Environment

Environment
Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:29 UTC

IAATO Environmental Manager is former BAS official and 2013 Queen's Polar Medal

“Tudor brings with him a wealth of polar experience, with varying perspectives on the tourism industry”, said IAATO Executive Director, Dr Kim Crosbie

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced the appointment of Tudor Morgan to the full-time position of Environmental Manager. Tudor’s overall role is to support safe and environmentally responsible tourism to Antarctica, with a particular focus on field operations.

Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:20 UTC

Colombia launches first Antarctic research expedition with Chilean training

ARC 20 de Julio which carries a helicopter will spend three months in Antarctica on scientific research tasks

Colombia's first Antarctica expedition is expected to call in Punta Arenas on Wednesday before crossing to the peninsula to begin a three-month scientific hydrographic and climate research with twenty researchers on board committed to ten projects.

Sunday, January 4th 2015 - 06:34 UTC

Prolonged extreme droughts could help to explain collapse of Mayan civilization

A team headed by Rice University professor Andre Droxler analyzed sediment found in the Blue Hole, a 410-foot-deep sinkhole in Belize’s Lighthouse Reef.

The mysterious collapse of the ancient Mayan civilization has been attributed to a variety of factors, most notably overhunting, deforestation, and a catastrophic peasant uprising. However the theory of prolonged extreme drought has been gaining ground among the scientific community in recent years regarding the Mayan demise.

Saturday, December 27th 2014 - 00:28 UTC

Heavy rains cause flooding in Montevideo

The city of Montevideo, literally under water on Friday

Worst storm in 50 years. Emergency Committee receivs over 100 calls for help. Bad weather expected to continue.

Friday, December 26th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

Nicaragua: civic organisations want protesters freed, 'Chinese invaders' out

Popular unrest over the Nicaragua Canal

Expropriation law upsets peasants, environmentalists. 30 arrested nationwide. President Daniel Ortega dubbed a 'traitor'.

Monday, December 22nd 2014 - 22:28 UTC

Travellers advised to check before flying a drone in Antarctica

Flying drones in Antarctica raises evironmental concern

IAATO warns security measures essential for this relatively new activity. Tour operators may have to ban the use of unmanned vehicles out of environmental concerns

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 12:59 UTC

Uruguay receives IDB credit to boost investment in renewable energies

A common sight in top hills of Uruguay, a display of wind turbines

As part of Uruguay long term plan to promote investment in infrastructure and finance investment in electric power plants using renewable energy resources, essentially wind and solar so as to diversify the country energy mix and cut CO2 emissions, the country will be receiving a 250 million dollar credit line from the Inter American Development Bank, IDB.

Saturday, December 13th 2014 - 04:07 UTC

Argentina purchases four Russian multipurpose polar Supply-class tugs

A Neftegaz tug under operations in Russia, similar to the ones presumably purchased by Argentina

Argentina's ministry of Defense has signed an agreement for the purchase of four Russian-built multipurpose polar tugs, class NEFTEGAZ, at a total cost of just over eight million dollars.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 08:59 UTC

Plastic litter in oceans estimated in 269.000 tons, say US scientists

“There's much more plastic pollution out there than recent estimates suggest,” said Marcus Eriksen, research director for 5 Gyres Institute

Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans: plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more.

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 11:09 UTC

Ten months of 2014 the hottest on record; land surface temperature up 2 Celsius degrees

Any temperature increase above the 2 degree Celsius mark is “dangerous,” according to the non-binding international agreement on climate change

Despite the record early snowfall in parts of the United States in recent weeks, 2014 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record and according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, the first ten months of this year have been the hottest since record keeping began more than 130 years ago.

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