Environment

Environment
Thursday, January 28th 2016 - 06:28 UTC

Guanabara Bay pollution at the heart of Olympics sailing competition controversy

Andy Hunt took over just two weeks ago as the new CEO, and sailing is still scheduled to begin in August in the sewage-filled Guanabara bay.

The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Peter Sowrey tried to change the venue, or at least have a “B plan” but says “I was told to gag myself on the subject.”

Tuesday, January 26th 2016 - 12:22 UTC

Dire state of fisheries and worsening air pollution, revealed by Environmental performance index

The 2016 Index of Environmental Performance. (Image: Yale University)

The worrying state of many fisheries and worsening air pollution are some of the problems revealed by the 2016 Index of Environmental Performance (EPI), an initiative that assesses how 180 countries protect ecosystems and human health of environmental damage.

Monday, January 25th 2016 - 20:12 UTC

Four dead sperm whales wash on to the beaches of eastern England

They are thought to be from the same pod as a dead whale on Hunstanton beach, 25 kilometres across The Wash bay, which stranded and died on Friday.

Four dead sperm whales have washed up on beaches in eastern England, coastguard authorities said Sunday, a week after similar deaths across the North Sea in Germany and the Netherlands. Two whales washed up near the resort of Skegness on the English east coast on Saturday, said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). They laid side by side on the beach. A third dead whale appeared on Sunday.

Monday, January 25th 2016 - 08:54 UTC

“Snowzilla” froze the East Coast of the US and left at least 29 dead

Public transport remains disrupted. Many flights have been cancelled. Government buildings in Washington and many schools will be closed on Monday.

Millions of people across the eastern US are clearing up after the weekend's massive snowstorm that virtually paralysed the region. They have been digging out their cars and clearing pathways of snow which reached 91cm in five states.

Monday, January 25th 2016 - 08:41 UTC

Tompkins widow plans to hand over thousands of acres to create national parks in Patagonia

McDivitt Tompkins met with Chile's Bachelet to discuss the proposed handover of pristine properties to create a string of national parks in Patagonia.

The widow of American conservationist Doug Tompkins, who died last month while kayaking in South America's Patagonia region, says she'll build on her husband's legacy of protecting threatened ecosystems in Argentina and Chile.

Monday, January 25th 2016 - 08:24 UTC

Storm Jonas heading for UK across the Atlantic, with forecasts of torrential rain

The UK Met Office has issued a severe weather warning covering most of Wales, north-west England and west Scotland.

The storm that battered America is on its way to Britain, forecasters have warned. But instead of dumping loads of snow, it’s going to bring severe rainfall across large parts of the country. It is expected that the ‘remnants’ of Storm Jonas will hit the UK on Tuesday, with torrential rain and heavy winds on their way.

Thursday, January 21st 2016 - 07:59 UTC

Last year was the hottest in modern times since 1880, shattering 2014 record

Compared to 2014, last year was 0.29 Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius) warmer, the “largest margin by which the annual global temperature record has been broken.”

2015 was by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change. Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880, it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Friday, January 15th 2016 - 12:31 UTC

Toxic gas cloud in Brazil's main and busiest port area sends tens to hospital

Guaruja Mayor Maria de Antonieta de Brito asked people to stay home because the gas causes skin irritation, burning sensation, fainting spells and breathing problems.

Toxic gas which on Thursday leaked from tanks in a cargo warehouse in the Brazilian coastal city of Guaruja, close to Santos the country's largest and busiest port, has sent some 40 people to hospitals.

Friday, January 15th 2016 - 08:45 UTC

UK ambassador participates in academic forum on climate change in Chile

UK and US ambassadors Fiona Clouder and Michael Hammer, with Dieter Linneberg, Executive Director of Chile's Corporate Leaders Group on climate change

British Ambassador Fiona Clouder and United States Ambassador Michael Hammer participated in the event “Sustainable Investment” last week organized by the Corporate Leaders Group on climate change (CLG Chile) in conjunction with the Faculty of Business and Economics from the University of Chile and the Harvard Law School.

Friday, January 15th 2016 - 08:06 UTC

Strong hints of a vast canyon system hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

If confirmed by a proper geophysical survey - now under way - the winding canyon network would be over 1,000km long and in places as much as 1km deep.

A vast, previously unrecognized canyon system could be hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet. Hints of its presence are seen in the shape of the white continent's surface, in a largely unexplored region called Princess Elizabeth Land. If confirmed by a proper geophysical survey - now under way - the winding canyon network would be over 1,000km long and in places as much as 1km deep.

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