Environment

Environment
Monday, March 31st 2014 - 16:29 UTC

Japan abides International Court of Justice ruling to halt whaling program

Presiding Judge Peter Tomka said the court had decided, by 12 votes to four, that Japan should withdraw all permits and licenses for whaling in the Antarctic

The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling program in the Antarctic. It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the program was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo.

Friday, March 28th 2014 - 19:36 UTC

EU sanitary delegation to inspect Argentina's fishing industry whole cycle

The use of additives and other products are expected to be closely monitored by the EU sanitary delegation

Delegates from the European Union (EU) are to visit Argentina between September and December later this year to inspect the facilities that comprise the whole fishing production circuit: docks, boats, processing plants authorized to export to EU and offices of the National Service of Agri-food health and quality, (Senasa).

Tuesday, March 25th 2014 - 22:20 UTC

South Georgia reindeer eradication project to recover natural environment almost completed

Reindeer were introduced in the island in the early 1900's to feed whalers

After many years of planning, and two field seasons on the ground, the main part of the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, SGSSI, Reindeer Eradication Project is now all but done, according to the latest South Georgia newsletter. An estimated 3.140 animals have been sacrificed over a six-week period.

Monday, March 10th 2014 - 21:05 UTC

Scientists discover new man-made gases that are depleting the ozone layer

Research shows four gases that were not around in the atmosphere at all until the 1960s, said Dr. Laube from East Anglia university

Scientists have identified four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer. Two of the gases are accumulating at a rate that is causing concern among researchers. Worries over the growing ozone hole have seen the production of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases restricted since the mid 1980s

Friday, March 7th 2014 - 04:48 UTC

MSC Certification for Falkland Islands Toothfish reflects high management standards

The fishery entered assessment in August 2012

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification has been granted to the Falklands Islands Toothfish longline fishery, announced on Thursday Consolidated Fisheries Ltd. (CFL). The fishery is the first in the Falkland Islands to be certified and reflects the high standards of fisheries management and environmental measures practised within the Islands on the Patagonian toothfish fishery.

Saturday, March 1st 2014 - 02:27 UTC

“We Are Falklands” Photo Competition

Falklands' pristine landscape

The Falkland Islands Government PR & Media Office is running a photo competition to source quality images of 'our beautiful home'. The winning photos will be printed and displayed at a central London gallery later this year to promote the stunning views, wildlife, history and community that make the Falkland Islands a truly unique place.

Friday, February 28th 2014 - 03:05 UTC

Ocean Summit takes off with US proposal for a watchdog

The Economist and National Geography are hosting the meeting in San Francisco

The proposal to create an international body within the UN governing the seas was the focus this week at the beginning of the Ocean Summit. In this international meeting, world leaders emphasized its fast degradation and increasing pressure to further exploit its resources.

Friday, February 21st 2014 - 07:56 UTC

South Georgia research vessels' season: three were active in January plus HMS Protector

Divers deployed to check the landing beach at Southern Thule island

Several research vessels coincided in South Georgia Island during the month of January plus HMS Protector involved in extensive surveying of South Sandwich Island for the UK Hydrographic Office, reports the latest edition of the South Georgia newsletter.

Friday, February 21st 2014 - 07:49 UTC

Successful second phase removal of reindeer in South Georgia

Reindeer were introduced in the island by whalers in the early 1900s

The second phase of the government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) project to remove introduced reindeer from South Georgia got underway in early January, reports the latest edition of the South Georgia newsletter.

Wednesday, February 19th 2014 - 05:04 UTC

Small meteorite bang spreads fear of mini earth tremor in central Argentina

The area in central Santa Fe province where the incident occurred Tuesday morning

Argentine space expert Jorge Coghlan said that the huge bang heard on Tuesday and that scared many people in central Santa Fe province was caused by a “meteorite which disintegrated on entering the atmosphere and thus caused a major vibration”. The incident was reported early mid morning.

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