Environment

Environment
Saturday, March 1st 2014 - 02:27 UTC

“We Are Falklands” Photo Competition

Falklands' pristine landscape

The Falkland Islands Government PR & Media Office is running a photo competition to source quality images of 'our beautiful home'. The winning photos will be printed and displayed at a central London gallery later this year to promote the stunning views, wildlife, history and community that make the Falkland Islands a truly unique place.

Friday, February 28th 2014 - 03:05 UTC

Ocean Summit takes off with US proposal for a watchdog

The Economist and National Geography are hosting the meeting in San Francisco

The proposal to create an international body within the UN governing the seas was the focus this week at the beginning of the Ocean Summit. In this international meeting, world leaders emphasized its fast degradation and increasing pressure to further exploit its resources.

Friday, February 21st 2014 - 07:56 UTC

South Georgia research vessels' season: three were active in January plus HMS Protector

Divers deployed to check the landing beach at Southern Thule island

Several research vessels coincided in South Georgia Island during the month of January plus HMS Protector involved in extensive surveying of South Sandwich Island for the UK Hydrographic Office, reports the latest edition of the South Georgia newsletter.

Friday, February 21st 2014 - 07:49 UTC

Successful second phase removal of reindeer in South Georgia

Reindeer were introduced in the island by whalers in the early 1900s

The second phase of the government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) project to remove introduced reindeer from South Georgia got underway in early January, reports the latest edition of the South Georgia newsletter.

Wednesday, February 19th 2014 - 05:04 UTC

Small meteorite bang spreads fear of mini earth tremor in central Argentina

The area in central Santa Fe province where the incident occurred Tuesday morning

Argentine space expert Jorge Coghlan said that the huge bang heard on Tuesday and that scared many people in central Santa Fe province was caused by a “meteorite which disintegrated on entering the atmosphere and thus caused a major vibration”. The incident was reported early mid morning.

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.

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