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Greek minister defends 'improving' oil slick clean-up

Atenas - Greece's merchant marine minister defended on Thursday the government's response to an oil spill that has spread across beaches near Athens following criticism from environmentalists and calls for his resignation.

Greece fumbled oil spill response: environment groups

Atenas - Greek officials fumbled their response to a minor oil spill that is now threatening beaches near Athens five days after the suspicious sinking of a tanker, environmental groups said Thursday.

Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz

Paris - Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday unveiled a grand plan to clean up the French capital, putting teeth into the campaign by stepping up enforcement operations.

The Fukushima Daiichi meltdown: Five years later

Fukushima - It has been almost five years since that fateful day on March 11, 2011 when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck northeastern Japan, creating a 40-meter tsunami that triggered the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown.

Japan lifts evacuation order for radiation-hit Fukushima town

Toukyo - The Japanese government on Saturday lifted the evacuation order for the first town near the crippled Fukushima reactors, more than four years after ordering mass relocations near the tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant.

No action from Shell, Nigeria on oil pollution report: Amnesty

Lagos - Nigeria and Shell have done almost nothing to ease oil pollution in the Ogoniland area of the Niger Delta, three years after a landmark UN report called for a $1 billion dollar clean-up, Amnesty International said Monday.

Busy US Gulf ship lane closed due to oil spill

Miami - A busy shipping lane to the port of Houston, Texas was closed Monday as clean up crews struggled to remove oil that spilled in a weekend barge crash.The barge loaded with a million gallons of tar-like "bunker" oil collided with a ship Saturday, and the...

Video: Cleanup underway in Krymsk, Russia

Krymsk - After the torrential rains caused massive flooding in the Krasnodar region of Russia, people are now trying to get their lives back together.

Brisbane: Battlers, mud and occasional bastards

Brisbane - Brisbane is almost up and running again after the worst floods anyone can remember a long, long time. That's largely thanks to the army of volunteers that appeared out of nowhere, including people from interstate who got on planes as soon as they could.

Parish official says BP shipped in workers for president's visit

Grand Isle - Did BP hire beach cleanup workers in preparation for President Barack Obama's visit to Louisiana? Jefferson Parish Councilman say so in what he called a dog and pony show staged for the press and the visiting President.

Op-Ed: Time To Clean Up Our Act and Our Garbage

Everywhere we go, inner space, outer space, above ground, underground we leave a trash trail in our wake. A new report released recently found that ocean and sea floors were littered with 6.8 million pounds of trash.

Connecticut River's 11th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup Slated For This Weekend

The Connecticut River will have its annual spruce up over the weekend, with hundreds of volunteers from around New England donating time and energy to pull trash from the river's waters and surrounding banks.

Osborne Reef: A Tired Disaster

Florida--What started out to be a massive man-made reef, completely made out of old tires, has turned into an ecological disaster. The tires have begun to move around, causing damage to nearby a coral reef, as well as getting washed onto the beaches.
 

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A worker steam washes the jetty at Perdido Pass to remove oil that has collected there  in Orange Be...
A worker steam washes the jetty at Perdido Pass to remove oil that has collected there, in Orange Beach, AL on August 26, 2010.
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Clock at Nobiru  Japan train station stopped at the moment tsunami washed debris into the station bu...
Clock at Nobiru, Japan train station stopped at the moment tsunami washed debris into the station building and destroyed tracks March 11, 2011.
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Dr. Dennis Apeti  Mussel Watch scientist  brings up a trawl full of oysters for testing
Dr. Dennis Apeti, Mussel Watch scientist, brings up a trawl full of oysters for testing
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Debris around Nobiru  Japan train station after March 11  2011 tsunami.
Debris around Nobiru, Japan train station after March 11, 2011 tsunami.
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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, accompanied by Senior Advisor for Environmental Management Dave Huizenga, visits Hanford Tank Farms and Waste Treatment Plant on March 11, 2013.
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Vacuum vessel activity around Bay Jimmy
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