Environment

Environment
Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Polar Code does not adequately protect Antarctic environment from shipping, says ASOC

ASOC believes that an effective Polar Code should require vessels sailing in Antarctic waters to completely stop discharging raw sewage.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition voiced its disappointment over the lack of any significant new provisions in Part II of the Polar Code that would adequately protect the Antarctic environment from shipping. The London-based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday adopted Part II of the Polar Code concerning pollution prevention.

Wednesday, May 13th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

IDB 216m dollars loan for Uruguay to support construction of wind farms

Financing for the wind farms is partly supported by the China Co-financing Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean, created by Beijing

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) continues to support the expansion of renewable energy in Uruguay through two financial packages, totaling 216 million dollars, which were approved for the private sector to finance part of the construction of the Colonia Airas and Valentines wind farms and their related works.

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 - 08:43 UTC

Obama approves oil drilling in the Arctic Sea under certain conditions

“We have taken a thoughtful approach to carefully considering potential exploration in the Chukchi Sea,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper.

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday approved petroleum giant Shell's request to begin drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Sea under certain conditions, despite opposition from environmental groups.

Monday, May 11th 2015 - 10:33 UTC

Sei whales found dead in southern Chile: red tide or virus suspected death cause

Images showed the decaying mammals grouped together and laid out along a grass-and-rock shoreline. They were discovered by a group of foreign scientists (Pic AP)

More than 20 whales were found dead and rotting along a rocky coast of southern Chile, maritime officials said, as they tried to determine what killed them and when. The whales, discovered beached north of the Gulf of Penas, measured about 10 meters long, according to officials with Chile's national fisheries service.

Friday, May 8th 2015 - 18:34 UTC

David vs. Goliath: small-cap tech to save giant coal

EPA regulations add a further 28 states to the 22 states who already have similar state-imposed mercury emission compliance regulations.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new mercury pollution regulations that took effect last month opened the flood gates for a new multi-billion-dollar energy industry that has investors scrambling to get in on second-generation technology poised for massive revenue gains.

Friday, May 8th 2015 - 08:21 UTC

IAATO agrees to ban recreational use of UAVs in Antarctica’s coastal areas

The UAV's ban will be reviewed next year to allow for potential technological advances and further developments within the regulatory community.

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) members have agreed that, for the 2015-16 season, they will not allow the recreational use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas of Antarctica.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 06:18 UTC

Cutting down killer whale toothfish snacking in South Georgia

Killer whales are not the only animals to take fish off the fishermen’s longlines in the South Georgia area however.

Studies of killer whales (Orca) in South Georgia waters may help fishermen avoid the whales stealing the fish off the fishing long-lines (termed depredation), according to the latest edition of South Georgia Newsletter.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 17:38 UTC

Brad Pitt invited to Ecuador to observe the 'pollution disaster” allegedly caused by Chevron

Correa asked his government to launch a worldwide Internet campaign aimed to warn the Hollywood A-list actor Brad Pitt that he is being “used” by Chevron

US cinema star Brad Pitt has been invited by the Ecuadorian government to observe the pollution in the country's Amazon region allegedly caused by Chevron. President Rafael Correa announced the invitation in his regular weekend report, saying that the oil giant is in preparation of spearheading a film with the movie star about an alleged case against the company.

Friday, May 1st 2015 - 05:45 UTC

Antarctica Blood Falls could be connected to subsurface lakes system

“I’ve been studying Blood Falls for quite some time, and it’s always been a mystery,” said lead study author Jill Mikucki of the University of Tennessee.

The McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica are some of the most extreme desert regions on the planet. But new research indicates that the region may actually be full of salty, extremely cold groundwater. The water may even connect surrounding lakes into a massive network, and it probably hosts extreme microbial life.

Friday, May 1st 2015 - 05:29 UTC

Argentina and Chile coordinate joint scientific research in South Atlantic

The event was attended by Marcelo Diaz Diaz, Chilean ambassador in Argentina and his Argentine counterpart  Gines Gonzalez Garcia.

Outstanding researchers and scientists from Argentina and Chile in the fields of marine sciences, fisheries Antarctica and technology innovation met this week in Buenos Aires for a day's work coordinating the scientific efforts of both countries.

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