about 431,000 miles less than the 30-year average. Put into context, that difference is the size of Texas and California combined.

The growth of Arctic sea ice this winter recorded the lowest maximum level on record, prompting fears of faster climate change than previously expected. Unusually warm temperatures were said to be responsible for the shrinkage.

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