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Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 08:36 UTC

Falklands resident and South Georgia Marine Officer awarded Polar Medals

Mrs. Poncet has been involved with South Georgia for more than 35 years. She first visited SG with Jerome Poncet on Damien II in 1977

Environmentalist, renowned sailor and Falklands resident Sally Poncet has joined an elite group of only eight women to have been awarded the prestigious Polar Medal this year. South Georgia Marine Officer Patrick Lurcock has also received the honor.

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 08:10 UTC

Last year was the hottest on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880

“Climate change is perhaps the major challenge of our generation,” said Michael H. Freilich, director of Earth sciences at NASA

Last year was the hottest on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring warnings about the risks of runaway greenhouse gas emissions and undermining claims by climate change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped.

Thursday, January 8th 2015 - 01:00 UTC

First wind-powered vessel expected in Montevideo with turbines for eolian farm

E-ship 1 belongs to a German company and has been sailing since 2010. The vertical cylinders are the main propulsion

The first wind propelled vessel in the world is expected to dock in Montevideo on Thursday loaded with turbines, columns and rotor blades for a wind farm which is being built in the north of Uruguay.

Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:29 UTC

IAATO Environmental Manager is former BAS official and 2013 Queen's Polar Medal

“Tudor brings with him a wealth of polar experience, with varying perspectives on the tourism industry”, said IAATO Executive Director, Dr Kim Crosbie

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced the appointment of Tudor Morgan to the full-time position of Environmental Manager. Tudor’s overall role is to support safe and environmentally responsible tourism to Antarctica, with a particular focus on field operations.

Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:20 UTC

Colombia launches first Antarctic research expedition with Chilean training

ARC 20 de Julio which carries a helicopter will spend three months in Antarctica on scientific research tasks

Colombia's first Antarctica expedition is expected to call in Punta Arenas on Wednesday before crossing to the peninsula to begin a three-month scientific hydrographic and climate research with twenty researchers on board committed to ten projects.

Sunday, January 4th 2015 - 06:34 UTC

Prolonged extreme droughts could help to explain collapse of Mayan civilization

A team headed by Rice University professor Andre Droxler analyzed sediment found in the Blue Hole, a 410-foot-deep sinkhole in Belize’s Lighthouse Reef.

The mysterious collapse of the ancient Mayan civilization has been attributed to a variety of factors, most notably overhunting, deforestation, and a catastrophic peasant uprising. However the theory of prolonged extreme drought has been gaining ground among the scientific community in recent years regarding the Mayan demise.

Saturday, December 27th 2014 - 00:28 UTC

Heavy rains cause flooding in Montevideo

The city of Montevideo, literally under water on Friday

Worst storm in 50 years. Emergency Committee receivs over 100 calls for help. Bad weather expected to continue.

Friday, December 26th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

Nicaragua: civic organisations want protesters freed, 'Chinese invaders' out

Popular unrest over the Nicaragua Canal

Expropriation law upsets peasants, environmentalists. 30 arrested nationwide. President Daniel Ortega dubbed a 'traitor'.

Monday, December 22nd 2014 - 22:28 UTC

Travellers advised to check before flying a drone in Antarctica

Flying drones in Antarctica raises evironmental concern

IAATO warns security measures essential for this relatively new activity. Tour operators may have to ban the use of unmanned vehicles out of environmental concerns

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 12:59 UTC

Uruguay receives IDB credit to boost investment in renewable energies

A common sight in top hills of Uruguay, a display of wind turbines

As part of Uruguay long term plan to promote investment in infrastructure and finance investment in electric power plants using renewable energy resources, essentially wind and solar so as to diversify the country energy mix and cut CO2 emissions, the country will be receiving a 250 million dollar credit line from the Inter American Development Bank, IDB.

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