Environmental disasters - page 3

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International marine science organization releases report on radiation in Pacific Ocean

If you've heard about Fukushima radiation spreading to the Pacific Coast of North America but were "corrected" by sources both official and expert that this was based more on rumor than reality, then consider the information presented at the October 2013

January 20, 2014

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Radioactive fish continue to be caught near Fukushima

Japan used to account for 15 percent of global fish catches, but now, nearly three years after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami which struck Fukushima's Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011, sales are plummeting in Fukushima and the surrounding

January 15, 2014

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Chemical spill ruins water supply, sparks state of emergency in West Virginia, USA

More than 300,000 West Virginia residents in nine different counties as of Saturday are on day three of a do-not-use water order. The order was issued after the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a foaming agent used in the coal cleaning process, leaked through a

January 15, 2014

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Fukushima's two worst-case scenarios explained by Arnie Gundersen

Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the Tokyo Electric and Power Co., or TEPCO, to decommission two more reactors at its Fukushima power plant, which was heavily damaged following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The reactors, 5 and 6, were

December 04, 2013

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Waters of southeast Florida covered in fluorescent green slime of toxic algae

Massive outbreak of toxic algae is reported at Florida’s southeastern coast. St. Lucie River, its estuary, and the Indian River Lagoon are slimed with fluorescent green toxic algae that grow on excess sewage, manure, and fertilizer runoff released

August 28, 2013

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Satellite images show "Thailand oil spill" moving toward Koh Kudee but dispersing

Don't cancel your Thailand vacation just yet. Latest satellite images show oil spill is moving away from mainland and going toward popular tourist attraction Koh Kudee island but also dispersing to an extent. Blogger Richard Barrow said

July 31, 2013

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Environmental disaster in Canada - Primrose oilsands site in Alberta unable to stop oil leaking for over nine weeks

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNR) operates the Primrose oilsands facility northeast of Edmonton where four ongoing underground oil blowouts have contaminated forest, muskeg and a lake and have already killed dozens animals. The sites are located in a remote

July 27, 2013

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Fukushima leaking radioactive materials directly into the ocean

Breaking news from Tokyo, Japan confirms that levels of cancer-causing cesium-134 are showing up in groundwater samples at rates 90- 110 times higher than all previous readings at the Fukushima disaster zone. The announcements are coming from the Tokyo Electric Power

July 17, 2013

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Research finds radioactive substance in sediment under a Swiss lake used for drinking water

Another striking radioactive story comes from Switzerland today. A radioactive substance cesium-137 was found in sediment under Lake Biel which is used for drinking water and is situated about 20 km, downstream Aare river, from the Mühleberg

July 14, 2013

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Natural gas condensate leaking in Gulf of Mexico as operators lose control over the well

According to the report by US Coast Guard operators of natural gas and crude oil production platform in Gulf of Mexico, USA, lost control over one of the wells on July 9, 2013. Rainbow sheen is visible on the water surface and is estimated to be more than 6.5

July 10, 2013

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Louisiana sinkhole swallowed 25 more trees and well pad access ramp

According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, giant Louisiana sinkhole swallowed 25 trees and a well pad access ramp, so now the collapsed area grew to 13 acres in size. The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Police

April 02, 2013

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Europe's fish stocks at serious risk

More than half the fish consumed in the European Union today comes from imports. The EU hopes that radical reforms to its system of fishing quotas could restore European fisheries by 2020. However, experts are concerned that politicians could yet ignore scientific

February 11, 2013

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Oil showdown in the Amazon - Big threat to Ecuador's ecosystem

There's an indigenous community in Ecuador that lives in a part of the Amazon where there are jaguars and more animal life than the whole of North America! It's an incredibly pristine, remote area and the whole ecosystem has been preserved. But the government is

January 27, 2013

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Overexploiting of "charcoal" forests in Madagascar

Madagascar has seen a 10 percent increase in temperature and a 10% decrease in rainfall in the past 50 years, with a devastating impact on the farming and fishing communities, according to the World Bank report. People are facing chronic hunger and high rates of

January 09, 2013

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New flyover videos confirmed new large Louisiana sinkhole collapse

Disturbing new flyover videos of Louisiana sinkhole showed the amount of land collapsed has increased in size. Last measurements show that the surface of the sinkhole area was 5.5 acres, or equivalent of five football fields.  Based on John Boudreaux, director

November 03, 2012

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Hope for disappearing Aral Sea

The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest lake or inland sea – a rich haven for fish, birds and other wildlife. The Aral Sea began to shrink in the 1960s, when massive diversion of water for cotton and rice cultivation under the Soviet Union drained the two

October 25, 2012

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Ground under Fukushima Unit 4 sinking, structure on verge of complete collapse

Though the mainstream media has long since abandoned the issue, the precarious situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan is only continuing to worsen, according to a prominent Japanese official. During a recent interview, Mitsuhei Murata, the

October 16, 2012