Saturday, March 12th 2011 - 05:33 UTC

Nuclear emergency and thousands of residents evacuated

The cooling problems at the Japanese plants raised fears of a repeat of 1979 Three Mile Island accident

The Japanese government declared a state of emergency at five nuclear reactors as cooling systems failed. Authorities battled Saturday to contain rising pressure at the plants damaged by a massive earthquake and were moving tens of thousands of residents from the area.

Saturday, March 12th 2011 - 05:21 UTC

Japan begins huge relief effort: hundreds killed but more feared disappeared

Whole villages were swept away and coastal towns are under water

A mammoth relief mission is swinging into action in north-east Japan, a day after it was struck by a devastating tsunami, claiming hundreds of lives. Whole villages have been washed away and at least one town has been largely destroyed.

Friday, March 11th 2011 - 00:53 UTC

Decline of bees’ colonies threatens pollination, essential for growing more crops

Scientists are warning that without profound changes to the way human-beings manage the planet declines in pollinators needed to feed a growing global population are likely to continue.

More than a dozen factors, ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of memory-damaging insecticides to the world-wide spread of pests and air pollution, may be behind the emerging decline of bee colonies across many parts of the globe.

Thursday, March 10th 2011 - 22:26 UTC

New Zealand cuts basic interest rate to help with earthquake recovery

The country’s second city was virtually flattened

New Zealand's central bank has cut the cost of borrowing to try to reduce the economic impact of the earthquake in Christchurch, the country's second largest city. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand cut the key interest rate 0.5 points to 2.5%.

Wednesday, March 9th 2011 - 21:17 UTC

Ice losses in both caskets and rising sea level faster than estimated

Sea level rising 3 mm per year, should reach 15 cm by 2050

Ice loss from Antarctica and Greenland has accelerated over the last 20 years, research shows, and will soon become the biggest driver of sea level rise. From satellite data and climate models, scientists calculate that the two polar ice sheets are losing enough ice to raise sea levels by 1.3mm each year.

Wednesday, March 9th 2011 - 21:03 UTC

Critically low oxygen blamed for massive death of fish in South California

Millions of dead sardines floating in Redondo beach marina  (Reuteur)

Critically low oxygen levels have been measured in a southern Californian harbour after millions of dead fish were washed up in Redondo Beach's marina, close to Los Angeles. A local scientist, Brent Scheiwe, said he took dissolved oxygen level readings in the harbour and found them at almost zero.

Wednesday, March 9th 2011 - 05:10 UTC

Wikileaks reveals Chilean government changed environment rules to please US interests

President Michelle Bachelet, who later ended with a top UN post, at the core of the discussion

Wikileaks cables last week revealed that the U.S. Embassy in Santiago pressured Chilean government officials in 2009 to change environmental rules so that a controversial thermoelectric plant could be built.

Tuesday, March 8th 2011 - 23:29 UTC

Monte Grande dam project in the Amazon steams full ahead

In spite of Carnival, heavy equipment has begun to level ground next to the Xingú River

Work on the Belo Monte giant hydroelectric dam complex in the Amazon, which has generated much controversy in Brazil because of its environmental impacts, officially began Monday, (in spite of Carnival celebrations) according to the Norte Energia consortium.

Monday, March 7th 2011 - 13:43 UTC

Flying with the Albatross

THE British Royal Navy and the company British International helicopters have been assisting Islander conservationists in vital surveys of the majestic Black-browed albatross in the Falkland Islands.

Saturday, March 5th 2011 - 06:44 UTC

About 70.000 people, 20% of the population have fled from Christchurch

Rescue officials say no bodies were found in the rubble of the city's iconic cathedral

About 70,000 people, or 20% of the population, have fled Christchurch, New Zealand's second-largest city, since last week's devastating earthquake, Mayor Bob Parker said Friday.


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