Illegal rubble dumping blights Ibaraki mountains

Nov 25, 2014

Illegal rubble dumping blights Ibaraki mountains

Mountains northeast of Tokyo have become blighted by tons of toxic waste and industrial rubble dumped by unscrupulous contractors, including some hired to clear debris from areas hit by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. By the summer, more than 100 ...

U.S. probes huge coal ash spill after state inaction alleged

Feb 14, 2014

U.S. probes huge coal ash spill after state inaction alleged

U.S. authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident, which left a waterway polluted with toxic sludge. The U.S. ...

Water shortages leaving world high and dry

Feb 9, 2014

Water shortages leaving world high and dry

by Suzanne Goldenberg

On Jan. 17, scientists downloaded fresh data from a pair of NASA satellites and distributed the findings among the small group of researchers who track the world’s water reserves. At the University of California, Irvine, hydrologist James Famiglietti looked over the data from the ...

Feb 9, 2014

A glance at the world's major drought hot spots

by Tess Reid

1. California: The state’s water resources are at critically low levels and a drought emergency has been declared. The health department says 17 rural areas are dangerously parched. 2. Sao Paulo, Brazil: The country’s largest city is on the verge of water rationing because ...

Jan 28, 2014

'Human remains' found near Australian croc attack site

Police reportedly found human remains Tuesday in the search for a 12-year-old boy snatched by a crocodile in northern Australia, and scaled back operations on a body recovery mission. Police would not go into details, but acting commander Michael White said they had found ...

Revamped African Queen returns to Nile waters 60 years on

Jan 19, 2014

Revamped African Queen returns to Nile waters 60 years on

Sixty years after Humphrey Bogart steered her through crocodile infested waters, the African Queen is once again plying the Nile. Lovingly restored, the boat is operated by Cam McLeay, a New Zealand adventurer and Nile enthusiast, and took its first passengers for a ride ...