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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.

Thursday, April 23rd 2015 - 09:07 UTC

NOAA Fisheries names three Latam countries in illegal fishing activities

Despite advances, because of the by-catch of endangered sea turtles, certification of Mexico has been delayed until May 2015, says the report

United States NOAA Fisheries (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has released its 2015 Biennial Report to Congress highlighting U.S. findings and analyses of foreign illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities and of by-catch of protected species and shark catch on the high seas for foreign fleets.

Thursday, April 23rd 2015 - 05:06 UTC

South Chile volcano erupts: evacuation, flights cancelled, army moves in

Airlines cancelled flights as a towering, mushroom-shaped ash cloud rose from Calbuco's snowy peak. Schools also suspended classes for the region.

Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday for the first time in nearly half a century, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky and prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency. Officials ordered an evacuation for a 20-kilometer radius around the volcano and the Interior ministry rushed in the army to temporarily take control of the province of Llanquihue and the town of Puerto Octay.

Thursday, April 23rd 2015 - 02:09 UTC

Record high temperatures over land and sea in March, says NOAA and NASA

March average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 0.85°C above the 20th century average, the highest for March in the 1880–2015 record

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for March 2015 was the highest for the month since record keeping began in 1880. The year-to-date (January–March) globally averaged temperature was also record high, reports the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, together with data from NASA.

Thursday, April 23rd 2015 - 02:00 UTC

“We have yet to change our ways” says Ban Ki-moon UN on Mother Earth Day

Mother Earth Day, marked on 22 April, Ban called Earth humanity’s “ultimate mother, an astounding planet that has, since time immemorial, supported life in myriad forms.”

Humanity is well aware of the devastating damage and pollution it have wrought on planet Earth, and “even with this knowledge, we have yet to change our ways,” United Nations Secretary-General said on Wednesday, urging people to reset their relationship with nature and every living being it sustains.

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