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Thursday, December 26th 2013 - 08:43 UTC

Virus kills over 1.000 migratory bottleneck dolphins in US eastern seaboard

Scientists are trying to determine why the morbilli-virus resurged this year

More than 1,000 migratory bottlenose dolphins have died from a measles-like virus along the US Eastern Seaboard in 2013 and the epidemic shows no sign of abating, a marine biologist said. The death toll exceeds the 740 dolphins killed during the last big outbreak of the then-unknown virus in 1987-88.

Thursday, December 26th 2013 - 07:31 UTC

Gazprom confirms in has started production at Prirazlomnoye field on the Arctic shelf

First oil shipment from Prirazlomnoye is expected in the first quarter of 2014, and is planned to produce no less than 300.000 tons of oil throughout the year

Gazprom has started producing oil from the Prirazlomnoye field, which is the first Russian project for developing the Arctic shelf and the commencement of their large-scale activities aimed at creating a large hydrocarbon production center in the region, according to the company.

Wednesday, December 25th 2013 - 22:03 UTC

Three icebreakers to the rescue of Antarctica trapped Russia's 'Akademic Shokalskiy'

The Russian vessel trapped by ice every summer travels to Antarctica

Seventy four people spent Christmas aboard a cruise ship that has become stuck in the ice in a remote region off the coast of Antarctica and rescue vessels are at least two days away, according to Australian maritime officials. Three icebreakers are sailing to the rescue.

Friday, December 20th 2013 - 06:20 UTC

November, warmest month since modern temperature record keeping began in 1880

Higher-than-average monthly temperatures were reported on nearly every continent around the world

Last month was the warmest November since modern temperature record keeping began in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in its latest State of the Climate Report, which summarizes climate-related news from around the world.

Wednesday, December 18th 2013 - 07:15 UTC

Heat wave in Argentina collapses power grid: thousands with no energy or water

People out in the streets banging pots to protest (Photo: DYN)

People out in the streets banging pots and pans, or protesting burning tires and garbage containers in powerless neighborhoods, while an estimated 30.000 businesses in Buenos Aires City and metropolitan area are organizing demanding compensation for losses suffered because of the collapse of the power distribution system overwhelmed by an extraordinary heat wave with temperatures in the high thirties and low forties.

Wednesday, December 18th 2013 - 07:05 UTC

Kimberlite rocks found in Antarctica could mean the territory is rich in diamonds

Even if found they can't be exploited because of Antarctic treaties specifically banning mining

The prospect that Antarctica could be rich in diamonds was published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, following the discovery by a team of a telltale rock called kimberlite in the Prince Charles Mountains in East Antarctica.

Tuesday, December 17th 2013 - 17:51 UTC

West Antarctic ice sheet loss, one of the multi-year projects to be started this year by BAS

British Antarctic Territory Commissioner Peter Hayes has sent his well wishes to UK base commanders

With the Antarctic Summer well underway, British Antarctic Territory Commissioner Peter Hayes has sent his well wishes to British Antarctic Survey staff (BAS) working on the continent over the coming months. In a recent letter to UK Base commanders Dr Hayes commented:

Saturday, December 14th 2013 - 07:03 UTC

Falkland Islands progress in renewable energy surprises Chilean experts.

At Power Station control panel for the wind turbines, H.Vidal, Glenn S. Ross, Versalovic, and R.Burgos

Three experts in the use of renewable energy who were visiting the Falkland Islands this week as the guests of the Falkland Islands Government declared themselves surprised by extent of the efforts made in the Islands to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Saturday, December 14th 2013 - 05:56 UTC

Prince Harry and team of 'Walking with the wounded' reach South Pole

“A half-day on Friday and we get to the South Pole on Friday 13th, unlucky for some, lucky for us” anticipated the prince (Pic. Getty Imagine)

Prince Harry and his fellow adventurers in the Walking With The Wounded expedition have arrived at the South Pole, the organizers have said. The group stood at the bottom of the world at 12:00 GMT Friday after more than three weeks of pulling sleds.

Friday, December 13th 2013 - 09:11 UTC

Ice loss pushing Antarctica side-wards half an inch per year, according to GPS recordings

Researchers said they always anticipated Antarctica would be different but they never expected this difference to be so huge

Heavy ice loss in West Antarctica has weakened it mantle underneath, allowing the stronger East Antarctica mantle to push it around, according to Ohio State University researchers. The discovery was made after recording GPS measurements, which clearly showed that the West Antarctic bedrock is being pushed at an alarming rate of half an inch per year.

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