Thursday, December 24th 2015 - 10:56 UTC

Brazil is suing BHP and Vale 'at least' US$ 5bn for Minas Gerais mining disaster

 The action against the two mining giants relates to the catastrophe that hit Samarco iron ore operation in Minas Gerais, Brazil on 5 November.

A Brazilian federal court has ordered BHP Billiton and Vale to set aside US$ 491.5 million, with the possibility of billions more, has frozen the mining giants' assets in the country, and ordered it to carry out extensive environmental and social work in the region hit by a dam burst at its joint venture.

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015 - 15:19 UTC

Huge asteroid will cross the sky on Christmas eve at 11m km from planet Earth

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico studied asteroid 2003 SD220 from December 3 to 17, and Goldstone Antenna in California analyzed it from December 5 to 20.

In a new twist to the old song, it’s Santa Claus who had “better watch out” on Christmas Eve, as he shares the night sky with a huge asteroid that will make its closest pass to Earth at about the same time the jolly old fellow is making his annual deliveries.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015 - 06:23 UTC

Paris climate agreement triggers praise for French diplomacy and minister Fabius

“It’s rare in life to be able to move things forward at the planet level,” Fabius said, visibly moved after coming out of the plenary room.

France seems to have achieved an unachievable triumph: uniting the world to seal a global climate pact. The Paris climate agreement, adopted on Saturday, was the culmination of more than a year of intense diplomatic efforts by France. Delegates and foreign dignitaries cheered Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the host of the two-week talks, and gave him a standing ovation.

Wednesday, December 9th 2015 - 08:42 UTC

Renowned conservationist Doug Tompkins dies during kayak accident in Chilean Patagonia

Tompkins suffered a kayaking accident in lake General Carrera: he reportedly capsized in the water and suffered severe hypothermia

Douglas Tompkins, 72, the renowned conservationist and co-founder of The North Face, died on Tuesday in a kayaking accident in Lake General Carrera, on the Chilean side of Patagonia. He reportedly capsized in the water and suffered severe hypothermia. A source from Conservacion Patagonica, the non-profit founded in 2000 by his wife Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, confirmed his death.

Thursday, December 3rd 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Argentina will have a state of the art fisheries research vessel in 2017

Dr. Wöhler underlined that the sound proof issue was repeatedly discussed and the main reason for having the vessel built in Spain and not in Argentina

Argentina's Fisheries Research and Development Institute, INIDEP, has signed the contract for the construction of a new fisheries and oceanographic research vessel to be built at the Armon shipyard in Vigo, Spain. The financing for the vessel and refurbishing of INIDEP's offices and labs comes from the Inter-American Development bank with a 30m dollars loan.

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 - 12:38 UTC

Brazil's worst mining disaster will stress test 'king iron' Vale's resources

Vale's CEO Ferreira said environmental recovery from disaster at the Samarco joint venture co-owned with BHP Billiton would take time and a lot of help.

Brazil's deadly mining disaster could cost Vale SA at least US$443 million, but it is too early to put a price tag on what it expects to be a long clean-up from the pollution spilled when the toxic dam burst.

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 - 12:21 UTC

Largest whale stranding, 337 Sei specimens, reported in extreme south Chile

“This is one of the largest stranding worldwide,” said Häussermann, the director of Huinay Scientific Field Station, which focuses on marine research.

A total of 337 sei whales have been found beached in the extreme south of Chile in what scientists state is one of the biggest whale stranding ever recorded. Biologist Vreni Häussermann made the discovery along with other scientists in June during an observation flight over fjords in Chile's southern Patagonia region.

Monday, November 30th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

What I expect from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

The climate change conference in Paris is not the end point. It must be the turning point towards a low-emission, climate-resilient future.

By Ban Ki-Moon (*) - For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response

Sunday, November 29th 2015 - 09:51 UTC

Brazil plans to sue mining companies US$ 7.2bn on toxic mud spill

Izabella Teixeira said the suit will be filed on Monday and proceeds will be put in a fund and used for environmental cleanup in the Rio Doce valley

Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore-miner for 20 billion Reais ($7.2 billion) in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 11:07 UTC

Australia's BHP denies UN report on 'toxic' mine spill from collapsed dam in Brazil

The in Minas Gerais state left 13 people dead, devastating several villages. The noxious river has trailed 500km from the mine into the Atlantic Ocean.

Australian mining giant BHP says mud spilled by the devastating collapse of a dam at a Brazilian mine is not toxic. On Thursday the UN said the dam burst at the Samarco mine unleashed a flood equivalent to “20,000 Olympic swimming pools of toxic mud”.


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