RedskyNews Category: Pollution

Fuel Rods Burn Through Concrete

Molten fuel rods at the Fukushima nuclear plant may have eaten two-thirds of the way through a concrete containment base, the plant’s operator says. The statement from TEPCO is based on a new simulation of the March meltdowns.

Toxic Timebomb In South Africa

We meet Mariette Lieferink in a McDonalds near Gauteng, on the edge of Johannesburg, buying a dozen sickly sweet drinks. She’s no one’s idea of a leading environmental activist. She wears a tight-fitting, scarlet, embroidered Chinese dress, high heels, and

Toxic Metals Contaminate China

A new report on environmental pollution in China has shown that around ten per cent of the country’s farmland is heavily contaminated with lead, zinc, and other heavy metals. China’s Southern Metropolitan Daily reports that Wan Bentai, the chief engineer

Radiation Covers 8pc Of Japan

Japan’s science ministry says 8 per cent of the country’s surface area has been contaminated by radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. It says more than 30,000 square kilometres of the country has been blanketed by radioactive caesium.

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High

The amount of global warming-causing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rose to a new high in 2010 and the rate of increase has accelerated, the UN weather agency said on Monday. Levels of carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas and

Japan CO2 Emissions Increase

Japan’s emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) due to energy generation rose 4.4 percent to 1.12 billion tonnes in the year to March, marking the first annual rise in three years, the government said Friday. The gain reflected a 4 percent

Europe’s Amphibians Face Extinction

Amphibians living in tropical regions, which traditionally boast the highest diversity of animal species, are under the biggest threat in the future, researchers say. Half of all Europe’s frogs, toads and newts could also be driven to extinction within 40

Radiation In France’s Atmosphere

France’s nuclear watchdog on Tuesday said it had detected traces of radioactive iodine in the air last week after similarly low contamination was reported by the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Austria. Concentrations of iodine 131 measuring a few microbecquerels

Radioactive Particles Found In EU

Very low levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe but the particles are not believed to pose a public health risk, the UN nuclear agency said. The International Atomic Energy Agency, the

Beijing Pollution Hazardous

Air pollution in Beijing reached “hazardous” levels on Monday, the US embassy said, as thick smog blanketed the city for the third day running, forcing the closure of highways and cancellation of flights. The Chinese capital is one of the

Jakarta Mussels Have Toxic Metals

Authorities in Jakarta are no longer issuing permits to farmers to harvest green mussels because water pollution levels are so high. At the same time, they are trying to encourage farmers to switch to catfish farming or move their operations

Energy Efficiency Act Becomes Law

LONDON (Reuters) – An energy act came into law on Wednesday which aims to boost energy efficiency in residential homes, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said. More than half of homes have insufficient insulation, and around 50

Hungary Faces New Sludge Threat

An Austrian government expert criticised on Thursday a toxic red mud reservoir bordering the Danube in northern Hungary as a “high risk site,” questioning the stability of the dyke. The bottom of the reservoir in Almasfuzito was water-permeable, allowing hazardous

Strontium-90 250Km From Fukushima

Elevated levels of radioactive strontium, which can cause cancer, have been found 250 kilometres from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. The find in the city of Yokohama has heightened fears that radiation has spread further than the Japanese government has

New Zealand Oil Spill Worst Ever

New Zealand says an oil spill from a container ship stranded off the North Island coast has become the country’s worst maritime pollution disaster. The amount of oil spewing from the stricken vessel Rena, which hit a reef last Wednesday,

Birds Found Dead In Oil Slick

A container ship that ran aground on a reef about 20 kilometres off the New Zealand coast has caused a five-kilometre oil slick. Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has deemed the Liberian-flagged ship Rena hazardous after it ran aground on a