Monday, November 9th 2015 - 08:02 UTC

Mining disaster in Brazil: 28 remain disappeared; BHP Billiton CEO flying to Minas Gerais

The intensity of the destruction, with flooding and mud as far as 100km away from the mine, has meant a slow and laborious rescue effort.

Brazilian authorities are still struggling to determine what caused the rupture in dams at an iron ore mine and desperately working to recover the bodies of as many as 28 people believed to have been swept away in the massive mudflow and flood.

Wednesday, November 4th 2015 - 07:18 UTC

Australia announces construction of new icebreaker and more funds for Antarctic research

The new icebreaker will be faster (max speed of 16 knots), larger (156 meters long), and stronger with a 1.65-meter icebreaking capacity

The Australian government has provided the first look at Australia's new icebreaker, a ship it says will offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Tuesday, November 3rd 2015 - 06:29 UTC

Brazil and EU agree on biosecurity measures for horse sports in RIO 2016 Games

 Brazil's range of biosecurity measures includes the Deodoro Olympic equestrian venue, Rio do Janeiro's airport and the corridor in between

Brazil and the European Union have reportedly settled biosecurity-related arrangements that will allow the passage of sport horses in and out of Rio de Janeiro for next year’s Olympics. However, details of any deal have yet to be posted on website of the Olympic Public Authority in Brazil, or the main Games website, Rio2016.com. Details of the deal are expected to be released this week.

Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 06:26 UTC

El Niño turns the world's most arid desert into a blossomed carpet

The softer side to the disruptive El Niño: an enormous blanket of colorful flowers has carpeted Chile's Atacama desert, the most arid in the world.

One of the driest places on Earth has blossomed after some unusual rain earlier this year. The Atacama Desert, primarily located in Chile along the Pacific Ocean, is flush with flowers after relatively heavy precipitation in March and August fell in the drought-stricken region.

Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 06:08 UTC

Frustration with CCAMLR meeting: no advance on conservation proposals

”CCAMLR failed to pass a single important measure to enhance conservation – its primary responsibility,” said Mark Epstein from ASOC

The 34th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources closed Friday in Hobart, Tasmania with the unexpected emergence of China as a supporter for a revised Ross Sea MPA. The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) described the Commission’s slow progress to live up to its conservation responsibilities as “challenging”.

Thursday, October 29th 2015 - 06:53 UTC

On Amazon Day, Minister Swire praises Brazil as champion on climate change and tackling deforestation

Remarkably Brazil has reduced over 85% of its forestry emissions over the last decade - and cut Amazon deforestation rates by 82% over the same period.

Describing Brazil as a valued partner of Britain, and champion on climate change and tackling deforestation, Minister of State for Latin America, Hugo Swire, attended on Wednesday the Amazon Day 2015 at the Brazilian embassy where he also met with ministers Texeira, Levy and Coutinho who are in London for the first UK-Brazil economic and financial dialogue round.

Tuesday, October 20th 2015 - 03:11 UTC

Antarctic Ocean Alliance calls on CCAMLR to agree on marine conservation areas

 CCAMLR pledged to establish two marine protected areas by 2012, but lack of consensus has failed to reach agreement on two major proposals

The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) called on the 25 member countries gathering on Monday for the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to finally agree on lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.

Monday, October 19th 2015 - 10:02 UTC

US imposes new curbs on Arctic waters oil and gas exploration

In light of Shell's announcement “it does not make sense to prepare for lease sales in the Arctic in the next year and a half,” said Interior Secretary Jewell

The US government has announced new curbs on oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern coast. It comes after oil giant Royal Dutch Shell last month stopped its Arctic activity citing “disappointing” tests.

Thursday, October 15th 2015 - 06:52 UTC

HMS Protector to assess fish stocks and update Ross Sea charts

Ross Sea contains valuable fish stocks and Protector will help to ensure fishing vessels comply with the strict environmental rules for a sustainable resource.

Ice ship HMS Protector is heading for waters no Royal Navy vessel has visited in 80 years as she begins a marathon deployment to Antarctica. The Plymouth-based icebreaker and survey vessel will ensure the world’s fishermen are not stripping the largely-unspoiled waters of the Ross Sea of marine life.

Wednesday, October 7th 2015 - 05:37 UTC

Chile announces world's third largest fully protected marine area

Combined, Nazca-Desaventuradas and Easter Island would protect more than 350,000 square miles, larger than Chile's total landmass.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced this week the creation of the Nazca-Desaventuradas Marine Park, giving Chile claim to the largest marine reserve in the Americas -- as well as the Easter Island Marine Park, which will be the third-largest fully protected marine area in the world.


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