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Thursday, February 13th 2014 - 02:05 UTC

Satellite test counting of whales in Argentina's Peninsula Valdez and Golfo Nuevo

“Our study is a proof of principle,” said Peter Fretwell from the British Antarctic Survey.

Scientists have demonstrated a new method for counting whales from space. It uses very high-resolution satellite pictures and image-processing software to automatically detect the great mammals at or near the ocean surface.

Thursday, February 6th 2014 - 22:24 UTC

New species of giant jelly fish found on a beach in Tasmania

The 1.5 meters jelly fish is described as belonging to the Lion's Mane species

Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania. A family found the 1.5m jellyfish on a beach south of Hobart last month.

Thursday, February 6th 2014 - 04:53 UTC

Last year was among the top ten warmest since modern records started in 1850

The global temperature for the year 2013 is consistent with the long term warming trend,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud

The year 2013 was among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest year, with a global land and ocean surface temperature that was 0.50°C (0.90°F) above the 1961–1990 average and 0.03°C (0.05°F) higher than the most recent 2001–2010 decadal average.

Wednesday, February 5th 2014 - 08:38 UTC

US Senate passes 1 trillion dollars farm bill with crop insurance program, cuts in subsidies and food stamps

Senator Stabenow, 'saving taxpayers money and creating smart policies that lay the foundation for a stronger economy'

The United States Senate on Tuesday passed the long-awaited almost 1 trillion dollars farm bill, ending two years of partisan clashes and stalled negotiations. The bill was approved with strong bipartisan support, 68 to 32.

Friday, January 31st 2014 - 06:42 UTC

Climate change increasing penguin chick mortality in Argentina, says report

The study refers to 400,000 Magellanic penguins living along the coast of Argentina in Punta Tombo peninsula

Penguin-chick mortality rates have increased in recent years off the coast of Argentina, a trend scientists attribute to climate change and expect to worsen throughout the century, a new study finds.

Tuesday, January 28th 2014 - 05:45 UTC

Fears that a drifting Russian cruise vessel, full of rats, could reach UK shores

The Russian liner Lyubov Orlova that once carried 100 passengers

An abandoned cruise ship allegedly brimming with cannibal rats, which has been drifting in the Atlantic Ocean for around 12 months might end up in the shores of Great Britain. According to experts, the Russian liner Lyubov Orlova that once carried 100 passengers, might drift on the west coast of Cornwall, Scotland, or Ireland.

Sunday, January 26th 2014 - 09:27 UTC

Uruguay, Ecuador and Malta boast best climates in the world

Punta del Este resort in Uruguay

Uruguay, Ecuador and Malta were named as the best three countries in the world when it comes to climate.

Friday, January 24th 2014 - 02:11 UTC

Record hot January for Argentina with thermal factor 47.6 Celsius in Buenos Aires

People try to cool themselves from the unbearable heat

January 2014 is becoming the hottest month in 53 years for Argentina with the thermal factor reaching an unbearable 47.6 Celsius mid afternoon before rain poured bringing some relief to most of the country an particularly in cement city Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 - 17:03 UTC

NASA says 2013 tied with 2009 and 2005 for the seventh warmest year since 1880

 Average temperature in 2013 was 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6 Celsius), or 1.1 F (0.6 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline

NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record have all occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years on record.

Saturday, January 18th 2014 - 05:41 UTC

HMS Protector surveying previously unchartered waters off Sandwich Islands

The ice patrol managed to land a survey teams at Thule Island (Pic LA Vicki Benwell)

Previously uncharted areas of the Southern Ocean have been surveyed by personnel on board Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Protector. Using its multi-beam echo sounder the ship gathered data off the Sandwich Islands along areas of the Douglas Straits between South Thule and Cook Island for the UK Hydrographic Office to fill in missing data in the Admiralty Charts.

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