Environmental disasters

3 million liters of oil floods Evrona Nature Reserve in one of Israel's worst environmental disasters

Israel is experiencing one of its worst environmental disasters after a pipeline breach near the Israel-Jordan border flooded Evrona Nature Reserve with about 3 million liters of crude oil on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.The breach occurred during construction work in

December 05, 2014

Billions of gallons of oil industry wastewater illegally injected into central California aquifers

Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aq

October 16, 2014

New toxic spills confirmed in Sonora, Mexico

After a massive toxic leak from Mexico's Buenavista del Cobre mine on August 6, 2014, three new toxic spills have appeared in Sonora, northwestern Mexico on September 18, 2014.PROFEPA, an environmental protection agency said late Sunday, September 21, that the new s

September 22, 2014

Environmental disaster for years to come - Massive breach of toxic waste pond at Mount Polley Mine, Canada

A dam at a waste pond on Mount Polley Mine in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, full of toxic heavy metals burst on August 4, 2014, releasing 10 million cubic meters of wastewater and 5 million cubic meters of toxic slurry int

August 14, 2014

Los Angeles neighborhood tests positive for hazardous lead contamination

A quiet neighborhood nestled near the Los Angeles River known as Boyle Heights is slowly being invaded, ever so slightly, by hazardous lead levels. The residents, standing on the curb of their beautiful tree-lined streets, didn't see the invasion oncoming, but

March 19, 2014

100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from Fukushima nuclear complex

Operator of tsunami stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex said on Thursday, February 20, that roughly 100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from one of the tanks again. According to the operator, a worker on patrol noticed water spilling from

February 20, 2014

Never before seen levels of radiation reported near Pacific

Operator of crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex said on Thursday, February 13, that the latest samples of water tested inside the complex contained radioactive cesium at levels never seen before by the embattled utility. TEPCO, while admitting there may be a

February 14, 2014

International marine science organization releases report on radiation in Pacific Ocean

If you've heard about Fukushima radiation spreading to the Pacific Coast of North America but were "corrected" by sources both official and expert that this was based more on rumor than reality, then consider the information presented at the October 2013

January 20, 2014

Radioactive fish continue to be caught near Fukushima

Japan used to account for 15 percent of global fish catches, but now, nearly three years after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami which struck Fukushima's Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011, sales are plummeting in Fukushima and the surrounding

January 15, 2014

Chemical spill ruins water supply, sparks state of emergency in West Virginia, USA

More than 300,000 West Virginia residents in nine different counties as of Saturday are on day three of a do-not-use water order. The order was issued after the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a foaming agent used in the coal cleaning process, leaked through a

January 15, 2014

Fukushima's two worst-case scenarios explained by Arnie Gundersen

Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the Tokyo Electric and Power Co., or TEPCO, to decommission two more reactors at its Fukushima power plant, which was heavily damaged following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The reactors, 5 and 6, were

December 04, 2013

Waters of southeast Florida covered in fluorescent green slime of toxic algae

Massive outbreak of toxic algae is reported at Florida’s southeastern coast. St. Lucie River, its estuary, and the Indian River Lagoon are slimed with fluorescent green toxic algae that grow on excess sewage, manure, and fertilizer runoff released

August 28, 2013

Satellite images show "Thailand oil spill" moving toward Koh Kudee but dispersing

Don't cancel your Thailand vacation just yet. Latest satellite images show oil spill is moving away from mainland and going toward popular tourist attraction Koh Kudee island but also dispersing to an extent. Blogger Richard Barrow said

July 31, 2013

Environmental disaster in Canada - Primrose oilsands site in Alberta unable to stop oil leaking for over nine weeks

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNR) operates the Primrose oilsands facility northeast of Edmonton where four ongoing underground oil blowouts have contaminated forest, muskeg and a lake and have already killed dozens animals. The sites are located in a remote

July 27, 2013

Fukushima leaking radioactive materials directly into the ocean

Breaking news from Tokyo, Japan confirms that levels of cancer-causing cesium-134 are showing up in groundwater samples at rates 90- 110 times higher than all previous readings at the Fukushima disaster zone. The announcements are coming from the Tokyo Electric Power

July 17, 2013

Research finds radioactive substance in sediment under a Swiss lake used for drinking water

Another striking radioactive story comes from Switzerland today. A radioactive substance cesium-137 was found in sediment under Lake Biel which is used for drinking water and is situated about 20 km, downstream Aare river, from the Mühleberg

July 14, 2013

Natural gas condensate leaking in Gulf of Mexico as operators lose control over the well

According to the report by US Coast Guard operators of natural gas and crude oil production platform in Gulf of Mexico, USA, lost control over one of the wells on July 9, 2013. Rainbow sheen is visible on the water surface and is estimated to be more than 6.5

July 10, 2013

Louisiana sinkhole swallowed 25 more trees and well pad access ramp

According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, giant Louisiana sinkhole swallowed 25 trees and a well pad access ramp, so now the collapsed area grew to 13 acres in size. The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Police

