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Friday, April 17th 2015 - 04:12 UTC

Malvinas Secretary Filmus to talk about Falklands and oil in London

Filmus and Ambassador Castro will be hosting the conference and media round this Friday in London

Argentina's Secretary for Malvinas Islands Affairs, Daniel Filmus will be giving a conference on Friday in London on the Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute with the UK and the current round of oil drilling offshore the Islands, in what Argentina considers its territory.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 22:23 UTC

Greenpeace reacts to NOAA report showing U.S. overfished stocks at all-time low

The US tuna fleet must keep to the same standards as in US waters. Tuna fisheries kill millions of sharks annually as bycatch, and some tuna populations remain in dire shape.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the 2014 Status of U.S. Fisheries report, which indicates that the number of US fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when NOAA began tracking stock status.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 09:05 UTC

“Overfishing and overfished stocks at all times low” in US fisheries

“NOAA wants to let consumers know that the United States’ global leadership in responsible fisheries and sustainable seafood is paying off,” Sobeck said

The number of United States domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) began tracking stock status, according to the 2014 Status of U.S. Fisheries report to Congress.

Thursday, April 9th 2015 - 01:35 UTC

Brazil inflation soars as electricity rates go up 22% in March and 60.42% in the last 12 months

Housing costs rose 5.29% in March from February alone, pushed up by a 22% increase in electricity rates because of a severe drought affecting hydroelectric production

Consumer prices in Brazil picked up in March, putting the 12-month rate at the highest level in more than eleven years, highlighting one of the main challenges facing Latin America's largest economy in the year ahead. The rolling 12-month IPCA was up 8.13% through March, up from 7.70% in February, remaining well above the central bank's 6.5% ceiling. In the first quarter of the year, prices have risen 3.83%, while the 12-month figure marked the highest level since December 2003, when it reached 9.30%.

Monday, April 6th 2015 - 17:15 UTC

Santos port four-day fire raging; efforts concentrated in stopping flames from spreading

Firefighters said there was little they could do to extinguish the flames before most of the fuel was consumed.

A fire at a fuel storage facility near Brazil's largest port Santos entered its fourth day on Sunday as 110 firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading further, the local fire department said.

Monday, April 6th 2015 - 16:43 UTC

Mexican oil production drops following deadly fire on offshore rig

 Production fell from 650,000 barrels per day to 430,000 in the Campeche Sound region of the Gulf of Mexico after Wednesday's blast and blaze (Pic AFP)

Mexico's oil production dropped following a deadly fire at an offshore platform, while authorities are still searching for three missing workers, state-run energy firm Pemex said.

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 07:56 UTC

Multi-year drought forces California to impose mandatory water restrictions

 “We're standing on dry ground and we should be standing on 1.5 meters of snow” Brown said at a state snow monitoring station in the Sierra Nevada

California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions this week, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25%.

Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 11:52 UTC

Antarctica floating ice shelves thinning at an unexpected accelerated rate

Scientists have their best view yet of the status of Antarctica's floating ice shelves and they find them to be thinning at an accelerating rate. Fernando Paolo and colleagues used 18 years of data from European radar satellites to compile their assessment.

Thursday, March 26th 2015 - 09:46 UTC

North Chile heavy rain and flash flooding forces suspension of world's largest copper mines

Television images and photos on Twitter showed muddy rivers rushing through city streets, bridges wiped out, and buildings including a hospital flooded.

Heavy rains in Chile's northern desert regions have caused mudslides and rivers to breach their banks, leaving residents stranded and forcing top copper miner Codelco to suspend mining operations.

Monday, March 23rd 2015 - 19:55 UTC

UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all

Ban Ki-moon warned that access to safe drinking water and sanitation was among “the most urgent issues” affecting populations across the globe.

As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared on Sunday.

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