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Environmental disaster News

Op-Ed: The Arctic's huge store of methane gas: 'Ticking time-bomb?'

Some climate change proponents are saying the huge amounts of methane gas, stored under the Arctic ice is a potential "ticking time bomb." They claim that we must stop extracting fossil fuels that put more CO2 into our atmosphere or face disaster.

5 steps to recover from a natural disaster

Most businesses have safety and security procedures in place, including disaster recovery plans, to ensure the continuity of business operations in the event of natural disasters.

Neil Young tour defends 1st Nations against tar sands development

Toronto - Musician Neil Young's new Canadian tour lambasts Canada's Conservatives for Jackpine mine tar sands expansion and not honouring the Native treaties raises funds for Legal Defense of First Nations.

Op-Ed: Salmon Confidential — Canadian cover-up? Special

Follow biologist Alex Morton as she unravels the mysteries of BC’s declining salmon stocks using some of the world’s top fish labs. What she uncovers will surprise anyone who cares about our fish and all that depends on them.

British woodlands on the brink of devastation

War has been declared on the British woodlands, according to the British Forestry Commission, who remain the leading authority when it comes to safeguarding the British forests and woodlands.

Greenpeace says Fukushima radiation monitoring seriously flawed

Fukushima - International environmental campaigning organisation Greenpeace claims that Japanese government radiation monitoring stations in the city of Fukushima are seriously underestimating residual radiation levels and public health risks in and around Fukushima.

Erika Oil Disaster — France's top court upholds Total conviction

France's highest appeal court, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday upheld energy giant Total’s conviction for negligence arising from the 1999 shipwreck of the oil-tanker Erika.

Op-Ed: China is an environmental nightmare for the world

Liuzhou - China's disregard for the environment can be described as ignorant at best, arrogant at worst. The country's latest disaster involves dumping 20 tons of carcinogenic cadmium into the Longjiang River.

Chile: Forest fires continue causing death and devastation

Santiago - Wildfires persist in several regions of the country burning hundreds of homes and causing huge damage, unemployment problems and death; there are 42 active forest fires in several regions of Chile, 24 of which are out of control.

Chevron and BP hit oil with new deepwater well in Gulf of Mexico

San Ramon - Situated in 6,759 feet of water and drilled to a depth of 31,545 feet, Chevron and BP have announced a new oil discovery in the “prolific” Lower Tertiary Trend, located in the Gulf of Mexico deepwaters 216 miles off the Louisiana coast.

Death toll rises as Storm Juaning makes sudden landfall PH

At least 10 people were reported dead and thousands of families were evacuated to higher grounds as floodwater reaches rooftop of houses in at least four provinces in the Bicol region south of Manila.

BP executives could face manslaughter charges

Washington - US prosecutors are assessing whether to pursue manslaughter charges against BP company managers over last year’s Gulf of Mexico fiasco that took the lives of 11 workers and created the largest environmental disaster in the country’s history.

Death count rises as Hungary works on controlling toxic sludge

Ajka - Two bodies were recovered from sludge Thursday, and officials reported the toxic sludge, released from an accidental breach of a reservoir Tuesday, has reached the Danube River.

Op-Ed: British Petroleum and American ‘bloodlust’

As if BP’s insatiable desire to ruin the planet weren’t enough, we now get to read about America’s “bloodlust” attitude toward the oil giant, regardless of the fact that we are now facing the greatest assault on the food chain ever known.

BP stock plummets, leak set to increase, criminal probe begins

As BP stock continues its downward spiral, the US government has announced the launching of a criminal investigation of the company’s activities related to its environmental assault on the Gulf of Mexico.

New giant oil plume discovered in Gulf

A new oil plume, 22 miles in length, has been discovered below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, and stretches from the leaking BP wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama.

Op-Ed: Questions remaining with Gulf oil spill Special

I live in Louisiana, so I am biased. I'm a tree-hugger, so I am biased. I voted for Obama, and I suppose for some that makes me biased too. I am biased in believing no one knew at the outset how bad the spill was and no one knows now how to stop it.

