Environment

Study shows that 270,000 tons of plastic float In the ocean

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AP - A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. That's enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks.
 

Patagonia worst-hit by climate shifts

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Buenos Aires Herald - In Argentina, climate change is being felt most directly in the Patagonia region, where the average temperature has risen one degree Celsius over the past 50 years — the highest in the country, where the average increase during the period has been half a degree.
 

Chaco: New national park created in El Impenetrable

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The Argentina Independent A new national park has been created in El Impenetrable forest in the province of Chaco. The 128,000-hectare reserve will protect native forest as well as endangered animal species such as theyaguareté, tatú carreta, and crowned solitary eagle.
 
The law creating the national park was passed by the Lower House of Congress on Wednesday night, by 225 votes to one. The initiative was sponsored by a group of NGOs led by Banco de Bosques and mineral water company Villavicencio, who worked with the province of Chaco and the national state.
 

Invasive species threaten global biodiversity

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AFP - Until a few decades ago, there were no beavers in Patagonia. That changed when 20 pairs of the tree-chewing creature were introduced with the hopes of creating a fur industry.

Today, their numbers have exploded and they pose a serious threat to the South American area's biodiversity.
 

This robotic penguin chick is doing undercover work in Antarctica (video)

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Washington Post - If you're going to build a robotic spy, you might as well make it a cutie -- especially if it needs to go incognito in crowds of adorable penguin chicks and their parents.
 

Climate change may cause ‘serious, pervasive and irreversible' damage: Report

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Reuters - Climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible" impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments still have time to avert the worst.
 

Climate change threatens Antarctica’s emperor penguin population

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Time - The greatest hazard comes from warming temperatures' impact on sea-ice cover, which the penguins rely on for travel and hunting.
 

Chile becomes first South American country to tax carbon

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Reuters - President Michelle Bachelet of Chile enacted new environmental tax legislation on Friday making the country the first in South America to tax carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
 

Antarctica's ice loss changed Earth's gravity: Study

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Times of India - Antarctica has lost so much ice that it has caused a shift in Earth's gravity, according to a new study. 

The European Space Agency (ESA)'s GOCE satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature.
 

In Chile, an animal whose numbers please no one

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New York Times - The guidebooks for Tierra del Fuego somehow fail to mention the gunfire. From the mist-shrouded Patagonian steppe to the dense beech forests, shots pierce the air here for months on end each year. Hunters armed with telescopic rifles roam this archipelago at the southern tip of South America in pickup trucks as they pick off their prey: the guanaco.
 
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