Environment

Environment
Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 01:04 UTC

EU sanctions 10 countries for overfishing with reduction of fishing quotas

“If we want to be serious in our fight against overfishing, we need to apply our rules by the book, and respect of quotas” said Commissioner  Damanaki.

The European Commission (EC) has decided to sanction Spain and nine other Member States for exceeding their fishing quotas during the past financial year, and reduce their fishing opportunities for 2014. This measure is intended to repair the damage caused to resources and in this way ensure the sustainable capture of resources.

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 07:46 UTC

Blackouts, trees and posts knocked down by gales in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas

In Ushuaia even the tourist train was blown over

Hurricane strong winds on Saturday blew roofs, knocked down lamp posts and trees and left big areas of Ushuaia, Argentina and Puntas Arenas, Chile without power according to reports from both cities in the extreme south of the continent.

Tuesday, August 5th 2014 - 06:21 UTC

IDB finances photovoltaic solar energy project for private sector in Uruguay

With a total installed capacity of 64.8MW, the plant will be part of the La Jacinta Solar Energy Project located in northwest Uruguay

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a 40.9 million dollars loan from its ordinary capital and 25 million from the Canada Climate Fund, which is administered by the Bank, to finance the private sector in Uruguay in the construction, operation and maintenance of a photovoltaic solar energy plant and its related facilities.

Wednesday, July 30th 2014 - 15:18 UTC

Sao Paulo faces water rationing; in 100 days the system could run dry

The key Cantareira water system, which provides water to some 9 million of the 20 million people metropolitan Sao Paulo city, has less than 16% of its capacity

Federal prosecutors have asked the government of Sao Paulo to present water rationing plans for Brazil's most populous state to prevent the collapse of its main reservoir. If such plans are not presented in 10 days, the prosecutor's office said on its website it may ask courts to force rationing.

Tuesday, July 29th 2014 - 21:31 UTC

Falkland Islands nominated finalists in the Travel Agents Choice Award

The awards are sponsored by “Selling Travel Magazine”, and winners will be announced 15 October

The Falkland Islands have been nominated and are finalists in the Travel Agents Choice Awards sponsored by “Selling Travel Magazine” in the UK. (Previously known as Selling Long Haul Magazine), announced the Falkland Islands Tourism Board. The Falkland Islands have been nominated for “Best Destination for Wildlife and Nature”.

Friday, July 25th 2014 - 19:30 UTC

Falklands Tourist Board planning strong presence at UK Bird Fair and World Market Travel

The aim of the Fair is to get birdwatchers to celebrate birds and to develop a commercial fair for the bird watching industry

Falkland Islands Tourist Board (FITB) has been busy over the past weeks planning for upcoming events in the UK. The first event is in just three weeks when FITB will again be attending Bird Fair at Rutland Wildlife Reserve in Oakham, UK.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 08:10 UTC

“Busy and diverse tourism season” South Georgia tells IAATO meeting

Vessels like Ortelius and Ushuaia, made 55 visits to South Georgia during the last tourist season

In the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands’ annual address to the tourism industry at the IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) meeting in Providence, Richard McKee, GSGSSI Executive Officer summarized the 2013-14 season as “incredibly busy and diverse” given the 55 cruise ship calls.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 07:52 UTC

IAATO commends Norwegian court for convicting violator of Antarctic Treaty

Andhøy, skipper of the ill-fated yacht Berserk that went missing February, 2011 in the Ross Sea, with the loss of three crew members

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has commended the Nord-Troms District Court for convicting Jarle Andhøy of violating the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.

Wednesday, July 16th 2014 - 09:19 UTC

Amazing new invention from UK business ready to save the Southern Ocean’s Albatross

Dead black-browed Albatross in Uruguay fishery ( Credit M. Abreu, BirdLife International )

Globally, an albatross dies on a fishing hook every 5 seconds. Since working with Falklands Conservation from 1996-2005, biologist Becky Ingham has wanted to help prevent the decline of these iconic birds. The Hookpod is a clever new invention that catches fish, not birds and here Becky tells us how ot works.

Tuesday, July 1st 2014 - 08:22 UTC

Floating plastic junk widely spread on world oceans but doubts about how much

Plastic debris from land reaches the ocean mostly through storm water runoff, the researchers said in their report

Plastic junk is floating widely on the world’s oceans, but there’s less of it than expected, a study says. Such ocean pollution has drawn attention in recent years because of its potential harm to fish and other wildlife.

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