Volcanic Ash Stops Aussie Flights

A volcanic ash plume from Chile which has made its way across the Atlantic and Indian oceans is wreaking havoc on Australian airways, forcing a number of carriers to cancel all services. Thousands of travellers have been left stranded in

Anti Nuke Protests In Japan

TOKYO (AFP) – Thousands of people staged anti-nuclear rallies in Japan on Saturday as the country marked three months since its massive quake and tsunami, which resulted in the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years. Radiation continued to leak

Arsenic Water Linked To Boy’s Death

Police and government agencies are remaining tight-lipped about what may have led to the suspected poisoning of a young man from a Northern Territory cattle station. Ben Witham died last week in hospital in Adelaide. A memorial for the 17-year-old

Dakota Prepares To Evacuate

(Reuters) – National Guard troops were going door-to-door on Wednesday urging Minot, North Dakota, residents hit by river flooding to leave their homes as officials began to cut natural gas service to neighborhoods. Volunteers, contractors and National Guard soldiers and

Japan’s Elderly Head For Nuke Zone

In ancient Japan, or so the folktale goes, there used to be a mountain where old people were taken and abandoned once they reached 60 years of age. Although the practice of obasute was probably more rural legend than actual

6.4 Quake Hits Chile No Tsunami

SANTIAGO — A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Chile on Wednesday off the south-central coast, in an area hit by a deadly temblor last year, the US Geological Survey said. The tremor caused panic in some communities but there were

Mt Dieng Spews Dangerous Gasses

Poisonous gases spewing from Mount Dieng in Central Java caused increasing alarm on Tuesday as concentrations of one of the gases breached levels deemed safe for humans. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said

Toxic Metals Found In Chinese Toys

The national product quality watchdog has found heavy metal elements in some toy products, which experts say can accumulate in children’s bodies and cause chronic poisoning if they are absorbed. A recent spot-check by the General Administration of Quality Supervision,

Killer Cucumbers Claim More Lives

BERLIN (Reuters) – A killer bacteria linked to contaminated cucumbers claimed a 15th victim in Germany on Tuesday and its first fatality abroad when a Swedish woman who had been travelling in Germany died, authorities said. One of the largest

Millions To Be Gripped By Hunger

Oxfam called on Tuesday for an overhaul of the world’s food system, warning that in a couple of decades, millions more people would be gripped by hunger due to population growth and climate-hit harvests. A “broken food system” means that

Explosion At Japan Nuclear Plant

TOKYO (AFP) – An explosion was heard Tuesday at Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, but no rise in radiation levels nor any injuries were reported, the plant operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), which has struggled to control

1000’s Fish Dead In The Philippines

Several lakeside towns in the Philippines are struggling to cope with mountains of rotting fish that were killed by a sudden drop in water temperatures at the weekend. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says more than 750 tonnes

China Contaminated By Toxic Metals

China’s environmental protection ministry is cracking down on pollution caused by lead and other heavy metals following a spate of poisoning cases and reports that much of the country is contaminated with toxic materials. The new rules were announced late

Japan Sea Life Highly Radioactive

Greenpeace says data from its radiation monitoring in the ocean off Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant shows massive levels of contamination in seaweed and other marine life. The environmental group is warning that both the environment and people are at

Arsenic Found In Fish In Taiwan

The New Taipei City Department of Agriculture has launched an investigation into allegations that arsenic-tainted fish are being distributed for sale to wet markets in the Taipei area. The media report that made the allegations added that officials and consumers

14 Dead As Tornadoes Hit Midwest

PIEDMONT, Okla. – Violent storms rumbled through the central U.S. on Wednesday, spawning tornadoes that turned homes into splintered wreckage, killing at least 14 people over two days and hampering rescue efforts in a city slammed by a massive twister