April 02, 2013

Europe's fish stocks at serious risk

More than half the fish consumed in the European Union today comes from imports. The EU hopes that radical reforms to its system of fishing quotas could restore European fisheries by 2020. However, experts are concerned that politicians could yet ignore scientific

February 11, 2013

Oil showdown in the Amazon - Big threat to Ecuador's ecosystem

There's an indigenous community in Ecuador that lives in a part of the Amazon where there are jaguars and more animal life than the whole of North America! It's an incredibly pristine, remote area and the whole ecosystem has been preserved. But the government is

January 27, 2013

Overexploiting of "charcoal" forests in Madagascar

Madagascar has seen a 10 percent increase in temperature and a 10% decrease in rainfall in the past 50 years, with a devastating impact on the farming and fishing communities, according to the World Bank report. People are facing chronic hunger and high rates of

January 09, 2013

New flyover videos confirmed new large Louisiana sinkhole collapse

Disturbing new flyover videos of Louisiana sinkhole showed the amount of land collapsed has increased in size. Last measurements show that the surface of the sinkhole area was 5.5 acres, or equivalent of five football fields.  Based on John Boudreaux, director

November 03, 2012

Hope for disappearing Aral Sea

The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest lake or inland sea – a rich haven for fish, birds and other wildlife. The Aral Sea began to shrink in the 1960s, when massive diversion of water for cotton and rice cultivation under the Soviet Union drained the two

October 25, 2012

Ground under Fukushima Unit 4 sinking, structure on verge of complete collapse

Though the mainstream media has long since abandoned the issue, the precarious situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan is only continuing to worsen, according to a prominent Japanese official. During a recent interview, Mitsuhei Murata, the

October 16, 2012

Even major oil company warns of a potential disaster of Arctic oil drilling

Arctic region is the world’s last untapped oil and gas reserves.With rapid ice melt the region becomes more accessible to oil and gas companies. Oil has been produced continuously onshore in the Arctic for several decades. Offshore drilling first took place in

October 01, 2012

Brazil has lost 80 % of the coral reef in last 50 years

The latest study by Brazil's Environment Ministry and Federal University of Pernambuco points that Brazil has lost 80 % of the coral reef once found along 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) of its northeastern coast in period of merely 50 years.According to leading

September 26, 2012

Elwha River - The largest dam removal in US history

For nearly 100 years, the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams have disrupted natural processes, trapping sediment in the reservoirs and blocking fish migrations, which changed the ecology of the river downstream of the dams.Several decades after building tha Elwha and

August 25, 2012

Ancient Egypt: Study augments the drought theories

Recent research testifies archeological records of droughts in Ancient Egypt during the demise of Egypt's old kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time. A study of ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta provides

August 24, 2012

WWF warns against Croatia, Bosnia hydro plant plans

Environmental group WWF warned against new plans to build hydro power plants in Bosnia and Croatia amid fears they could affect the Neretva river delta, one of Europe's rare wetland habitats. The planned projects would have a drastic impact on hydrology and ecology in

July 26, 2012

China's Three Gorges Dam at full capacity

The giant and controversial Three Gorges Dam on China's Yangtze River  started working at full capacity on Wednesday as the last of its 32 generators went into operation. Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest hydropower project and largest base of clean energy

July 08, 2012

Thousands of Mozambique Tilapia fish found dead on the river banks at Hatvalan, India

The problem of fish dying in large numbers has come to the fore of the banks of the Mula-Mutha (Bheema) rivers again. Fish have been found dead along the banks of the Mula-Mutha because of rising pollution and the latest in the series was recorded at Hatvalan near the

May 23, 2012

First wave of Japan tsunami debris hits Alaska

The first wave of Japanese tsunami debris has hit Alaskan shores and is turning part of the area into a landfill. There is no abnormal level of radiation but much of it is toxic, according to CNN video posted below.On Kayak Island, roughly 100 km (60 miles) southeast

May 22, 2012

World’s ‘most threatened tribe’ outnumbered 10:1 by invaders

The Amazon's Awa, "Earth's most threatened tribe," are outnumbered 10 to 1 in just one of their reserves according to Survival International, a leading advocate for tribal people's' rights worldwide. Brazilian officials acknowledged the scale of the emergency after

May 18, 2012

Forty million Japanese in 'extreme danger' of life-threatening radiation poisoning, mass evacuations likely

Japanese officials are currently engaging in talks with Russian diplomats about where tens of millions of Japanese refugees might relocate in the very-likely event that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility's Reactor 4 completely collapses. According to a recent

May 17, 2012

River Periyar in India turns toxic for fish - more deaths near Pathalam belt

For the second time in a week, massive fish deaths were reported from Pathalam belt in river Periyar, India,  triggering alarm and protests.Dead fish were found in bunches on the banks of river on Saturday morning. The local residents and councillors of Kadungalloor

May 14, 2012