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Findings of toxic contamination from Akara Resources' gold mine have been hailed as significant scientific confirmation of an environmental disaster in ... of TSF1, which indicated the water leaked from the well, as water from TSF1 had a different electrical resistance than water in the outside environment.
“What has saved us since the disaster are the loyal regular guests and the new visitors who have come to study our town's renewable energy plant. Without them, I'm sure we would ... In total, this town of about 340 residents took in around 1,000 evacuees after the 2011 disasters. Five of the 16 hotels in ...

What happens to a town that has been abandoned for seven years after a nuclear meltdown? Greenpeace took former residents and a 360-degree camera into the radiation zone north of Fukushima to mark the anniversary of the disaster. The Fukushima Daiichi plant was damaged by a tsunami triggered ...
President Trump has released his 2019 budget proposal, and when it comes to environmental policy, it's full of bad ideas. ... Senate Budget Chair Mike Enzi and Ranking Member Bernie Sanders to oppose these attacks on our health, clean air and water, and our efforts to preserve our environment for future generations. 2.
"We have seen a dramatic shift in weather patterns and trends, which means that we are operating in an environment of great uncertainty at this point in time," said Xanthea Limberg, a Cape Town city official. Putting it in perspective, the last two years of drought are seen by some University of Cape Town ...
Who will financially assist them in preventing yet another environmental catastrophe in Central Asia? And by the way, funding will assist them to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals. In total, €85 million is needed in order to address the most urgent needs in the seven hotspots. This target is to be met ...

Unlike other states, Texas does not have any regulations requiring storage tanks to have added protective measures against spills during natural disasters. At least 15 floating roof storage tanks failed during Harvey, allowing millions of pounds of harmful chemicals to escape into the air, industry reported to ...
Environmental and utility groups and energy companies such as Sunrun Inc. say funding for disaster recovery and mitigation planning is more important than ever, ... and not just after-the-fact recovery,” Kirk Johnson, senior vice president for government relations for the NRECA told Bloomberg Environment.
It's been characterized by experts as the country's largest environmental disaster, altering the ecosystems along the Rio Doce basin tremendously in ... In this instance, the chemical soup ended the life of a river, which has created an environment favorable to the outbreak of yellow fever spreading to other ...
According to Environment Minister Luis Gilberto Murillo, Ecopetrol will see “drastic sanctions” if the company “hid information that could've led to the prevention” of what some environmentalists call the biggest environmental disaster in the company's history. Almost four weeks after a pipe burst in the central ...
The meat industry has been linked to severe deforestation in South America in a new report compiled by Mighty Earth, Rainforest Foundation Norway, and Fern. According to the investigation, large-scale deforestation, fires, and human rights abuses in Argentina and Paraguay's Gran Chaco region can be ...
Lough Swilly is an “environmental disaster” due to the alleged failure of the marine authorities to properly control farming of oysters there, the High Court has been told. “What is happening in Lough Swilly currently is an environmental disaster”, said Paul Bradley, chairman of the Lough Swilly Wild Oyster ...
However this environmental crisis and the menace of climate change is not a natural disaster. It is the outcome of the capitalist system in its terminal crisis — brutally exploiting and crushing the working classes and spreading unprecedented poverty, inequality and devastating the planet's environment.
“We actually call these 'ecocide' projects,” says Cihan Baysal, an academic who studies urban development in Turkey and is a member of the Northern Forests Defense, a group of environmental activists in Istanbul. “These three projects are interrelated and they feed each other. The idea behind them is to ...
In her presentation, Eckstein discussed literature from two different environmental catastrophes, the first being the Bhopal disaster in which more than 500,000 people were exposed to methyl isocyanate gas because of an explosion in an insecticide plant located in Bhopal, India. The official death toll is ...
A new fleet of satellites could become the ultimate foil for fraudsters looking to make a quick buck in the wake of a natural disaster. ... "In the environmental and social sectors, we often have organizations solving 21st-century problems with 19th-century tools," says Andrew Zolli, vice president of global ...
With smoke rising, victims sobbing and medical personnel rushing to the scene, the 10th annual Disaster Day emergency scene was in full swing Friday. ... but also a chance for students to be in a more more accurate disaster environment, according to Jay Maddock, dean of the School of Public Health.

