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Montevideo, September 23rd 2017 - 20:10 UTC

Environment

  • Thursday, July 13th 2017 - 08:53 UTC

    Huge iceberg breaks free from the Antarctica Larsen C ice shelf

    Larsen C is about 1100 feet thick and rests at the edge of West Antarctica, blocking the glaciers that feed into it.

    An iceberg the size of Delaware has broken free from an Antarctic ice shelf, leaving the rest of the shelf vulnerable to collapse and serving as a harbinger of future sea-level rise that could pose a serious threat to coastal communities such as the Falkland Islands.

  • Monday, July 10th 2017 - 15:13 UTC

    G20 admits “Trump factor”: climate policy disagreement and blow to multilateral cooperation

    “In the end, the negotiations on climate reflect dissent – all against the United States of America,” Merkel told reporters at the end of the meeting

    Leaders from the world's leading economies broke with U.S. President Donald Trump on climate policy at a G20 summit on Saturday, in a rare public admission of disagreement and blow to multilateral cooperation.

  • Saturday, July 8th 2017 - 07:44 UTC

    Trump and Putin hold “robust” two-and-a-quarter hours discussions and shake hands

    The US and Russian presidents held their first face-to-face talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg

    Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed on Friday the alleged Russian hacking of last year's US presidential election during their first meeting. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described the exchanges as “robust”, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Trump had accepted Putin's assertions that his country was not responsible.

  • Thursday, July 6th 2017 - 04:07 UTC

    Antarctica Larsen C ice shelf about to spawn huge berg. In pieces it could reach as far as Falklands

    While waiting for Sentinel-1 to record when this 6000 sq km iceberg is spawned, CryoSat can reveal what the berg’s measurements will be.

    Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf deep crack continues to cut across the ice, leaving a huge chunk clinging on. When it eventually gives way, one of the largest icebergs on record will be set adrift, and whole or in pieces, ocean currents could drag it north, even as far as the Falkland Islands. And if so it could pose a hazard for ships in Drake Passage.

  • Tuesday, June 20th 2017 - 21:24 UTC

    The Falklands: 35 Years of Progress opens today at the A&D Gallery

    The exhibition will run from Tuesday 20th June until Saturday 24th June at the A & D Gallery

    “The Falklands: 35 Years of Progress” is the second photographic exhibition held by the Falkland Islands Government, and is an exhibition with a difference. The photographs were crowd-sourced by the Falkland Islands Government, which ran a competition to find the very best pictures from the Islands’ many skilled photographers.

  • Tuesday, June 6th 2017 - 08:05 UTC

    UN opens conference on the health of the world's oceans and seas

    “Improving the health of our oceans is a test for multilateralism, and we cannot afford to fail,” said Guterres during his first major UN conference

    Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials urged on Monday coordinated global action to protect the planet. Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate.

  • Tuesday, June 6th 2017 - 07:12 UTC

    “Cherish the planet that protect us” urges UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

    “On World Environment Day – and every day – let us reconnect with nature. Let us cherish the planet that protects us,” underlined Mr. Guterres.

    On World Environment Day, which is observed on 5 June every year, United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres urged everyone to ''cherish the planet that protect us''. In a video message, “Connecting people to Nature”, uploaded on YouTube, Guterres said, “Without a healthy environment we can't end poverty or build prosperity. We all have a role to play in protecting our only home.”

  • Sunday, June 4th 2017 - 12:34 UTC

    South Georgia working with UN Environment program on terrestrial protected areas

    Developing a suite of Terrestrial Protected Areas was identified as a high priority in the 2016-2020 strategy and GSGSSI values working UNEP-WCMC

    The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) has embarked on an exciting new collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) to develop a series of protected areas for South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands.

  • Friday, June 2nd 2017 - 06:42 UTC

    May disappointed with Trump's decision to drop Paris climate change agreement; Europe condemns

    Downing Street said “The prime minister expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed UK remained committed to the Paris Agreement”

    PM Theresa May has told Donald Trump of her “disappointment” with his decision to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. In a phone call with the US president, Mrs. May said the UK remained committed to the deal, according to a Downing Street statement. But Mrs. May has been criticized for not signing a joint condemnation from France, Germany, and Italy. Mr. Trump said he would try to negotiate a new, “fairer” climate deal.

  • Thursday, June 1st 2017 - 20:57 UTC

    Antarctica largest iceberg ever, ready to break off from the Larsen C ice shelf

    The crack now has just 8 miles to go before an iceberg roughly the size of the state of Delaware breaks free into the Southern Ocean.

    The long-growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf, one of Antarctica’s largest floating platforms of ice, appears to be reaching its inevitable end. Scientists with Project MIDAS, working out of Swansea University and Aberystwyth University in Wales and studying the shelf by satellites and through other techniques, have released a new update showing that the crack grew a stunning 11 miles in the space of just one week between May 25 and May 31.