Environment

Environment
Tuesday, November 18th 2014 - 08:04 UTC

G20 agrees on growth, climate change and taxes, but Putin leaves pressed on Ukraine

Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible “frozen conflict” in Europe. (Pic Reuters)

Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.

Sunday, November 9th 2014 - 09:52 UTC

Antarctic ozone hole reached annual peak 11 September and with the size of North America

Scientists are working to determine if the ozone hole trend over the last decade is a result of temperature increases or chorine declines.

The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The size of this year’s hole was 24.1 million square kilometers, an area roughly the size of North America.

Thursday, November 6th 2014 - 21:50 UTC

Falklands oil industry regulated by UK North Sea standards, one of the highest in the world

MLA Roger Edwards in a letter to The Guardian said that Filmus statement is 'yet another futile example of the Argentine Government’s futile efforts to damage the Falklands economy'

The elected government of the Falkland Islands has strongly refuted remarks by Argentine official 'Malvinas Secretary' Daniel Filmus, published in The Guardian, in which he states that hydrocarbons activities in the Falklands are environmentally reckless, and describes Filmus words as “yet another example of the Argentine's government futile efforts to damage the Falklands economy”

Thursday, November 6th 2014 - 08:12 UTC

Greenpeace names twenty “monster vessels, the scourge of the oceans”

Spain figures with five names, of which two are from Galicia,: Eirado do Costal, with home port in Cangas, and Playa de Tambo, based in Marin.

Five fishing vessels from Spain are among the 20 most destructive community fishing vessels in the European Union, according to a new report from the environmental organization Greenpeace. Out of the five, two are from Galicia,: Eirado do Costal, with home port in Cangas, and Playa de Tambo, based in Marin.

Saturday, November 1st 2014 - 04:22 UTC

Creation of Antarctica marine protected areas blocked by China and Russia

“Appalling attitude” from China and Russia ignoring majority of CCAMLR, said Mark Epstein, from Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC).

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree to protect key areas in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica at its annual meeting in Hobart due to blocking by China and Russia. The partners of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) said that this failure to reach consensus for the fourth time calls into question CCAMLR’s ability to deliver on its conservation commitments.

Tuesday, October 28th 2014 - 13:12 UTC

Megaladons the giant shark predator that kept whales on the run

The megalodon was not only large, it was powerful as well. Four times the size of a modern great white, with jaws wide enough to swallow a whole cow.

Few fish are as steeped in myth and conjecture as the megalodon, a giant shark that lived roughly 28 million to a few million years ago. This fearsome-looking shark is the subject of numerous documentaries, rumored sightings, and even well-funded search expeditions. While the species may be extinct, its legend certainly lives on.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 07:01 UTC

UK wind farms generated more power than the nuclear stations

Wind farms are causing controversy in rural areas and the government is choking off planning permission for new sites

The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says. The energy network operator said it was caused by a combination of high winds and faults in nuclear plants.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 21:56 UTC

AOA calls on CCAMLR to agree on marine protection of the Ross Sea and East Antarctica

A joint US-NZ proposal to designate a Ross Sea marine protected area (MPA) of 1.32 million km2 (with 1.25 million km2 as “no take”) is under consideration

As representatives of the 25 Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meet this week in Hobart, where they will decide the fate of two key protection proposals in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) (*) called on the member countries to honor their conservation commitments and finally agree to lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.

Friday, October 17th 2014 - 07:01 UTC

IDB loan for a 48.6 MW wind farm to be developed by Uruguay's private sector

Currently, roughly 45% of Uruguay's power capacity is hydroelectric; 38% thermoelectric plants and the remaining 17% renewable energy

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of up to 42.2 million dollars to help the private sector in Uruguay finance the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a 48.6 MW wind farm and its associated facilities.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

HMS Iron Duke and Ice Patrol HMS Protector coincide in South Georgia

Frigate HMS Iron Duke will be patrolling the area including a call at the Falklands

The Royal Navy HMS Iron Duke on Atlantic Patrol Tasking south berthed this week in South Georgia for a few days where she also met with Ice Patrol HMS Protector which arrived at the islands on her deployment to Antarctica, after battling hurricane force winds and 24 meters waves.

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