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Montevideo, August 14th 2018 - 14:00 UTC

Environment

  • Thursday, May 31st 2018 - 08:20 UTC

    Japanese whale hunt slaughters 122 pregnant minke whales

    The latest figures show that of 333 minke Antarctic whales killed last summer, 181 were females. Some 122 females, or 67%, were pregnant.

    More than 120 pregnant whales were slaughtered in the latest Japanese whale hunt in Antarctica's Southern Ocean, new documents show, reigniting calls to step up efforts to stop the annual killing spree. A further 114 immature whales were killed as part of the so-called “scientific” whaling program, according to meeting papers from the International Whaling Commission's scientific committee meeting this month.

  • Thursday, May 31st 2018 - 07:20 UTC

    Total denied environmental license to drill at the Amazon basin

    Ibama said when denying the application for a third time in August that it would give Total one last chance to clarify the application before suspending the process.

    Brazilian environmental agency Ibama this week rejected French oil company Total SA’s application for an environmental license to drill in the ecologically sensitive Foz do Amazonas basin. It is the fourth time that Ibama has rejected the application and requested additional information.

  • Wednesday, May 30th 2018 - 09:37 UTC

    State of the Nation: “incredibly exciting time for the Falkland Islands and its people”

    Governor Phillips CBE: in the next 12 months, the Government will lead a conversation about the future of the Falklands. (Pic credit:Falkland Islands Television (FITV)  website fitv.co.fk

    On Tuesday May 29, Governor Nigel Phillips CBE addressed the elected Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands with a message on the State of the Nation.

  • Wednesday, May 30th 2018 - 08:35 UTC

    Shipping emissions the greatest challenge to oil price hikes

    On January 1, 2020, the IMO will enforce new emissions standards designed to significantly curb pollution produced by the world's ships.

    The most prominent driver of oil prices over the next two years is not likely to come from OPEC, Iran or Venezuela, but rather in the shape of a shipping revolution, analysts have warned. New rules coming into force in approximately 18 months' time are seen as a source of great concern for some of the world's biggest oil producers.

  • Tuesday, May 29th 2018 - 09:14 UTC

    Smog emergency in Santiago de Chile for the fifth day running

    Besides, home wood stoves and burning farm fields is also banned, and there is a strong recommendation to avoid sports activities in the open, particularly in schools.

    Santiago de Chile is under a smog emergency for the fifth day running because of the poor quality of air, as reported by the local authorities of the Chilean capital. For this reason 40% of vehicles without catalytic convertors, and with plate numbers ending in 0,1,2 or 3 are banned from circulating in the city. Likewise motorcycles manufactured before 2002 and with plate numbers ending in 0 and 1.

  • Monday, May 28th 2018 - 07:51 UTC

    BOTs meeting on environment issues at 10 Downing Street

    Representatives from the different BOTs at 10 Downing Street. Falklands were represented by Ms Sukey Cameron MBE

    Representatives from British Overseas Territories held a meeting at 10 Downing Street hosted by Sir John Randall, the Special Advisor on Environment to the Prime Minister. The issues discussed included Brexit, international platforms, renewable energy, climate change, HMG’s Oceans and marine protected areas agenda.

  • Friday, May 25th 2018 - 07:47 UTC

    Falkland Islands fisheries review recommends ITQs for Illex squid

    The report recommends the Illex fishery be brought into the ITQ system, with 60 to 75% of ITQ assigned on historical catches and the remainder up for tender.

    Moving the Illex fishery into the ITQ system and improved catch verification requirements are among the recommendations made by an independent review of the Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) system published by the Falkland Islands government, FIG, this week.

  • Friday, May 18th 2018 - 08:19 UTC

    Europe's top court rules in favor of bees banning three insecticides

    In April EU governments agreed to ban all use of three neo-nicotinoids outdoors. Seeds treated with them can still be used in greenhouses.

    The EU's top court has backed an almost complete EU-wide ban on the use of three insecticides, which studies have linked to declining bee populations. Chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta had gone to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) hoping to get the restrictions on neo-nicotinoids overturned.

  • Thursday, May 17th 2018 - 08:31 UTC

    Someone is cheating with ozone warn scientists: rate of decline has fallen drastically

    The ozone layer in the stratosphere, 10-to-40 kilometers above Earth's surface, protects life on the planet from deadly ultraviolet radiation.

    The decline in the atmosphere of an ozone-depleting chemical banned by the Montreal Protocol has recently slowed by half, suggesting a serious violation of the 196-nation treaty, researchers revealed Wednesday.

  • Wednesday, May 16th 2018 - 19:20 UTC

    Falklands describes as 'positive', the outcome of fishery talks held in Argentina

    The renewed scientific cooperation between Falkland Islands/UK and Argentina should, in time, provide for better conservation of such resources, John Barton said

    The Falkland Islands has been positive about the outcome of the first round of fishery talks (May 14/15) referred to the South Atlantic, between Argentina and the United Kingdom. The talks in Buenos Aires, with Falklands representatives included in the UK delegation, emphasized on the exchange of scientific information and conservation of shared fishery resources in the South West Atlantic.