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Montevideo, December 13th 2018 - 15:33 UTC

Environment

  • Thursday, November 1st 2018 - 08:28 UTC

    Middle income BOTs hit by natural disasters could have access to OECD aid

    Until now, there was no procedure for middle income countries to register for ODA if they suffered an unexpected economic decline as a result of a natural disaster

    British overseas territories hit by natural disasters could get access to foreign aid under plans agreed by the richest nations, according to a report from the BBC. Some Caribbean islands damaged last year by hurricanes did not get official development assistance because their national incomes were too high.

  • Thursday, November 1st 2018 - 08:18 UTC

    IAATO working on new online platform to promote conservation among tourists

    IAATO represents more than 100 Antarctic tour operators who are committed to minimizing the impact of travel to vulnerable Antarctica

    An organization that promotes responsible tourism in Antarctica is embarking on its own digital adventure after partnering with Leeds agency Elementary Digital. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) represents more than 100 Antarctic tour operators who are committed to minimizing the impact of travel to this remote and vulnerable region.

  • Thursday, November 1st 2018 - 06:56 UTC

    Brazilian ministers object Bolsonaro's plans to merge Agriculture and Environment

    Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the move would cause losses to Brazil's farm trade as EU countries, have pushed Brazil to protect the environment

    Brazil’s environment and agriculture ministers on Wednesday criticized President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to merge their departments, saying it would hurt the country’s agenda on both fronts. Bolsonaro has pledged to roughly halve the number of existing ministries in an effort to reduce bureaucracy and government bloat. He also vowed to merge the planning, finance and industry ministries into one super ministry.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:58 UTC

    Three seismic tremors in the Drake Passage felt in Tierra del Fuego

    Ushuaia, capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego

    Three seismic tremors were felt in Ushuaia, extreme south of Argentina, on Monday, with epicenter in the Drake Passage, according to Argentina and Chile seismology services. The incidents had no major impact in the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego or in nearby Puerto Williams in Chile.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:29 UTC

    People in UK dump some 295 billion pieces of plastic every year

    For a year Mr Webb stored all the plastic waste he threw in the bin, collecting up a total of 4,490 individual pieces of plastic

    People in the UK throw away around 295 billion pieces of plastic every year, much of which is single-use and cannot be recycled, a report suggests. Campaigner Daniel Webb has revealed the extent of the plastic waste an individual gets through in the UK, and how little of it is recycled in this country.

  • Tuesday, October 30th 2018 - 08:51 UTC

    More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day

    A new WHO report on Air pollution and child health examines the heavy toll of both ambient and household air pollution on the health of the world’s children

    Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.

  • Tuesday, October 30th 2018 - 08:48 UTC

    Andean condors found dead of agrochemichal poisoning in Patagonia

    Condors of the vultur gryphus species died of pesticide poisoning.

    Wildlife and environmental organisations Monday denounced the deaths of 23 Andean condors in Argentine Patagonia due to the use of prohibited agrochemicals. Thirteen of the birds were found in Neuquén and the other ten in Santa Cruz.

  • Wednesday, October 24th 2018 - 09:04 UTC

    CCAMLR begins annual meeting hoping to agree on MPA in East Antarctica

    The 25-member organization has been at a seven-year stalemate which has held up the designation of a marine protected area in East Antarctica

    The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, known as CCAMLR, began this week its annual meeting in Hobart, Tasmania. The 25-member organization - which was established with the objective of conserving Antarctic marine life - has been at a seven-year stalemate which has held up the designation of a marine protected area in East Antarctica.

  • Wednesday, October 24th 2018 - 08:49 UTC

    NASA pictures a rectangular iceberg floating in the Weddell Sea

    The picture was taken last week by scientists on a Nasa research plane. Such objects are not unknown, however, and even have a name - tabular icebergs

    Nasa has released a striking photo of a rectangular iceberg floating in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. The US space agency said the object's sharp angles and flat surface suggested it had recently broken away from an ice shelf. The edges are still pointed, and have not yet been worn down by the ocean waves.

  • Tuesday, October 23rd 2018 - 17:12 UTC

    Survival of Gough Island seabirds threatened by giant mice

    The Atlantic petrel is among the species under threat from the larger-than-usual mice

    The already endangered Tristan albatross and other seabird species are under threat from a particular breed of mice in Gough Island in the South Atlantic ocean, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds warned Monday.Other species endangered by the mice include the Gough bunting and Atlantic petrel, the RSPB said.