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Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 - 06:43 UTC

Argentina celebrates 112th anniversary of flag flying and presence in Antarctica

Since 1904 Argentina has had a standing uninterrupted presence in Antarctica and in 1959 was one of the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, said the ministry

Argentina Antarctica Day was celebrated on Monday 22 February, recalling the 112th anniversary of the first time the country's flag was flown at the Meteorological and Magnetic Observatory in the Laure Island, South Orkneys in 1904.

Friday, February 19th 2016 - 04:49 UTC

New study reveals patterns in Antarctic tourism: more visitors but highly concentrated in area

The analysis was conducted by Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York in conjunction with International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)

Results from a new study examining 20 years of commercial cruise activity in the Antarctic Peninsula region have important implications for Antarctic visitor management. The paper was published online this week in the journal Antarctic Science, according to the latest release from IAATO.

Friday, February 19th 2016 - 04:24 UTC

Brazil biggest environmental disaster: compensation agreement could be signed this week

Brazil’s attorney general Luís Inácio Adams said that if the deal is signed Samarco  could resume mining operations later this year.

The Brazilian government expects to reach an agreement by Friday with Samarco Mineração to settle a 20 billion-real (US$4.9 billion) lawsuit for damages in the deadly dam disaster which burst in inland Minas Gerais creating a tsunami of mud and waste that killed 17 people and reached the Atlantic ocean.

Tuesday, February 16th 2016 - 08:30 UTC

Blocked access to food in Antarctica kills an estimated 150.000 Adelie penguins

The huge piece of ice forced the birds to walk more than 60 kilometers in search of food, gradually reducing the population to just a few thousand.

Scientists say an estimated 150,000 Adelie penguins have been wiped out on Antarctica's Cape Denison in the five years since a giant iceberg blocked their main access to food. A study recently published in the journal Antarctic Science says the B09B iceberg crashed with the Mertz Glacier Tongue and got stuck in Commonwealth Bay, an area that was rarely covered by sea-ice, making it ideal for Adelie penguin colonies.

Thursday, February 11th 2016 - 05:45 UTC

ICAO agrees on first binding limits on emissions from the aviation industry

“Carbon emissions from aviation are growing rapidly, with the number of flights worldwide expected to double in the next 15 years,” said Stephane Dujarric

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) proposing the first binding limits on emissions from the aviation industry.

Thursday, February 11th 2016 - 05:40 UTC

Brazil reopens crucial waterway for transporting soy; water was used to generate power

On Monday a barge train passed downstream on the Tiete River through the locks at the Nova Avanhandava hydro-dam for the first time since 2014, the paper said.

Brazil's Tiete-Parana waterway, a key transport corridor for soybeans, corn, cellulose, fertilizer and other agricultural products, has reopened after a 20-month closure due to drought and the use of water for electricity, the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported this week.

Saturday, February 6th 2016 - 05:29 UTC

US promotes major traceability plan for fishery products to combat IUU

Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA administrator appealed to the seafood industry, trade and consumer sectors, international partners and the conservation community

The United States National Oceanic and Atmosphereric Administration (NOAA) announced a proposal to implement a traceability plan for fishery products, aimed at combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and to prevent fraudulent trade.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 08:31 UTC

World cereal stocks are set to end 2016 seasons at 642 million tons, higher than they began.

Wheat output in Canada and Russia and maize output in China, Canada and Paraguay drove the upward revision.

Weather patterns associated with El Niño are sending mixed signals about the early prospects for cereal crops in 2016, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, according to FAO's Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, released on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 06:24 UTC

IAATO animated briefings for Antarctic visitors

The IAATO animations use beautiful wooden puzzle pieces to reflect Antarctica’s extraordinary natural environment.

New videos have been developed by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) to brief travelers en route to Antarctica. They reinforce actions visitors need to take to ensure their visit is safe and environmentally sensitive.

Thursday, January 28th 2016 - 06:28 UTC

Guanabara Bay pollution at the heart of Olympics sailing competition controversy

Andy Hunt took over just two weeks ago as the new CEO, and sailing is still scheduled to begin in August in the sewage-filled Guanabara bay.

The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Peter Sowrey tried to change the venue, or at least have a “B plan” but says “I was told to gag myself on the subject.”

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