Environment

Environment
Thursday, April 9th 2015 - 01:35 UTC

Brazil inflation soars as electricity rates go up 22% in March and 60.42% in the last 12 months

Housing costs rose 5.29% in March from February alone, pushed up by a 22% increase in electricity rates because of a severe drought affecting hydroelectric production

Consumer prices in Brazil picked up in March, putting the 12-month rate at the highest level in more than eleven years, highlighting one of the main challenges facing Latin America's largest economy in the year ahead. The rolling 12-month IPCA was up 8.13% through March, up from 7.70% in February, remaining well above the central bank's 6.5% ceiling. In the first quarter of the year, prices have risen 3.83%, while the 12-month figure marked the highest level since December 2003, when it reached 9.30%.

Monday, April 6th 2015 - 17:15 UTC

Santos port four-day fire raging; efforts concentrated in stopping flames from spreading

Firefighters said there was little they could do to extinguish the flames before most of the fuel was consumed.

A fire at a fuel storage facility near Brazil's largest port Santos entered its fourth day on Sunday as 110 firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading further, the local fire department said.

Monday, April 6th 2015 - 16:43 UTC

Mexican oil production drops following deadly fire on offshore rig

 Production fell from 650,000 barrels per day to 430,000 in the Campeche Sound region of the Gulf of Mexico after Wednesday's blast and blaze (Pic AFP)

Mexico's oil production dropped following a deadly fire at an offshore platform, while authorities are still searching for three missing workers, state-run energy firm Pemex said.

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 07:56 UTC

Multi-year drought forces California to impose mandatory water restrictions

 “We're standing on dry ground and we should be standing on 1.5 meters of snow” Brown said at a state snow monitoring station in the Sierra Nevada

California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions this week, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25%.

Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 11:52 UTC

Antarctica floating ice shelves thinning at an unexpected accelerated rate

Scientists have their best view yet of the status of Antarctica's floating ice shelves and they find them to be thinning at an accelerating rate. Fernando Paolo and colleagues used 18 years of data from European radar satellites to compile their assessment.

Thursday, March 26th 2015 - 09:46 UTC

North Chile heavy rain and flash flooding forces suspension of world's largest copper mines

Television images and photos on Twitter showed muddy rivers rushing through city streets, bridges wiped out, and buildings including a hospital flooded.

Heavy rains in Chile's northern desert regions have caused mudslides and rivers to breach their banks, leaving residents stranded and forcing top copper miner Codelco to suspend mining operations.

Monday, March 23rd 2015 - 19:55 UTC

UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all

Ban Ki-moon warned that access to safe drinking water and sanitation was among “the most urgent issues” affecting populations across the globe.

As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared on Sunday.

Thursday, March 19th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Conservationists praise UK for creating largest marine reserve around Pitcairn islands

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Osborne, announced in the Budget that the government intends to proceed with designation of a MPA around Pitcairn”.

Leading conservation groups, scientists and residents of Pitcairn Island congratulated the UK Government on its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Pacific.

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 13:17 UTC

First call for proposals from Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund

The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund aims to improve the science-based understanding of the role of krill in the Antarctic ecosystem and the scientific basis for krill fishery management.

The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) issued this week its first call for proposals, inviting applications from scientific researchers who can aid in determining the impact of the krill fishing industry on the Antarctic marine ecosystem. Such research will serve to ensure ecosystem protection, while improving the management basis for the fishery.

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 01:52 UTC

Hundreds of sea lion pups stranded in California as nursing mothers can’t find sufficient food

Scientists believe sea lions are suffering from a scarcity of natural prey which forces nursing mothers to venture farther out to sea, leaving their young behind for longer periods.

Animal rescue centers in California are being inundated with stranded, starving sea lion pups, raising the possibility that the facilities could soon be overwhelmed, the federal agency coordinating the rescue said.

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