Environment

Environment
Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 00:24 UTC

Obama and Democrats support Pope's climate message, but Republicans dissented

 “We have a profound responsibility to protect our children, and our children's children, from the damaging impacts of climate change,” Obama said.

The Obama administration and congressional Democrats welcomed Pope Francis' call for sweeping action against climate change Thursday, but the pontiff's message was swiftly dismissed by GOP lawmakers.

Tuesday, June 16th 2015 - 05:13 UTC

Gas leak forces Petrobras to halt production at offshore platform: second incident in a month

The P-40, located about 175 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, is at the hub of a network of five platforms in Marlim Sul

Brazil's Petrobras halted production on Sunday from its P-40 platform in the offshore Marlim Sul field after a gas leak on the vessel, an oil workers' union and the country's petroleum regulator said on Monday.

Monday, June 15th 2015 - 06:02 UTC

“Out of the Blue”, photo competition sponsored by Prince of Wales to celebrates oceans and seas

The crest of the “Out of the Blue: The Prince of Wales's Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards”.

The Prince of Wales marked World Oceans Day, last 8 June by launching a new photography competition for Commonwealth citizens to celebrate the beauty and importance of our oceans and seas: “Out of the Blue: The Prince of Wales's Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards”.

Saturday, June 13th 2015 - 07:27 UTC

California orders the largest water cuts on record to help ease shortages

The state has already ordered cuts in water use by cities and towns and by many other farmers.

The state of California has ordered some of the largest water cuts on record to help ease shortages during the current drought. The move affects more than 100 senior water rights holders in the state's Delta, San Joaquin and Sacramento regions, including water districts that serve thousands of farmers and others.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 06:16 UTC

Patagonia Azul in Chubut becomes Biosphere reserve; holds 40% of world's Magellan penguins

Patagonia Azul biosphere reserve is located on the coast of Chubut and covers 3,102,005 hectares. It encompasses a coastal area with the greatest biodiversity

The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) added this week twenty 20 new sites (including two in Latina America) to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, bringing their total number to 651 sites, including 15 trans-boundary sites, in 120 countries.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 06:33 UTC

“Healthy oceans, healthy planet”, an essential component of the Earth's ecosystem

 “Oceans are an essential component of the Earth’s ecosystem, and healthy oceans are critical to sustaining a healthy planet,” said Ban Ki-moon

Although the world’s oceans are vast, their capacity to withstand damage caused by human activity is limited, compromising their critical contribution to the future of sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared on Monday as the United Nations kicked-off its celebrations for the 2015 edition of World Oceans Day.

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 09:39 UTC

Environmental groups lobbying to derail Shell drilling for oil in the Arctic

The Sierra Club and nine other groups sought to overturn the US decision in a petition with the San Francisco 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week.

Environmental groups and organizations are lobbying to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, gave conditional approval in May to Shell's resumption of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, which was paused after a mishap-filled 2012 season.

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 09:02 UTC

UN invites world’s seven billion people to become agents of change on World Environment Day

“Humanity continues to consume far more natural resources than the planet can sustainably provide,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message

With many of the earth’s ecosystems nearing “critical tipping points,” the United Nations invited each of the seven billion people on the planet to mark this year’s World Environment Day by making one change towards a more responsible consumption of resources – “be it refusing to buy single-use plastic bags or riding a bike to work.”

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 08:31 UTC

Ramsar convention in Punta del Este calls for healthy wetlands

Happy World Environment Day, from Dr Christopher Briggs, Secretary General Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

We join the rest of the world to celebrate World Environment Day from glorious Punta del Este, Uruguay, where we are currently meeting at the 12th Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The Contracting Parties have gathered and are very hard at work, to define a new Strategic Plan that will guide our commitment to conserve and wisely use the world’s wetlands, over the next six years from 2016 to 2021.

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 - 09:24 UTC

Falklands advances despite Argentine disruption and blockade efforts, says Acting Governor Sandra Tyler-Haywood

“These are exciting times for the Falkland Islands. The past year has seen significant developments in many areas”, said Acting Governor Sandra Tyler Haywood

Falkland Islands' Her Honour the Acting Governor delivered on Tuesday his State of the Nation speech to the elected Legislative Assembly underlining progress and expansion achieved in the economy and community development, the UK resolute in defending the rights and wishes of the Falkland Islanders to develop their own natural resources, and despite Argentine disruption and blockade efforts, first oil is expected to be produced in 2019.

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