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.

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 - 23:08 UTC

The entire Great Lakes almost completely covered with ice

According to NOAA data, the Great Lakes ice coverage is up over 3%. This time last year, there was 85.4% coverage

The entire Great Lakes, shared by Canada and the United States is at 88.8% ice coverage, with the highest totals coming from Lake Huron and Lake Erie at about 96% ice coverage according to Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, part of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA.

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 - 12:44 UTC

One of Chile's most active volcanoes erupts: 3.500 people evacuated

Villarrica is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes and activity reportedly increased in the past month

A volcano in Villarrica, southern Chile erupted early Tuesday morning, spewing lava into the sky and causing about 3,500 people to evacuate. The volcano, which is one of South America's most active, sent ash and smoke 3,300 feet into the air at about 3 a.m. local time. It did not cause any injuries to people or damage to infrastructure, according to the Chilean e-news Emol.com.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 07:19 UTC

Falkland Islands included in European funds for environmental projects

 SAERI is coordinator for the South Atlantic Hub: Ascension Island, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Isles.

More than €6 million has been made available to European Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) some of which can be accessed for environmental projects within the Falkland Islands, according to a report from the Penguin News last edition.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

HMS Protector in cleanup and surveying tasks in South Georgia

HMS Protector at anchor off Grytviken Harbour

The men and women of HMS Protector have helped the South Georgia Government by carrying out a beach cleanup and glacier survey. 700 miles east of the Falklands, South Georgia is a crescent shaped island with magnificent scenery and wildlife. But over the years debris from several shipwrecks has been washed up on the island’s beaches.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 06:48 UTC

Falklands historic link to Antarctica exploration unveiled in unique memorial

Governor Roberts, MLA Cheek, and Roderick Rhys-Jones, chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust, at the unveiling ceremony

The Falkland Islands historic link as the gateway for British Antarctic exploration was acknowledged this week with the dedication in Stanley's Dockyard Point of the southern component of a unique memorial to the 28 men and one woman of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and before that the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) who have perished in the Antarctic since the establishment by the British Government of the first permanent research base there in 1944.


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