RedskyNews Category: Pollution

Japan Studies Near Fukushima Plant

Japanese scientists are studying how radiation has affected plants and animals living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, according to an official. Researchers are examining field mice, red pine trees, a certain type of shellfish and other wild flora and

Emissions Rise After Atomic Crisis

Japanese manufacturer’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, hurting the country’s carbon reduction goals, a report said Sunday. The trend will deal a blow to Japan’s target of reducing emissions by six percent from

China Water Polution Fears Widen

China said on Tuesday that it had detained seven company executives after tonnes of industrial waste including a toxic metal polluted a river, threatening water supplies for millions of people. A 300-kilometre (190-mile) stretch of the Longjiang River in the

UN Pushed For Climate Deal

..The world has no chance of sealing an emissions cut deal unless companies lobby their governments for an accord, the UN climate chief told the global business elite in Davos on Thursday. “Even though governments have said in Durban ‘yes

Toxic Metals Found In China River

HIGH levels of a cancer-causing heavy metal and arsenic have been discovered in a river and reservoir in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Despite efforts to dilute the pollution, carcinogenic cadmium still remained at three times permitted levels in

Cruise Ship Threatens Environment

The vast wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia shifted on the undersea ledge supporting it on Friday, forcing a new suspension in rescue work and threatening plans to pump oil out of the vessel to prevent a possible environmental

Smog Grounds Flights In Beijing

BEIJING — More than 150 flights to and from Beijing were cancelled or delayed on Tuesday as a thick cloud of acrid smog shrouded the city, with US figures saying the pollution was so bad it was off the scale.

40 Years To Scrap Fukushima Plant

..TOKYO (Reuters) – Decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will take three or four decades, Japan’s government said on Wednesday as it unveiled plans for the next phase of a huge and costly cleanup of the tsunami-wrecked complex. The plant,

13 Dead In Russian Oil Rig Disaster

Thirteen people have been confirmed dead and dozens more are missing after a Russian oil rig capsized and sank in frigid waters in the country’s far east. The exploratory oil rig was being towed to Sakhalin Island, north of the

Rapid Rise In Arctic Methane

Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region. The scale

Arsenic Found In More U.S. Water

An environmental monitor Tuesday identified 19 new sites across the United States where groundwater near coal-ash dumps from power plants was found to be contaminated with arsenic and other pollutants. The Environmental Integrity Project said the pollution — in some

Red Tide Shuts Oyster Industry

PORT LAVACA, Texas – In better days, the loading dock in this East Texas harbor city would be a bustle of activity: fishermen unloading sacks filled with fresh oysters, dealers paying by the sack for the bivalves, 18-wheelers hauling them

Leaking Japanese Reactor Is Closed

The operator of a nuclear power plant in western Japan has shut down one of its reactors because of leaking radioactive water. The shutdown at the Mihama nuclear plant means just eight of the country’s 54 reactors are online, with

Japan: Baby Milk Is Radioactive

Radioactive caesium believed to have come from the Fukushima nuclear plant has been found in a brand of Japanese baby formula. Caesium levels of up to 31 becquerels per kilogram have been found in baby formula made by the Meiji

Fukushima Leaks Radioactive Water

The operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant says at least 45 tonnes of highly radioactive water has leaked from the facility, possibly into the Pacific Ocean. A statement by the operator TEPCO said workers noticed a leak in a purification

Heavy Smog Blankets Beijing

Beijing airport has cancelled hundreds of flights after dense smog reduced visibility in the Chinese capital. Fog across parts of northern China meant motorways had to be closed and many drivers kept their headlights on all day.