Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 08:56 UTC

Ex VW CEO Winterkorn stands to take home a $32 million pension

The ousted CEO may also be eligible for two years’ worth of remuneration, if VW determines he was terminated for no fault of his own.

Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen who resigned on Wednesday amid allegations that the company cheated emissions testing for 11 million diesel-powered cars, stands to take home a $32 million pension.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:41 UTC

Brazil and UK joint research of critical elements in the deep northeast Atlantic

“A research expedition is planned for next year to the northeast Atlantic to discover what controls the richness of these deep-sea deposits,” Dr. Murton said.

Scientists from the U.K. and Brazil will work together to study the formation of ocean minerals essential for new technology, particularly environmental technology such as photovoltaic cells.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 - 11:09 UTC

France will appeal EU opt-out scheme to ban cultivation of GM crops

Monsanto's MON810 maize is the only GM crop grown in Europe, where it has been cultivated in Spain and Portugal for a decade

France is to use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the country remains in place. The European Union's largest grain grower and exporter has asked the European Commission for France to be excluded from some GM maize crop cultivation under the new scheme, the farm and environment ministries said in a joint statement.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 06:56 UTC

Chile suffers 6.5 magnitude aftershock rattling Santiago buildings

The U.S. Geological Survey said the latest tremor had a magnitude of 6.5, with an epicenter 46 kilometers west of Illapel, close to that of last week's quake.

A fresh 6.5 magnitude aftershock struck central Chile on Monday, rattling buildings in Chile's capital city Santiago, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. An 8.3 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami hit Chile's port city of Coquimbo last Wednesday, killing 13 people.

Monday, September 21st 2015 - 08:19 UTC

Barrick Gold cyanide spill in Argentine mine analyzed by UN team of experts

Barrick Gold admitted that at least 224,000 liters of a “cyanide solution” have been spilled and said it was waiting on laboratory results over the substance.

A group of United Nations experts have started to analyze water samples in the Argentine northeastern province of San Juan where a spill from a malfunctioning cyanide pipeline in a gold mine belonging to Canada's multinational Barrick Gold has caused a water emergency. The Veladero mine in San Juan is one of the largest in Argentina and apparently the spill reached the rivers Jachal, Las Taguas and Blanco.

Friday, September 18th 2015 - 08:25 UTC

Quake in Chile leaves twelve dead; a million evacuated to escape high scale tsunami

In Coquimbo, a port 450km north of Santiago, fishing vessels and shipping containers could be seen strewn around the city’s downtown area.

Coastal cities in north-central Chile suffered extensive damage from the powerful earthquake that struck the region on Wednesday night, according to aerial images released on Thursday by the police.

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 09:19 UTC

Fisheries worldwide on the brink of collapse, because of over fishing says WWF

Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International said mismanagement was pushing “the ocean to the brink of collapse”.

The amount of fish in the oceans has halved since 1970, in a plunge to the “brink of collapse” caused by over-fishing and other threats, the WWF conservation group said on Wednesday.Populations of some commercial fish stocks, such as a group including tuna, mackerel and bonito, had fallen by almost 75%, according to a study by WWF and the Zoological Society of London, ZSL.

Wednesday, September 16th 2015 - 08:29 UTC

UN message on 30th anniversary of the convention for the protection of the ozone layer

Together, we have succeeded in putting the stratospheric ozone layer on the road to recovery by the middle of this century, underlined Ban Ki moon

Not so long ago, humanity stood on the brink of a self-inflicted catastrophe. Our use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had torn a hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.

Wednesday, September 16th 2015 - 08:16 UTC

Cyanide spill in Argentine Andean mine triggers strong protests from local residents

The mine served by the faulty pipe is owned and administered by Barrick, a large Canadian multinational operating in Argentina

Residents of a town in the Argentine northwestern province of San Juan took to the streets in protest after an industrial malfunction caused a pipe carrying potentially lethal cyanide to the nearby Veladero gold mine to fracture and spill an amount of its contents in the area on Sunday. The news reached national level on Monday.

Sunday, September 13th 2015 - 12:23 UTC

Sperm whales are highly communicative but have different 'dialects'

Cantor explained that it is rare to observe two clans of the same species that live so close to one another, but communicate differently (Pic J.Modigliani)

Sperm whales are very social marine animals and they travel in close groups and communicate by using a pattern of clicks, also known as codas. Similar to humans, the whales use varying dialects worldwide. A recent study of two sperm whale clans living in fairly close proximity off the Galápagos Islands sheds light on animal cultures.


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