Inevitably, one of the topics on the table was climate change and the measures required to tackle environmental catastrophes. Our team spoke exclusively to His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates, to understand the region's ...
In the 1960s, a US citizen was largely responsible for alerting the general public to environmental issues in the country. Rachel Carson, a marine biologist, ... We are seeing more frequent natural disasters and extreme weather events across the globe, and the US is not immune. It has, in fact, been shaken ...
It's been characterized by experts as the country's largest environmental disaster, altering the ecosystems along the Rio Doce basin tremendously in ... In this instance, the chemical soup ended the life of a river, which has created an environment favorable to the outbreak of yellow fever spreading to other ...
... environmental disaster. Scientists say the degradation of shellfish reefs contributes to the release of stored carbon, worsening climate change and increasing coastal risks associated with more frequent and intense storms, sea level rise and ocean acidification. (Photo: AFP/Ben CLEVELAND). 15 Feb 2018 11:21AM ...
Our Saturday independent columnist Observer was horrified on discovering that plastic was being dispersed into the environment by a lack of litter picking on ... Make no mistake, Wealden District Council has committed an environmental 'crime' by failing to pick up litter along the Uckfield by-pass and letting ...
As disasters become more frequent and populations living in vulnerable areas increase, interest in the health effects of exposure to the combination of natural and technological disasters has grown. Flooding and disaster-related equipment failures can lead to far greater exposure to environmental health ...
Gov. Roy Cooper's recent approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline represents one of the worst environmental decisions ever made by a North Carolina governor. The pipeline crosses many streams in eastern North Carolina down the Interstate 95 corridor, and it will require the condemnation of many ...
February 8, 2018 —2017 was the most expensive on record for US natural disasters, according to a January report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ... For one thing, the effects of a disaster are wide-ranging – everything from the destruction of houses to the lost revenue from business shutdowns.
Japan's Taku Takeuchi takes part in the Men's Normal Hill off training Jump at the Alpensia Ski Jumping center ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images).
I ranian authorities have called attention to the issue of water shortage and the resulting problems of sand and dust storms as the country's most serious environmental challenges. The problems were highlighted in a two-day meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the ...
From left: Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council vice-chair Leonard Chan, United States Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin, Fiji Commerce & Employers ... The training is part of the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Ready project, which is strengthening the environmental and ...
A solution to a pending “environmental disaster” in North Devon may be “in sight”, according to a group charged with protecting one of the area's “hidden assets”. Braunton Marsh's sea wall was ... “We will work with the Environment Agency to develop a maintenance plan for the future. The Marsh Drainage ...
“It's a scam that will gut or significantly change at least 10 bedrock environmental laws to make it easier for corporations to bypass critical protections for air, water and wildlife,” said Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for energy and environment policy at the Center for American Progress.
“The Montecito case shows us that we — all of us, regardless of class or race — are at some level of risk,” Julie Maldonado, who teaches a class called “Risks, Vulnerability, Resilience, Disasters” at the University of California Santa Barbara's Department of Environmental Studies, told me. “The impacts of ...
The prepping movement contains overzealous elements, particularly in the US, where natural disasters are bigger and badder and, well, the guns. ... supermarket to quickly disappear – a financial collapse, say – and, second, for something bigger: a national pandemic, a major environmental catastrophe.
For the year ahead, environmental risks top the list, climate foremost among them, alongside cybersecurity, in the wake of massive corporate data ... The report finds the world has become “remarkably adept” at mitigating conventional risks, likely referring to disasters such as infrastructure failures or airline ...
Microplastics are a disaster for the environment and our health - here's how you can reduce their impact. Everyday, tiny plastic particles are entering our bodies via the air and our food and damaging our health. Share; Comments. By. Antonia Paget. 18:36, 27 JAN 2018. News. Our oceans are now filled with disposable ...
