Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Jan 24, 2015

Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the United Nations from declaring the site in danger. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he had ...

Jan 12, 2015

Move over Nessie, Scotland gets new, prehistoric marine reptile

Scotland has its very own prehistoric marine reptile — and, no, we’re not talking about Nessie, the mythic Loch Ness monster. Scientists have announced the discovery of the fossil remains of a dolphinlike seagoing reptile on Scotland’s Isle of Skye that lived about 170 ...

Dec 8, 2014

23% of 'purified' water in China is polluted, tests show

Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China’s top safety watchdog was substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper said on Monday. The findings underline the challenge to controlling supply chains in China, ...

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 ...

Contaminated water swamps Fukushima No. 1 cleanup

Nov 16, 2014

Contaminated water swamps Fukushima No. 1 cleanup

More than three years into the massive cleanup of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the wrecked reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods. Instead, nearly ...

Oct 28, 2014

Two million barrels of oil on ocean floor after BP spill

Around 2 million barrels of oil from the BP spill off the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2010 are believed to have settled on the ocean floor, according to a study. The fate of 2 million of the nearly 5 million barrels that gushed into ...