Environment

Environment
Wednesday, June 11th 2014 - 07:03 UTC

Flooding in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, with record rainfall and rivers' swelling

In the capital Asunción an estimated 150.000 people had to be evacuated

Floods have killed nine people and driven tens of thousands of people from their homes while swelling rivers to record levels in southern Brazil and neighboring Paraguay and Argentina, authorities said Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 11th 2014 - 01:16 UTC

Chilean government rejects major mega-energy project in Patagonia

The project called for building five dams on the Pascua and Baker rivers in Patagonia to generate electricity

A panel of Chilean Cabinet ministers voted unanimously on Tuesday to reject the 3.2 billion dollars HidroAysen mega-project, which envisioned the construction of five power-generating dams in the environmentally sensitive Patagonia region.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014 - 13:17 UTC

Obama's climate plan is leaking methane

 By the EPA's own estimate, coal generation will decline by 20% to 22% by 2020.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 30% will no doubt lead to a cleaner economy. But the road there will be paved with methane. By requiring reductions in the energy intensity per megawatt-hour of electricity generation, utilities will have the ability to choose from an array of options for how to meet the targets.

Monday, June 9th 2014 - 23:22 UTC

Iguazu falls Devil's Gorge closed to the public because of rising waters

The Devil's Gorge is the main attraction of the Iguazu falls

The Iguazu National Park in Argentina has taken precaution measures and closed access to the Devil's Gorge of the world famous Iguazú falls because of an imminent rise in water levels after the Itaipu and Yacireta dams announced they will be forced to increase the outflow.

Friday, June 6th 2014 - 08:45 UTC

“Raise your voice, not the sea level”, says UN chief on World Environment Day

This year, I urge everyone to think about the plight of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), said Ban Ki moon

Barbados, a small Caribbean island at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change, will be hosting this year's World Environment Day, leading United Nations-wide efforts to draw attention to the plight of the world's small islands potentially in peril of being lost to sea-level rise.

Friday, June 6th 2014 - 02:38 UTC

Science and tourism combine in support of Wandering Albatross

A spectacular close shot of a Wandering Albatross

In a superb development for science and tourism in South Georgia, Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris is offering the opportunity for 7 people to join a scientific trip on the Hans Hansson surveying South Georgia’s wandering albatross.

Wednesday, June 4th 2014 - 20:53 UTC

IAATO celebrates 25th meeting with growing membership and review of ports services

 Members voted to re-appoint Marlynda Elstgeest of Waterproof Expeditions as the Chair of the Committee

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) met in Providence, Rhode Island from 27-29 May for their 25th gathering of members and as at previous meetings, the goal was to review the past year and discuss current and future issues for the Antarctic tourism industry in line with the association’s mission to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible tourism.

Friday, May 30th 2014 - 04:59 UTC

Cold weather shrinks US economy growth in the first quarter

The fall was twice as big as economists expected: most Wall Street analysts had forecast the economy to contract by around 0.5%.

The US economy shrank by an annualized 1% in the first three months of 2014, official estimates have shown. It is the worst economic performance since the first quarter of 2011 and a big fall on the 2.6% rise in economic output in the final quarter of last year.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 08:24 UTC

State of emergency because of floods in Manaus, where England plays Italy

Manaus spokesperson Jacira Oliveira said the 180-day emergency is 'preventive'

Brazilian World Cup host city Manaus has declared a state of emergency as the waters of an Amazon River tributary swell, although officials say they do not expect it to flood.

Monday, May 26th 2014 - 13:23 UTC

Thousands march across the world to protest against Monsanto and GMO foods

Organized worldwide, peaceful family protests spoke out for the need to protect food supply, health, local farms and environment

Hundreds of thousands people have united across the world to voice concern over the spread of GMO foods and crops and to raise awareness over the biotech giant Monsanto’s growing grip on the global food supply chain.

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