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Thursday, January 16th 2014 - 09:04 UTC

Open pit mining project in Uruguay questioned in Parliament and by environmentalists

Senator Abreu, the environment impact study come before signing the contract, and where are the 140m dollars guarantee?

A major open pit mining project in Uruguay to extract and export magnetite (a kind of iron ore) and which the government of President Jose Mujica plans to instrument this month has been exposed to a battery of criticism because the administration refuses to show the terms of the contract and farm groups argue there is no final environment impact assessment study.

Wednesday, January 15th 2014 - 07:11 UTC

New EPA rule requires chemical disclosure for offshore fracking

Governor Jerry Brown does not support a ban on fracking and insists the new law is rigorous.

By. Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a rule on January 9, 2014 requiring oil and gas companies using hydraulic fracturing off the coast of California to disclose the chemicals they discharge into the ocean. Oil and gas companies have been fracking offshore California for perhaps as long as two decades, but they largely flew under the radar until recently.

Tuesday, January 14th 2014 - 13:12 UTC

South Georgia grey-headed albatross added to the 'endangered species' list

Encouraging and bad news for albatrosses: while the black-browed has been down-listed from 'near threatened' the grey-headed albatross is in rapid decline and considered “endangered” mainly because of fishing activities, reports the latest edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Tuesday, January 14th 2014 - 07:46 UTC

A 25-ton dead sperm whale finally removed from a Montevideo beach

Hanging from a crane ready to be lifted to a waiting truck

The remains of a sperm whale that washed ashore in one of Montevideo's beaches were finally hauled in a truck for burial in a municipal dump where a huge hole was drilled for the 16 meters long cetacean.

Monday, January 13th 2014 - 07:35 UTC

A frustrated Mujica calls for a readjustment of Mercosur legal framework

The Uruguayan president is hopeful he can hold a private talk on bilateral issues with his peer Cristina Fernandez

Uruguayan president José Mujica said that members of Mercosur must readjust the block's legal framework ‘to make it work’ so that differences among its partners can be resolved in an institutional framework. He insisted on a review and amendment of mechanisms with greater flexibility and more adapted to current circumstances.

Monday, January 13th 2014 - 06:30 UTC

Busy November in South Georgia with 11 cruises, yachts and HMS Protector

               Crew from HMS Protector carried out the request to return two old whaling harpoon heads which were given to the South Georgia Museum (PIC South Georgia Newsletter)

November was a busy month for cruise vessels: eleven cruise ships visited South Georgia between the 9th and 29th, according to the South Georgia Newsletter. One cruise ship, Ortelius, reached the rarely visited South Sandwich Islands and was able to put scientist Tom Hart ashore on Saunders Island where he took soil samples and set up two camera-traps to monitor the penguin colonies.

Saturday, January 11th 2014 - 07:48 UTC

Russian vessel incident triggers debate on Antarctica growing tourist industry

French Polar Institute director Yves Frenot was furious with incident that distracted several icebreakers from their normal duties

The challenging rescue operation launched after a Russian ship became trapped in Antarctic pack ice in December shows the inherent risks facing the frozen continent's burgeoning tourist industry, experts say. Antarctica represents one of the last frontiers for adventurous travelers, an icy wonderland of glaciers, emperor penguins and seemingly endless white expanses.

Friday, January 10th 2014 - 06:27 UTC

Construction of Monsanto plant in north Argentina halted on environmental grounds

Activists had been blockading the construction site for 113 days, preventing workers from completing work on the plant

A labor appeals court in north-central Argentina ruled that the construction of a Monsanto plant is unconstitutional, halting work on the site. The three judge court ruled 2-1 in favor of the activists who filed a legal appeal against Monsanto’s GMO seed plant on environmental protection grounds in the municipality of Malvinas Argentinas, located in central Cordoba Province.

Friday, January 10th 2014 - 06:11 UTC

Europe short of bees to pollinate crops, warns report from Reading university

Europe as a whole has two-thirds of the honeybees it needs for pollination, according to the report from Dr. Breeze

Europe needs an extra seven billion bees to pollinate its crops, with Britain in the poor position of having less than a quarter of the honeybees it requires. The demand for insect pollination across Europe is outpacing the growth of honeybee colonies as farmers grow more oil-bearing crops like oilseed rape and sunflowers, and also fruit.

Wednesday, January 8th 2014 - 05:25 UTC

Russian and Chinese vessels break loose from Antarctic ice

MV Akademik Shokalskiy caught in Commonwealth Bay on Christmas Day had to also spend New Year surrounded by ice

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) confirmed Wednesday that the entrapped Antarctic ships, the Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long (Snow Dragon), have broken free from the ice in Antarctica and are no longer in need of assistance.

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