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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.

Friday, December 13th 2013 - 09:07 UTC

NASA study finds close links between climate and the ozone hole size variation

“Ozone holes with smaller areas and larger total amount of ozone are not necessarily evidence of recovery attributable to the expected chlorine decline”

It turns out that the ozone hole may not be completely healed--at least according to new NASA data. Scientists have examined the inner workings of the ozone hole that forms annually over Antarctica and have found that declining chlorine in the stratosphere has not yet caused a recovery of the ozone hole.

Thursday, December 12th 2013 - 06:33 UTC

Latam forecasted to expand 3.2% in 2014 after a 2.6% this year, says Eclac

“The world economic situation in 2014 provides opportunities and threats” said  Executive Secretary  Barcena

The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will expand by 3.2% in 2014, which is higher than the 2.6% for 2013, according to the latest report from the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, launched on Wednesday in Santiago, Chile.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 03:58 UTC

IAATO names Amanda Lynnes part-time Operations and Communications Assistant

Amanda is a penguin biologist with a long career in Antarctica

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has announced the appointment of Amanda Lynnes to the part-time position of Operations and Communications Assistant. Amanda is responsible for communicating IAATO’s key messages and will assist in the development of the environmental and operational components of the Association.

Thursday, December 5th 2013 - 18:55 UTC

UK and Germany support small scale renewable energy project in Chile

Ambassador Benjamin with the Chilean ministers

The UK is supporting and helping finance the development of a 20 million-dollar small scale renewable energy project in Chile. The project will be financed from the joint UK-Germany NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) Facility and Chile's is only one in four of 47 projects worldwide that applied for this funding and reflects the quality of the Chilean application.

Thursday, December 5th 2013 - 00:03 UTC

Economic crisis or 'greens': bicycles outsold cars in 26 of the EU 28 state members

Popularity of cycling has gone beyond the traditional “cycling capitals” such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen (Pic AFP)

Figures from industry bodies indicate that bicycles outsold cars in 26 of the European Union's 28 states in 2012. It is thought the trend reflects a slump in car sales brought on by the continent's economic crisis.

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