Friday, November 27th 2015 - 11:07 UTC

Australia's BHP denies UN report on 'toxic' mine spill from collapsed dam in Brazil

The in Minas Gerais state left 13 people dead, devastating several villages. The noxious river has trailed 500km from the mine into the Atlantic Ocean.

Australian mining giant BHP says mud spilled by the devastating collapse of a dam at a Brazilian mine is not toxic. On Thursday the UN said the dam burst at the Samarco mine unleashed a flood equivalent to “20,000 Olympic swimming pools of toxic mud”.

Thursday, November 26th 2015 - 17:39 UTC

UK's Cammell Laird will build BAS new £200 million polar research ship

 Cammell Laird chief executive, John Syvret CBE, met with NERC chief operating officer Paul Fox (L) to seal the deal in Birkenhead

The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be selected as the preferred bidder to build a new vessel for the UK-funded Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The contract was signed last week and it is expected that full production will start in June next year, and on completion the vessel will be operated by NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Friday, November 20th 2015 - 10:16 UTC

BHP Billiton and Vale face civil lawsuit of US$ 3.69bn over dam collapse in Brazil

The mud wave destroyed homes in Minas Gerais, contaminated the Rio Doce river and threatens drinking water and wildlife in next door Espirito Santo

A BHP Billiton and Vale joint venture in Brazil is facing its first civil lawsuit over the dam collapse at its iron ore mine on November 5 that buried a town and contaminated the region's main river.

Friday, November 13th 2015 - 09:23 UTC

Mine disaster: Brazil fines BHP Billiton and Vale; expects companies to pay cleanup costs

Rousseff, who overflew the disaster area said the fines could be followed by penalties from other federal or state agencies.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has slapped preliminary fines worth 250 million Reais ($94 million) against a BHP Billiton-Value owned mine in Minas Gerais state where two dams burst, killing at least seven people.

Wednesday, November 11th 2015 - 07:07 UTC

Brazil's mining disaster impacts BHP Billiton shares on fears of cleanup costs

The cost to the companies, including for cleanup and rebuilding, could top US$1 billion, according to analysts who estimate the mine could be closed until 2019

Investors continued to dump shares in mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd. following the deadly dam burst last week at its jointly owned iron-ore mine in Brazil, even as the company sought to clarify responsibility for the disaster that has already claimed the lives of three people.

Tuesday, November 10th 2015 - 08:40 UTC

Global temperatures are 1.02C above 1850/1900 average, and climbing, warns UK Met Office

The new data is certain to add urgency to political negotiations in Paris later this month aimed at securing a new global climate treaty.

Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels according to the UK's Met Office. Figures from January to September this year are already 1.02C above the average between 1850 and 1900.

Tuesday, November 10th 2015 - 08:05 UTC

Brazil's mining disaster forces cities 300km downstream to cut drinking water supply

The iron ore mine is operated by Samarco but is a joint venture between Australia's BHP Billiton and Vale Doce

Mud and wastewater from burst dams at a Brazilian iron ore mine cut off drinking water and raised health and environmental concerns in cities more than 300 km downstream on Monday, amid increasingly dire search efforts in a village devastated by the mudslides.

Monday, November 9th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

North of Chile rattles with a series of tremors which were felt in Argentina

US Geological Survey said one of the quake's epicenter was about 100 km south of Coquimbo; it struck at 4:32 AM and also woke residents in Santiago

North of Chile has been rocked by a series of tremors during early Saturday and most of Sunday, but no injuries or damage has been reported, the University of Chile's Seismology Institute said. The earthquake shook an estimated 20 cities, Arica, Cuya, Pocon Chile, Camina, Mamiña and Pisagua, the national emergency management office said.

Monday, November 9th 2015 - 08:02 UTC

Mining disaster in Brazil: 28 remain disappeared; BHP Billiton CEO flying to Minas Gerais

The intensity of the destruction, with flooding and mud as far as 100km away from the mine, has meant a slow and laborious rescue effort.

Brazilian authorities are still struggling to determine what caused the rupture in dams at an iron ore mine and desperately working to recover the bodies of as many as 28 people believed to have been swept away in the massive mudflow and flood.

Wednesday, November 4th 2015 - 07:18 UTC

Australia announces construction of new icebreaker and more funds for Antarctic research

The new icebreaker will be faster (max speed of 16 knots), larger (156 meters long), and stronger with a 1.65-meter icebreaking capacity

The Australian government has provided the first look at Australia's new icebreaker, a ship it says will offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.


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