Sep 12, 2014

West Australia scraps divisive shark cull policy

The government of Western Australia on Friday said it would abandon its controversial catch-and-kill shark policy after objections from the state’s environmental agency, in a move welcomed by conservationists. Premier Colin Barnett ruled out further use of drum lines to hook sharks off the ...

Sep 12, 2014

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report on Thursday that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent. Antarctica is a key to sea level rise, which threatens coastal areas around ...

Sep 10, 2014

Vietnam accuses China of beating fishermen

Vietnam has accused Chinese authorities of beating several of its fishermen and has demanded severe punishment for those involved in an incident that could increase tensions in a sea dispute between the communist neighbors. Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry posted a statement on its website late ...

BP's reckless conduct caused Gulf oil spill, U.S. federal judge rules

Sep 5, 2014

BP's reckless conduct caused Gulf oil spill, U.S. federal judge rules

BP acted “recklessly” and bears most of the responsibility for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge concluded Thursday, exposing the energy giant to roughly $18 billion in additional penalties. BP’s market value plummeted by $7 billion after the ruling as its ...