Environment

Environment
Monday, October 5th 2015 - 23:20 UTC

Agricultural expansion main factor of Brazil's deforestation and it's expanding

 The study by IBGE, says the destruction of Amazon jungles and the savannahs of central Brazil went faster between 2010/12 that in the previous 10 years.

Agricultural expansion is the chief contributing factor to the deforestation of Brazilian ecosystems and has accelerated in recent years, according to an official study released last week.

Friday, October 2nd 2015 - 06:19 UTC

Cold 'blob' in part of North Atlantic Ocean puzzles scientists

Located close to Greenland, the Atlantic “blob” started appearing on maps and data software across the world a couple of years ago.

Over the past few months, scientists have been trying to explain an area of very cold temperatures in a part of the North Atlantic Ocean. In fact, when the rest of the world was recording above average highs in temperature, making the year the hottest to-date, this part of the Atlantic was cold. The area is being called the Atlantic “blob.”

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 07:32 UTC

New Zealand announces huge marine reserve; fishing and mining industries 'surprised'

PM Key made the announcement at the UN: fishing and mining banned in “one of the most geographically and geologically diverse areas in the world.”

New Zealand has revealed plans to turn an area of the South Pacific about the size of France into a marine reserve. The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary lies north of the mainland and includes a chain of islands and underwater volcanoes.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 07:25 UTC

Blue whales reported to be back in Barents Sea after a century

Norwegian scientists say that in these waters blue whales have not seen for about 100 years.

Blue whales are returning to the Barents Sea in the area of Svalbard, according to employees of Holland's Institute of Sea Research. The 17 species spotted means the mammals are returning to the region after a century of absence.

Monday, September 28th 2015 - 10:57 UTC

Shell stops Arctic oil exploration following 'disappointing' results

Shell said it did not find sufficient amounts of oil and gas in the Burger J well to warrant further exploration.

Royal Dutch Shell has stopped Arctic oil and gas exploration off the coast of Alaska after “disappointing” results from a key well in the Chukchi Sea. In a surprise announcement, the company said it would end exploration off Alaska “for the foreseeable future”.

Monday, September 28th 2015 - 10:45 UTC

Record soy and corn crops forecasted in South America because of stronger dollar and El Niño

Soybean crop could be much bigger than the 171 million tons of last year under challenging conditions, topping the previous record by 17 million tons. 


A combination of weather, currency and political factors should result in another huge South American crop of corn and soybeans, further depressing grain and oilseed prices, says an analyst, according to a report from Canada's The Western Producer.


Monday, September 28th 2015 - 10:21 UTC

Brazil supports Paris conference and pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions 37% by 2025

Brazil’s “energy mix is among the cleanest in the world” said Rousseff claiming  the country has “reduced deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by 82%”.

President Dilma Rousseff pledged on Sunday to slash Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions by 37%, during her speech to the UN General Assembly. Outlining her vision for a global climate change agreement on Sunday, Rousseff stressed on the importance of a “common response”.

Saturday, September 26th 2015 - 08:35 UTC

“The human element in shipping” was underlined by UN on World Maritime Day

“A safe, secure and clean shipping industry can only be built on effective standards of education and training”, said Bank Ki-moon in his message

School children from local and international schools based in London attended an informative session at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters as part of the celebrations of World Maritime Day, under the theme “Maritime education and training.”

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 08:56 UTC

Ex VW CEO Winterkorn stands to take home a $32 million pension

The ousted CEO may also be eligible for two years’ worth of remuneration, if VW determines he was terminated for no fault of his own.

Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen who resigned on Wednesday amid allegations that the company cheated emissions testing for 11 million diesel-powered cars, stands to take home a $32 million pension.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:41 UTC

Brazil and UK joint research of critical elements in the deep northeast Atlantic

“A research expedition is planned for next year to the northeast Atlantic to discover what controls the richness of these deep-sea deposits,” Dr. Murton said.

Scientists from the U.K. and Brazil will work together to study the formation of ocean minerals essential for new technology, particularly environmental technology such as photovoltaic cells.

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