Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - 07:00 UTC

Australia debates effects of warming ocean waters on its fisheries

“My research is showing that some of these things look like they have already increased in abundance because of climate change” says Prof Shauna Murray (Pic C. Pearce)

New evidence is emerging that climate change could join overfishing as a major threat to the world's seafood supplies. While Australia – a small producer on a global scale, accounting for only 0.2% of the world's seafood – has relatively healthy fisheries, it is suddenly and quite brutally feeling the effects of warming ocean waters.

Tuesday, July 21st 2015 - 05:18 UTC

UK Territories’ Environment Ministers chart a course for a sustainable future

The session was opened by Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, who stressed the importance of good environmental governance

Environment Ministers from the UK Overseas Territories (OTs) and Crown Dependencies (CDs) gathered together for the first time ever in Gibraltar’s Garrison Library last week to consider the environmental challenges facing the Territories.

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 08:15 UTC

Aphids beat latest 'odor' efforts to repel them and protect GM crops

GM crops are being grown commercially since 1996. Land with GM crops has increased from 1.7m in 1996 to around 175.2m hectares worldwide in 2013.

In what is described as a major blow to genetic modification of crops, a variety of wheat developed in the UK to repel pests has failed in field trials. The variety engineered to produce an odor that repels aphids, failed in the field test after it was successfully tested in the lab, proving a wide gap between lab and commercial application of the process.

Saturday, July 11th 2015 - 06:45 UTC

Keeping Falklands pristine: waste fuels and oil recycled into energy

Miller at the oil yard depot and the IBC's. A four ton oil tank currently being pumped comes from the current Noble Energy Humpback exploration drill.

The Falkland Islands have been for many years utilizing waste fuels and oil for energy from a variety of different sources and now the oil companies operating in the Falklands, having complied with all the safety regulations on storage and handling, are also contributing to the local 'processing' industry managed by Tim Miller and his greenhouse fresh vegetables enterprise.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 05:52 UTC

Obama and Rousseff agree their nations are 'natural partners' and working on an 'upward trajectory'

“I believe that this visit marks one more step in a new more ambitious chapter in the relations between our countries,” Obama said.

President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sought Tuesday to cast their nations as “natural partners” collaborating closely on critical issues like climate and regional diplomacy, glossing over recent tensions over spying that have strained relations between the first and seventh world economies.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 - 07:48 UTC

World Medical Association welcomes report on climate change and health

“We physicians, have the opportunity to help the public and decision-makers better understand the health implications of climate change”, said Dr. Xavier Deau

The World Medical Association welcomed the Lancet Commission's latest report on climate change, which it says reiterates the serious concerns of physicians that climate change poses an unacceptably high threat to health.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 - 07:15 UTC

Driest June in Santiago in fifty years worsens pollution in the midst of Copa America match

Santiago de Chile high pollution levels

Chile's capital Santiago has experienced the driest June in half a century, leading to unexpected headache-inducing levels of contamination and Andean ski slopes bereft of snow, with no rain clouds on the horizon. There has been zero precipitation in the month to date in Santiago, the first time that has happened in fifty years, according to meteorology records.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 - 06:17 UTC

Falklands engineer invited to speak on wind energy in Trinidad Tobago

Glenn Ross, from the Falkland Islands government, will talk about ”The integration of Wind Power into small (2MW) diesel systems”.

Glenn Ross from the Falkland Islands will be speaking on wind energy and integration to diesel systems at the annual conference of Trinidad and Tobago Professional Engineers Association (APETT) scheduled for June 25/26 at Point Lisas.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 08:47 UTC

Earth in new period of extinction: vertebrates, including humans, among first casualties

Stanford University Paul Ehrlich

The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties. The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 00:37 UTC

Francis calls on swift global action to confront environmental degradation

Francis used the encyclical “Laudato Si” to highlight the crisis posed by climate change and placed most of the blame on fossil fuels and human activity

Argentine Pope Francis called on Thursday for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, blending a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.


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