Environment

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.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 19:44 UTC

Renewable energy keeps advancing despite a drop in overall investment

The falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems was partly responsible for a lesser sum of investment.

Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14% drop in investments to 214.4 billion dollars, according to a new report released on Monday and produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 07:13 UTC

Lightning storms kill more than 60 cows in southern Chile

In one incident nine cows taken cover under a tree were killed and one blinded

Ranchers in southern Chile say a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars. Torrential storms and lightning on Sunday spawned the strikes in south-central Chile.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014 - 07:46 UTC

Record breaking downpour causes flashfloods and mudslides in seven Argentine provinces

In some places rainfall registered was almost the annual average

More than 3.000 people have been forced to abandon their homes in Argentina as torrential rains and flash floods in the last 24 hours hit at least seven provinces. Classes have been suspended, as well as public transport and so have some of the main highways.

Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 03:31 UTC

IAATO moves their office to Newport, Rhode Island

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) which currently has 116 members, announced that their office has moved from Providence to Newport, Rhode Island.

Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 03:05 UTC

The most profitable gas in the world

Privatizing the pipelines system could raise 50 billion dollars.

By Robert Bensh of Oilprice.com - There is only one certainty in Ukraine: The energy sector must and will be transformed, and how long this takes will depend on who ends up in the driver's seat and how serious they are about becoming a part of Europe and reducing dependence on Russia. But by then, investors will have missed the boat.

Friday, April 4th 2014 - 07:41 UTC

White House targets methane emissions

According to the White House, 36% of methane emissions come from agriculture.

By Nicholas Cunningham of Oilprice.com - On March 28, the White House released a multi-pronged strategy to reduce methane emissions from a variety of sources, a step the administration says is an outgrowth of the President's Climate Action Plan announced last year. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Friday, April 4th 2014 - 05:01 UTC

Chile assesses extent of earthquake damage; police and military ensure order

Chilean authorities proved to be well organized to face the telluric episodes in one of the most geological vulnerable areas

Coastal residents of Chile’s far north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes as major aftershocks continued Thursday following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that damaged several thousand homes and caused six deaths. But no new major damage or casualties were reported, and a heavy police and military presence kept order.

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