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June 21, 2013.

To mark its Centennial in 2014, Carnegie Council has launched Global Ethical Dialogues. They are a multi-year project that engages societies across world in the quest for a global ethics – shared values with which to tackle problems that transcend national boundaries. Global Ethical Dialogues began in June 2013 with visits to Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, followed by North America. The next Dialogues will be in the Balkans in 2014, and Asia and Africa in 2015.

June 14, 2013

Somewhere in Chinese Arctic. Beijing crawling to the Arctic riches. Over the recent years, more and more countries start allocating their forces and resources for the analysis and assessment of the situation in "Great Arctic game". Circumpolar regions attract attention first of all due to the possibility of using the sea routes for transportation of goods between Europe and Asia, and due to the mineral deposits.

June 12, 2013

 A catastrophic landslide-induced oil spill in Ecuador. One of the largest impacts of landslides occurs when the slide severs an oil or gas pipeline, allowing a release into the environment. Given that pipelines are increasingly being  built in landslide-prone terrain this is a real problem. A clear illustration of this occurred in Ecuador on 31st May, when the Trans Ecuador pipeline ruptured in a landslide. The volume of oil released to the environment is reported to have been about 11,500 barrels, which is about 205,000 liters.

June 05, 2013

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation has prepared the first Environmental rating of Russian cities in 2011 – the first quarter of 2012. Rating and estimation procedure have been made by order of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and meet world standards and criteria of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  Environmental rating methodology has been prepared for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation by Ernst&Yang.

May 22, 2013

Volcanologists who monitor eruptions of Alaskan volcanoes are scrambling to cope with US federal budget cuts - even as the Pavlof volcano, 1,000 kilometers southwest of Alaska's biggest city, Anchorage, spouts a towering ash plume that is threatening plane flights.

Funding cutbacks at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), which has staff in Anchorage and Fairbanks, have halted real-time monitoring of at least four of the state’s volcanoes. Seismic stations that would normally listen for imminent eruptions have stopped working, a casualty of deferred maintenance and repair.

January 22, 2013

The World Bank’s arbitration court dismissed claims brought by Canadian mining company “Vanessa Ventures” against Venezuela in its first ruling on mining and energy seizures that started when President Hugo Chavez came to power in 1999. The case, initially filed at the Washington-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes  (ICSID) in 2004, was brought by Vannessa Ventures Ltd. over the nationalization of the Las Cristinas gold mine in 2001.

December 21, 2012

Journal of Science Communication has published the article G. Sturloni. A lesson from L’Aquila: the risks of science (mis)communication.  Jcom 11 (04) 2012.

December 18, 2012.

As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013. The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good.

December 17, 2012

Italian steel industry, ranked as the second one in Europe in terms of steel production, has been shaking for several months. The reason for this is the scandalous story with the country's largest steel plant Ilva, owned by the company Riva Group. According to the recent court decisions, the company's products which according to the statements of the law enforcement agencies is responsible for the high level of environmental pollution and increased mortality in the city of Taranto, was seized.

December 13, 2012

European waters - assessment of status and pressures (EEA №  8/2012)  was published by the European Environmental Agency; this report assesses the status and pressures on European Waters. The report contains overviews of the data reported by the first RBMPs, and of the ecological status and pressures affecting Europe's waters. Europe's waters are affected by several pressures, including water pollution, water scarcity and floods. Major modifications to water bodies also affect morphology and water flow.

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