Tag Archives: Polluted Water

Trafigura settles over Ivory Coast toxic waste claims

Oil-trading company Trafigura has agreed to pay 30 million pounds to victims of toxic waste dumped in Ivory Coast in an out-of-court settlement, a spokesman for the firm said Sunday. The agreement with British lawyers Leigh Day and Company, who

Global Warming Apocalypse – James Lovelock

Five years ago, James Lovelock’s “The Revenge of Gaia” issued a terrifying warning: if humankind didn’t radically curtail greenhouse-gas emissions, there would, quite literally, be hell to pay. His new book out this year, “The Vanishing Face of Gaia,” says

Mafia sank boat with radioactive waste: official

Italian authorities have discovered a ship that was sunk by the mafia off the coast of southern Italy with 120 barrels of radioactive waste on board, a local prosecutor said Monday. The 110-metre (360-feet) long ship was found on Saturday

Argentina, Uruguay pollution row reaches UN court

Argentina accused neighbouring Uruguay in the UN’s highest court Monday of reneging on a bilateral treaty when it authorised a paper mill that Buenos Aires says is now polluting a shared river. The mill built by Finnish firm Botnia on

Seaweed suspected in French death

French investigators are examining whether a lorry driver has become the first victim of a toxic seaweed that is clogging parts of the Brittany coast. The driver died in July after carrying three truckloads of sea lettuce away from the

Climate change killing corals, costing billions

Climate change is killing valuable coral reef systems, a United Nations-backed report published on Wednesday warned. The report — entitled “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” — unveiled in Berlin, concluded: “We face the imminent loss of coral reefs due

China riot: 10,000 villagers clash with police over industrial pollution

Up to 10,000 Chinese villagers have clashed with police in eastern China in the latest incident in a wave of social unrest caused by fears over industrial pollution. The riot in the eastern coastal province of Fujian comes a week

U.S. finds water polluted near gas-drilling sites

U.S. government scientists have for the first time found chemical contaminants in drinking water wells near natural gas drilling operations, fueling concern that a gas-extraction technique is endangering the health of people who live close to drilling rigs. The Environmental

World’s Ocean Temperatures Hottest Ever

WASHINGTON — The world’s oceans this summer are the warmest on record. The National Climatic Data Center, the government agency that keeps weather records, says the average global ocean temperature in July was 62.6 degrees. It is the hottest since

Seaweed on French beaches ’emitting lethal fumes’

Mounds of rotting seaweed clogging beaches across northwestern France are emitting a toxic and potentially lethal gas, test results released by the government showed on Thursday. Tests were ordered on the foul-smelling algae, which green groups blame on nitrates fertilisers

Rich nations offer 15-21 percent CO2 cuts by 2020: U.N.

Industrialized nations excluding the United States are planning cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of between 15 and 21 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 under a new U.N. climate pact, official data showed on Tuesday. The numbers, issued to delegates

Beaches closed in France because of toxic poisonous algae

More beaches could be shut in northwestern France due to health fears over toxic algae, conservationists warned on Monday, after it emerged that algae have spread to almost 100 sites in Brittany. Doctors have warned that the algae pose a

Australia: Climate Change reef damage will cost billions

CLIMATE change will inflict more than $37 billion worth of damage to the Great Barrier Reef over the next century, a report has found. The Oxford Economics report, commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, put the economic cost of

WHO says climate change poses health risks

MANILA (AFP) – The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned Asia Pacific countries that they could be vulnerable to health risks and food shortages as a result of climate change.

Hundreds of ducks die after landing in oil sands in Canada

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta – Canada’s government was investigating an oil sands company after hundreds of ducks that landed on a partially frozen pond filled with toxic waste died. A flock of about 500 migrating mallards landed on the pond owned

Toxic metal Cadmium found in Oysters

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A heavy metal believed to be benign in the state’s coastal waters does in fact pose a threat to the health and survival of oysters, a University of North Carolina at Charlotte scientist says. The heavy metal