Second and unprecedented wave of locust invasion expected to hit Pakistan

Second and unprecedented wave of locust invasion expected to hit Pakistan

Another unprecedented wave of locust plague is expected to hit Pakistan by the end of May 2020, posing threats of food security crisis and livelihood losses. The invasion will start from the southwestern province of Balochistan, passing through the cropping area of…

Amazon tribes in Ecuador suffer water shortage following massive oil spill

Amazon tribes in Ecuador suffer water shortage following massive oil spill

Indigenous communities in the Amazon region of Ecuador have been suffering from a lack of clean water after a massive oil spill– the biggest in the area since 2004– polluted their local rivers. With this, the tribes have filed a lawsuit against the government and…

Balikpapan declares emergency after damaging oil spill, Borneo

Balikpapan declares emergency after damaging oil spill, Borneo

Indonesian port city of Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo, declared a state of emergency after pipeline fracture caused devastating oil spill along the coast, killing five fishermen and bringing health problems to hundreds of locals after it ignited. The oil…

Huge toxic plume spreading through the Middle East

Huge toxic plume spreading through the Middle East

A fire at a sulfur mine and processing facility near Mosul, Iraq is emitting tremendous quantities of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere for the sixth day in a row. If this fire was a volcano, it would already be among the largest eruptions of 2016. NASA’s…

Major tailings dam failure in China’s Henan Province

Major tailings dam failure in China’s Henan Province

Two villages in China's Henan Province were covered in red mud containing toxic heavy metals after a waste pond dam collapsed on August 8, 2016, releasing 2 million cubic meters of aluminum production byproducts. The toxic waste pond was located in Dahegou…

Treasure Coast algal bloom prompts state of emergency, Florida

Treasure Coast algal bloom prompts state of emergency, Florida

Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida's Martin and St. Lucie counties following the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. The executive order was signed Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It allows state and local governmental agencies…

Lake Baikal on the verge of unprecedented environmental catastrophe

Lake Baikal on the verge of unprecedented environmental catastrophe

Lake Baikal, the 25 million-year-old lake, and UNESCO's heritage site, is on the verge of environmental catastrophe, Russia's environmentalists warn. The proposed Mongolian hydro project could potentially disrupt the inflows and cause a tsunami of water in…

Severe mercury contamination in Amazon prompts state of emergency, Peru

Severe mercury contamination in Amazon prompts state of emergency, Peru

The Peruvian government has declared a 60-day state of emergency for 11 towns in Madre de Dios, a region in southeastern Peru’s Amazon Basin, after officials found alarmingly high levels of mercury. This highly toxic metal comes from illegal gold mines and…