Op-Ed: BP and the art of denial

As BP’s greed evolves into our nightmare world, a review of comments made by the British oil giant’s executives, spokespeople, and US government officials now opens the door to criminal charges.

Massive oil plumes discovered in Gulf's deep waters

New research by scientists reports the BP oil spill is far greater than government and BP reports suggest, with enormous undersea oil plumes as long as 10 miles situated in the Gulf of Mexico’s deep waters.

Op-Ed: BP, an oil spill and the brewing storm of complacency

As BP’s current disaster in the Gulf of Mexico quickly turns into the greatest environmental disaster known to humanity, we as a species are faced with painful decisions.

Sharks lured by sewage: 2 lifeguards killed

A South African lifeguard was killed in an attack by a tiger shark at the popular holiday resort of Port St. Johns This is only the second shark attack in this area - ever. A local historian warns that the heavy sewage runoff attracts the sharks.
 

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Large standing moai near the quarry of Ranu Raraku volcano. There are four inactive volcanos in East...
Large standing moai near the quarry of Ranu Raraku volcano. There are four inactive volcanos in Easter Island.
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Moais at Ahu Tahai also face inland and they stand on a complex platform of several levels also made...
Moais at Ahu Tahai also face inland and they stand on a complex platform of several levels also made with stones.
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BP s costs associated with its Gulf of Mexico disaster have surpassed $3 billion  with the oil pollu...
BP's costs associated with its Gulf of Mexico disaster have surpassed $3 billion, with the oil polluter reportedly seeking additional finances through sale of company assets.
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Seven moai at Ahu Akivi were restored in 1960 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy and his C...
Seven moai at Ahu Akivi were restored in 1960 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy and his Chilean colleague, Gonzalo Figueroa. In contrast to most moai at other sites on the island, the moai at Ahu Akivi face the ocean.
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Ash trees near Saxby UK
Ash trees near Saxby UK
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BP s Deepwater Horizon platform.
BP's Deepwater Horizon platform.
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Ths is a picture of a controlled burn in the Gulf  one of several techniques being used to stop the ...
Ths is a picture of a controlled burn in the Gulf, one of several techniques being used to stop the spread of oil from contaminating the Gulf Coast shoreline.
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New figures released by scientists rate the flow of oil from the BP well at 25 000 to 30 000 per day...
New figures released by scientists rate the flow of oil from the BP well at 25,000 to 30,000 per day, providing even more devastation to the environment.
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The Coast Guard released the following photo to the press yesterday.  Since then the oil has moved c...
The Coast Guard released the following photo to the press yesterday. Since then the oil has moved closer to the shoreline.
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Greenpeace protesters oppose Enbridge s Northern Gateway pipelines that would ship tar sands oil to ...
Greenpeace protesters oppose Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipelines that would ship tar sands oil to the northern BC coast and to support a ban on oil tanker traffic on the northern BC coast
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Moais at Ahu Tahai near the town of Hanga Roa  Easter Island.
Moais at Ahu Tahai near the town of Hanga Roa, Easter Island.
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Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
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Moais at Ahu Tahai with the village of Hanga Roa in the background. On the right is Moai  Kote Riku ...
Moais at Ahu Tahai with the village of Hanga Roa in the background. On the right is Moai "Kote Riku" with stone hat and restored eyes.
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BP s efforts have turned their containment efforts to restricted coverage of their environmental ass...
BP's efforts have turned their containment efforts to restricted coverage of their environmental assault, thanks to the FAA's recent flight restrictions over the Gulf of Mexico.
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Greenpeace protesters oppose Enbridge pipelines that would ship tar sands oil to the northern BC coa...
Greenpeace protesters oppose Enbridge pipelines that would ship tar sands oil to the northern BC coast and to support a ban on oil tanker traffic on the northern BC coast
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