Environment

Environment
Friday, February 26th 2016 - 06:38 UTC

Falklands' Gentoo penguins practice “kleptoparasitism”, shows study by South African scientist

South African doctoral student Jonathan Handley (L) attaches a video camera to a Falklands gentoo, assisted by Alicky Davey, working with Falklands Conservation

Penguins in addition to being stealthy swimmers and keen hunters, unique video footage has revealed a dark side: a video camera attached to the back of a gentoo penguin swimming off the Falkland Islands captures a violent underwater scuffle where penguins steal food right out of each other’s beaks.

Friday, February 26th 2016 - 06:19 UTC

Greenpeace celebrates and supports cancellation of Icelandic fin whale hunt

 Kristján Loftsson, CEO of whaling company Hvalur, made the announcement on arguments that it has encountered difficulties getting the whale meat to market.

Greenpeace celebrates the 'incredible' news that Iceland has cancelled the fin whale hunt for the current season and underlines that nowadays “there is simply no place for commercial whaling” plus the fact that Iceland and Japan have stockpiles of unwanted whale meat.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016 - 07:50 UTC

FAO summit in Morocco addresses fish trade traceability and eliminating IUU fishing

“Trade in fish is much more important than people think, both in absolute and relative terms,” said Audun Lem, Deputy-Director in FAO's Fisheries Division

High-level delegations of fisheries ministries from more than 50 countries are gathering in Agadir, Morocco for a summit with industry players to discuss emerging governance needs in a sector that provides the world with 17% of its animal protein and developing countries with more export revenue than meat, tobacco, rice and sugar combined.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016 - 06:05 UTC

Homicide charges for seven top officials linked to Brazil's worst mining accident

Samarco is owned by Brazil's Vale and mining giant BHP Billiton. On Tuesday police presented the first official report into the incident.

Brazilian authorities have charged the president of mining company Samarco and six others with homicide for the mining disaster that killed 19 people last November. Police in Minas Gerais State have asked for Ricardo Vescovi, along with five other Samarco executives and one contractor to be arrested.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016 - 05:53 UTC

Huge fireball plunged through the atmosphere into the Atlantic, off Brazil coast

As it burned up, the space rock released the equivalent of 13,000 tons of TNT. This makes it the most powerful event since Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013.

The biggest fireball since the Chelyabinsk explosion has plunged through the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean. The event, which has only just come to light, occurred off the coast of Brazil at 13:55 GMT on 6 February.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 - 06:43 UTC

Argentina celebrates 112th anniversary of flag flying and presence in Antarctica

Since 1904 Argentina has had a standing uninterrupted presence in Antarctica and in 1959 was one of the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, said the ministry

Argentina Antarctica Day was celebrated on Monday 22 February, recalling the 112th anniversary of the first time the country's flag was flown at the Meteorological and Magnetic Observatory in the Laure Island, South Orkneys in 1904.

Friday, February 19th 2016 - 04:49 UTC

New study reveals patterns in Antarctic tourism: more visitors but highly concentrated in area

The analysis was conducted by Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York in conjunction with International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)

Results from a new study examining 20 years of commercial cruise activity in the Antarctic Peninsula region have important implications for Antarctic visitor management. The paper was published online this week in the journal Antarctic Science, according to the latest release from IAATO.

Friday, February 19th 2016 - 04:24 UTC

Brazil biggest environmental disaster: compensation agreement could be signed this week

Brazil’s attorney general Luís Inácio Adams said that if the deal is signed Samarco  could resume mining operations later this year.

The Brazilian government expects to reach an agreement by Friday with Samarco Mineração to settle a 20 billion-real (US$4.9 billion) lawsuit for damages in the deadly dam disaster which burst in inland Minas Gerais creating a tsunami of mud and waste that killed 17 people and reached the Atlantic ocean.

Tuesday, February 16th 2016 - 08:30 UTC

Blocked access to food in Antarctica kills an estimated 150.000 Adelie penguins

The huge piece of ice forced the birds to walk more than 60 kilometers in search of food, gradually reducing the population to just a few thousand.

Scientists say an estimated 150,000 Adelie penguins have been wiped out on Antarctica's Cape Denison in the five years since a giant iceberg blocked their main access to food. A study recently published in the journal Antarctic Science says the B09B iceberg crashed with the Mertz Glacier Tongue and got stuck in Commonwealth Bay, an area that was rarely covered by sea-ice, making it ideal for Adelie penguin colonies.

Thursday, February 11th 2016 - 05:45 UTC

ICAO agrees on first binding limits on emissions from the aviation industry

“Carbon emissions from aviation are growing rapidly, with the number of flights worldwide expected to double in the next 15 years,” said Stephane Dujarric

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) proposing the first binding limits on emissions from the aviation industry.

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