Environment

Environment
Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 01:18 UTC

Falklands confident of its oil industry safety regime and environment protection commitment

Falklands' Mineral Resources Director, Stephen Luxton, said that precisely the high standards of safety helped to identify the problem with the BOP.

The Falkland Islands maintain strong regulatory oversight on all oil and gas operations and its offshore safety regime is based on the North Sea’s Safety Case regulatory structure, recognized as one of the highest standards in the world, said the Falklands' government in a release following concerns related to technical issues on the rig Eirik Raude, currently operating in the South Atlantic.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 08:05 UTC

IAATO 2015 convention starts today in Rotterdam - Falkland Islands Tourist Board Management in Attendance

 “The networking opportunities at IAATO conference build relationships” said Mr. Tony Mason

Tony Mason, Director, International Communications and Stephanie Middleton, Interim CEO of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board are in Rotterdam, Netherlands this week attending the IAATO conference where key issues affecting the region will be discussed.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 05:04 UTC

New York dims lights in high buildings to help birds' migration

Governor Cuomo said on Monday that bright outdoor lights will be turned off between 23:00 and dawn during peak migration seasons in spring and autumn.

The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate their migratory routes in spring and autumn. Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings.

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 21:29 UTC

Giant 1.000 kilos manta ray caught by Peruvian fishermen

The Manta Birostris is unloaded with a crane at La Cruz inlet

A giant manta ray of approximately 1.000 kilos was caught by Peruvian unsuspecting fishermen operating at La Cruz inlet, north of the country close to the Ecuadorian border, according to Lima media. Erick Cruz Guerrero, 22 was the young crew member that finally captured the giant manta ray which had to be unloaded with a crane.

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 10:32 UTC

Chile could lose 8% of salmon production at hatcheries because of Calbuco eruption

In the area near the slopes of the volcano there are eleven salmon hatcheries: four of them have suffered serious damage with significant loss of fish.

Chile's Association of Salmon producers (SalmonChile) reported destruction of hatcheries and heavy losses in production in the industry which operates numerous freshwater facilities in the area directly affected by the eruption of the Calbuco volcano.

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 06:58 UTC

No end in suffering for Nepal: officially 3.220 dead and powerful aftershocks

Officials have warned that the number of casualties could rise as rescue teams reach remote mountainous areas of western Nepal.

At least 3,218 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, say officials. Rameshwor Dangal, head of Nepal's disaster management agency, said another 6,500 people had been injured. Dozens of people are also reported to have been killed in neighboring China and India.

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 06:19 UTC

Malvinas' oil rig drilling 'technical problem' triggers strong concern release from Argentina

The Argentine Foreign Ministry stressed a similar failure caused the infamous environmental catastrophe of the Mexican Gulf.

Argentina's Foreign Ministry expressed concerns on Friday over the failure in the blow-out preventer, BOP, valve of the “Isobel Deep” exploration well currently being drilled to the north of the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, as reported by Falkland Oil and Gas Limited (FOGL).

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 05:58 UTC

Volcano ashes fog Buenos Aires and blanket several Patagonian provinces

Mounds of ash block roads and cover homes and cars in Bariloche and San Martín de los Andes

The eruption of Chile’s Calbuco volcano has resulted in a cloud of ash beginning to spread on Friday into the City of Buenos Aires while the alert in southern cities of Argentina remains.

Friday, April 24th 2015 - 07:15 UTC

Chilean volcano third blast forecasted; ashes reach neighboring Argentine provinces

The 2.200 meters Calbuco last erupted in 1972 and is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile's 90 active volcanoes.

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in over 42 years on Wednesday, creating a remarkable scene of smoke plumes and ash shooting into the sky. A second eruption Wednesday night blasted red-hot rocks skyward and produced an extraordinary display of volcanic lightning. Winds are pushing the ashes north and easr to several neighboring Argentine provinces.

Thursday, April 23rd 2015 - 09:19 UTC

Sunken Russian fishing vessel found at a depth of 2,700m, off Gran Canaria

Pictures are being taken to assess the situation of the sunken vessel and to see if it has split and how many leaks there are, said Spanish minister Ana Pastor

Russian flagged fishing vessel “Oleg Naydenov” was found by a remotely operated vehicle 15 miles south of Gran Canaria, at a depth of 2,700 meters, Minister of Development Ana Pastor Julian informed. At first, it had been reported that the ship, which sank last week, could be at about 2,400 meters deep.

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