Environment

Environment
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.

Saturday, November 30th 2013 - 06:46 UTC

Argentina, Brazil and Chile elected to the Int. Maritime Organization council

The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the organization

Argentina, Chile and Brazil have been elected to be members of the International Maritime Organization Council for the 2014/15 biennium by the IMO assembly, which is meeting in London.

Monday, November 25th 2013 - 19:33 UTC

Fossils in south Chile reveal close interaction with once connected Antarctica

In February, a team of 11 scientists discovered the largest collection of dinosaur bones discovered in Chile

Three years of study in Patagonia have produced what researchers describe as most important paleontological findings in Chile in the last 10 years. The discovery of leaf and dinosaur fossils in South America has revealed the continent was connected to Antarctica 20 million years more recently than previously believed.

Monday, November 25th 2013 - 15:24 UTC

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes in south Atlantic, 314 km SE from Falklands

 There were no initial reports of damage or casualties in Falklands

The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude-7.0 earthquake has struck in the South Atlantic, southwest of the Falkland Islands. It says the quake struck at 2:27 a.m. Monday (0627 GMT), about 314 kilometres southeast of the Falklands’ capital, Stanley, and 545 miles east of Ushuaia, Argentina. The depth was a shallow 10 kilometres.

Monday, November 25th 2013 - 07:24 UTC

Last minute compromise and flexible wording saves UN climate talks in Poland

”There are more beautiful and faster ways to Paris but what is important here is that we get there and get a good outcome, said EU delegate Hedegaard

UN climate talks in Poland have ended with delegates reaching a compromise on how to fight global warming. After 30 hours of deadlock, they approved a pathway to a new global climate treaty in Paris in 2015. The agreement was achieved after a series of last minute compromises often involving single words in draft texts.

Friday, November 22nd 2013 - 20:27 UTC

Russia refuses to free Greenpeace vessel ignoring UN maritime tribunal order

The Arctic Sunrise and its crew were detained in September

The United Nations maritime tribunal has ordered Russia to free a Greenpeace vessel and 30 people detained after an oil drilling protest in the Arctic. The court in the German city of Hamburg said a bond of 3.6 million Euros should be posted.

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