He's gone after nearly 60 different environmental rules, including ones designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The one area where the Trump administration is succeeding is hurting the environment and making U.S. more vulnerable to climate impacts. Under Trump's orders, scientists are gagged ...
By evaluating Santa Cruz neighborhoods across five measures of “social vulnerability” — age, income, disability, language and crime — Calil quantified the ability of the city's neighborhoods to prepare for, cope with and recover from natural disasters. The analysis is a major new part of the city's updated ...
SANTA CRUZ >> The city's most vulnerable communities may bear the brunt of disasters caused by climate change, a new analysis says. The entire Bay Area and Central Coast will suffer from future storms that are projected to dish out bigger waves, dump more rain and ramp up coastal erosion.
For the second year running, business and political leaders think the world's biggest threat is extreme weather, according to the latest Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) published today. In recent years, economic risks such as market collapses, fiscal crises, and systemic financial ...
All five environmental risks — extreme weather; biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; major natural disasters; man-made environmental disasters; and failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation — were responders' biggest concerns. Extreme weather events — what the WEF called “billion ...
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that cost 11 lives and the spill of millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in what is the largest environmental disaster in the history of the oil industry in the U.S., has cost BP a total US$62 billion, as of 2016 calculations. The after-tax figures came in at ...
The state Senate on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to direct BP oil disaster settlement money the Legislature is receiving be spent to benefit the Coast. But the ... They note Coast governments have received separate settlements and major environmental projects are being funded separately. All told ...
In the shadow of the pipes and smokestacks that turn oilsands into flowing crude, earthen dams as long as 11 miles encircle lakes of toxic sludge, the byproduct of decades of extraction. These waste pools — known as tailings ponds — represent perhaps the most serious environmental challenge facing the ...
The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on Sunday, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the 32 sailors were recovered. The ship was carrying 136,000 tons, or about 1 million barrels, of oil, that now threatens to ...
A State Oceanic Administration official reached by phone said the administration is collecting data from the spill area, and the administration said on its website that the spill will have an impact on the environment. All 32 crew members on board the vessel that had been burning for a week were presumed ...
Looking out from the high-ground in the middle of Kutupalong, in Cox's Bazar on the coast of Bangladesh near the Myanmar, two sights fill the eyes: Myanmar's green hills silhouetted in the east and dehydrated, denuded mounds pocked by the blue-black tarpaulin sheets of makeshift shelters everywhere ...
Oil tanker burning in East China Sea could cause environmental disaster ... The resulting spill would be about three times as big as the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, one of the worst environmental disasters in history. It would ... If the ship does not sink, the environmental impact would be much more limited.
With numerous people still missing, rescue and clean-up efforts are being hampered by a highly explosive cargo. Source: BBC. Related. Environment · Asia · New Zealand. Kiwi falls against Aussie as building approvals across the Tasman climb. 12:24am. share. Source: NZN. The New Zealand dollar fell against the ...
Shen Xiaoye, head of the policy department at the Ministry of Environmental Protection's Policy Research Centre for the Environment and Economy, told chinadialogue that with China's economy growing and living standards improving, quality products and experiences are becoming important factors in ...
The US experienced a record year of losses from fires, hurricanes and other weather related disasters in 2017, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). Total losses amounted to $306bn the agency said, over $90bn more than the previous record set in 2005. Last year ...
... tanker, filled with 130 tons of highly volatile condensate crude, has been burning for the past three days, raising fears of an environmental catastrophe. ... and very similar to gasoline,” Peter Hodson, a professor in the Department of Biology and School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University, told ...


 

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