Environment

Environment
Wednesday, June 15th 2016 - 19:06 UTC

Federal Reserve cautious about the future, leaves interest rates unchanged

“The pace of improvement in the labor market has slowed” However “economic activity will expand at a moderate pace”

United States Federal Reserve in a unanimous vote kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and signaled that it will assess labor market conditions, inflation expectations and financial and international developments before deciding on future actions. The U.S. central bank also lowered its economic growth forecasts for 2016 and 2017 and indicated it would be less aggressive in tightening monetary policy after the end of this year.

Sunday, June 5th 2016 - 23:22 UTC

Brewery creates organic six-pack rings to protect sea life

Plastic rings, untold numbers of which end up in rivers and oceans, can be fatal traps for fish, turtles and sea birds

A Florida brewery in the United States has done something bold to try to help the environment: replacing the plastic six-pack rings that can harm sea life with edible ones. Plastic rings, untold numbers of which end up in rivers and oceans, can be fatal to animals like fish, turtles and birds, and Saltwater Brewery thought there had to be a better way.

Saturday, June 4th 2016 - 11:22 UTC

World Environment Day: UN urges help to end illegal wildlife trade

Elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory, rhinos for their horns, and pangolins for their scales.

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on World Environment Day, to be observed on 5 June:This year’s observance of World Environment Day shines a much-needed spotlight on the illegal trade in wildlife.

Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 19:40 UTC

Argentine hopes dashed on Falklands, Antarctica: Continental Shelf Commission refused to consider three major claims

The Commission is composed of 21 scientists and its Rules of Procedure forbid consideration of “unresolved land or maritime disputes”.

In April 2009, Argentina submitted a formal claim to sovereignty over an exceptionally large continental shelf, across hundreds of miles of the sea-bed to the east and south of Argentina. This year, in March, newspapers around the world incorrectly reported the whole Argentine submission had been endorsed.

Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 06:40 UTC

Falklands are “my homeland”, with the right to freely choose our own future

Ms. Krysteen Ormond, JP, Falkland Islands Government Representative to the United Nations Decolonization Committee

The Falklands are a people, “my homeland”, with the right to freely choose our own future, as enshrined as leading principle in the UN Charter and safeguarded by the several covenants on civil and political rights, said Falklands' government representative Krysteen Ormond addressing the Pacific Regional Seminar of the C24, Special Decolonization Committee.

Thursday, June 2nd 2016 - 08:49 UTC

US defense bill includes one billion dollars to fund a new polar icebreaker

Senator Cochran said the bill recommends $1 billion in Navy shipbuilding funds to procure the first U.S. Coast Guard-operated icebreaker in more than 25 years.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee's Defense Appropriations Bill has included one billion dollars in funding to accelerate construction of a new polar icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard, reported Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

Tuesday, May 31st 2016 - 17:30 UTC

FAO sponsored illegal fishing accord scheduled to become law on 5 June; 30 countries have adhered

Each year, IUU fishing is responsible for annual catches of up to 26 million tons, with a value of up to US$ 23 billion.

Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing is about to become much more difficult thanks to the imminent entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO.

Monday, May 30th 2016 - 07:03 UTC

Australia enforces low sulfur fuel regulations: Carnival cruise fined

The Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbor, following a fuel sample taken by the ship’s crew and provided to EPA officers

Australia’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC US$15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbor. A fuel sample taken by the ship’s crew and provided to EPA officers while the ship was berthed at the White Bay Cruise Terminal on February 26, 2016 had a sulfur level of 0.293%, nearly three times the 0.1% sulfur limit.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 18:04 UTC

Cephalopods numbers have increased over the last six decades, says Adelaide university study

To investigate long-term trends in cephalopod abundance, the study’s authors compiled a global database of cephalopod catch rates from 1953 to 2013.

According to a new study published in the journal Current Biology, cephalopods’ numbers have increased in the world’s oceans over the past six decades. Cephalopods are a diverse group of highly developed mollusks that includes squid, cuttlefish, octopuses and nautiloids.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 07:02 UTC

UK tremor: North Yorkshire approve fracking operations

 The vote triggered a fierce response from environmentalists who see fracking as a threat to local countryside and a deviation from UK climate-change promises.

The first fracking operation in the UK since 2011 earthquake scares has been approved by North Yorkshire councilors, stirring a fresh debate on the benefits and risks of the controversial gas extraction method. Councilors granted permission to UK firm Third Energy to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at an existing drilling site near the village of Kirby Misperton.

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