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Montevideo, October 2nd 2023 - 11:13 UTC


  • Thursday, August 31st 2023 - 15:25 UTC

    Fragile countries, impacted by conflict and climate change, threatened by hunger, IMF report

    Fragile and conflict-affected states, FCS, are those countries whose location and dependence on agriculture make them most vulnerable to extreme weather.

    Fragile countries, and those impacted most by conflict, are already being unevenly hit by the effects of climate change, and are less able than other countries to mitigate those impacts, according to a report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday.

  • Thursday, August 31st 2023 - 09:59 UTC

    Denmark to donate over US$ 22 million to Amazon Fund?

    Minister Franco issued a joint statement with the Danish government

    Brazil's Environment Minister Marina Silva Wednesday said Denmark might donate R$ 110 million (US$ 22.4 million) to the Amazon Fund between 2024 and 2026, in exchange for which the South American country should pledge to fight deforestation, Agência Brasil reported.

  • Thursday, August 31st 2023 - 08:38 UTC

    Idalia makes landfall a Category 3 hurricane in Florida

    “We have to remain vigilant,” President Biden said

    Two people have died and “incalculable damage” was caused by Idalia as it hit Florida before moving on to Georgia and the Carolinas as a tropical storm. The storm reached Category 4 status with winds up to 131 mph before hitting as a Category 3 hurricane.

  • Tuesday, August 29th 2023 - 09:00 UTC

    Three more sea lions confirmed to have died of bird flu

    Two of the new cases were found in the province of Buenos Aires and the other in Río Negro

    Argentina's National Agrifood Health and Quality Service (Senasa) Monday confirmed three more cases of avian influenza had been detected in sea lions along the country's Atlantic Ocean coast.

  • Tuesday, August 29th 2023 - 06:55 UTC

    Panama Canal restrictions expected to last for at least ten months; large containers to reroute to Suez Canal

    Panama Canal have cut draft restrictions for ships transiting neo-panamax locks by 2 m as well as slashing the volume of daily transits by 20% to 32 vessels a day

    Global shipping has been urged to share transit plans at one of the world’s key maritime crossings following on Panama Canal Authority officials warning that water-conserving restrictions will be in place for at least the next 10 months, given this year's unprecedented drought which Panama is experiencing.

  • Sunday, August 27th 2023 - 14:48 UTC

    Emperor penguins in danger due to sea ice melting

    Hotter temperatures melt the ice before the chicks develop their waterproof feathers (BAS pic)

    According to a peer-reviewed British Antarctic Survey report released late last week, the melting of sea ice might have caused the death of some 10,000 Emperor penguin chicks by the end of 2022.

  • Sunday, August 27th 2023 - 00:09 UTC

    Hot weather hits Rio de Janeiro this winter

    Winter heat in Rio should not feel as muggy as in the summer, despite reaching the same temperature

    Despite the southern hemisphere being still in winter, meteorologists foresee temperatures in the iconic city of Rio de Janeiro might reach 41°C as dry conditions heat up Southeastern Brazil, Agencia Brasil reported Thursday.

  • Thursday, August 24th 2023 - 10:54 UTC

    Uruguay: End of water crisis decreed

    The quality of the water today is very good, Lacalle argued

    Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou decreed the end of the water crisis affecting the South American country's capital, it was announced Wednesday in Montevideo. Lacalle said Decree 177 dated June 19, 2023, had been revoked, thus reinstating taxation on bottled water, it was explained.

  • Wednesday, August 23rd 2023 - 08:49 UTC

    Sea lions in Necochea died of avian flu?

    Most of the sea lions found on the beaches were buried in the sand

    Argentine authorities are investigating whether the death of around 40 sea lions inside the port terminal of Necochea / Quequén was due to an outbreak of avian flu, it was reported Tuesday. A colony of about 400 sea lions is usually to be found there.

  • Tuesday, August 22nd 2023 - 10:40 UTC

    Heavy rains in Chile leave 2 people dead, thousands stranded

    The cutting of a bridge in the Maule region left just over 24,000 people stranded, Monsalve explained

    Heavy rains in central and southern Chile have resulted in at least two people dead plus thousands stranded or taken to shelters, it was reported Monday. The victims were a driver who was hit by a tree and a firefighter who was killed Sunday when trying to rescue a lamb from the river in the town of Cañete, in the Bíobio region, some 550 kilometers south of Santiago, Undersecretary of the Interior Manuel Monsalve said.