Environment

Environment
Wednesday, April 30th 2014 - 03:22 UTC

Argentina's “Blue Pampa” project to research and develop South Atlantic resources

South Georgia waters is one of the targets as well as Antarctic waters

The recently launched “Blue Pampa” project is a ten-year 'strategic initiative' with the purpose of researching South Atlantic resources in five different areas to ensure conservation and management, plus reinforce Argentine sovereignty with inter-disciplinary campaigns and inter-ministerial support, according to Argentina's Science, Technology and Productive Innovation ministry.

Monday, April 28th 2014 - 23:29 UTC

IAATO estimates 36.545 tourists will travel to Antarctica next season 2014/15

Marlynda Elstgeest, Chair of the IAATO Executive Committee

New figures released on Monday by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), estimate that 36,545 tourists will travel with IAATO members to Antarctica next season, 2014-2015. The information was reported at the first day of the 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in Brasilia, which IAATO attend as Invited Experts.

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 23:19 UTC

NASA and BAS tracking major Antarctic iceberg, B31, now in open waters

BAS marked the iceberg with a total of 37 GPS tracking devices earlier during the year (Pic NASA)

NASA has lately spotted a gigantic iceberg in Antarctica, identified as B31 and together with UK's BAS (British Antarctic Survey), is busy tracking the monster island of ice, which has now escaped into open waters. Despite its sheer size and mass, --experts estimate that the giant iceberg is approximately 600 square kilometres in size--, monitoring is not going to be an easy task with the coming of the Antarctic winter and ensuing darkness.

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 21:24 UTC

UK £200 million new polar research vessel will ensure presence in Antarctica and he South Atlantic

The design of the state of the art research vessel

The British government will fund a new £200 million polar research ship to put UK scientists at the forefront of climate and ocean research in both Antarctica and the Arctic, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced on Friday in a speech.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 11:40 UTC

Falklands sea lion population recovering, but still a fraction of the 1930s estimate

The number of pups represents an increase of 60% over the last count in 2003

In the 1930s the Falkland Islands were reputed to hold the largest population of Southern sea lions, with a staggering 80,000 pups estimated to be born each year. However, a census in the 1960s and again in the 1990s revealed the population had declined by more than 90%.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:18 UTC

On Mother Earth Day, Ban Ki-moon calls for 'global transformation of attitude and practice'

Action on climate change presents multiple opportunities to “reset our relationship” with Mother Earth

On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the planet.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:06 UTC

Cruise Lines association highlights efforts to promote environmental performance

Many lines are using ecological, non-toxic, slick hull coatings that increase energy efficiency and reduce air emissions.

In commemoration of Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) highlighted on Tuesday the extensive efforts of the cruise industry and CLIA member lines to preserve and protect the environment.

Monday, April 21st 2014 - 07:47 UTC

Peruvian fish meal and fish oil companies losing money, claims the industry

SNP president Elena Conterno blames fishing quotas and new regulations

Out of a total of 12 Peruvian companies in the fishmeal and fish oil industry, only two recorded profits during 2013, while the other ten accumulated a loss equivalent to 87.4 million dollars, according to the country's National Society of Fisheries, SNP.

Monday, April 21st 2014 - 07:13 UTC

Argentine experiment to catch livestock's flatulence and convert it into energy

Each cow can produce 300 liters of methane gas a day

Argentina's National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) has invented a way to convert cow flatulence into usable energy, and it involves putting a plastic backpack on a cow. Livestock are responsible for a remarkable amount of global methane emissions, which are a major cause of global warming.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 08:38 UTC

Water rationing round the corner for the metropolis of Sao Paulo, admits major utility

The Cantareira reservoir is at just 12.7% of its capacity, with no rain in sight and 20 million thirsty

The metropolis of Sao Paulo may have to ration water this year if reservoir levels are not replenished, Brazil's largest water and sewage utility said, an increasing possibility as the southeast region heads into its dry season.

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