Sea Turtles Washing Up In Cape Cod Bay But the annual turtle stranding jumped this year — approximately 1,200 "cold-stunned" sea turtles have landed on the Massachusetts shore already, most of these critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles. It's an overwhelming number, and one that wildlife experts have been hard-pressed to explain.
"I am hearing a lot of theories, but the reality of the situation is we really don't know — nobody knows," said Connie Merigo, stranding program manager at the New England Aquarium. 2014-12-19 01:45 (businessinsider.com)
Pittsburgh Zoo rehabbing sea turtles from Massachusetts While the New England Aquarium usually treats and rehabilitates several hundred sea turtles each year, beginning in September and usually peaking between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this year’s total of 900 stranded turtles so far is “unprecedented,” Ms. Romasco said. The turtles are 5 to 10 years old and live to be 60 to 80 years old.
“It happens every year, but this year is off the charts,” she said. “Every time I check in, the numbers are so much higher.” 2014-12-02 12:00 (post-gazette.com)
Waste Water from Oil Fracking Injected into Clean Aquifers State records show waste water from several sources, including from the oil and gas industry, has gone into the aquifer below where 60 different water supply wells are located within a one mile radius.
“That’s a huge concern and communities who rely on water supply wells near these injection wells have a lot of reason to be concerned that they’re finding high levels of arsenic and thallium and other chemicals nearby where these injection wells have been allowed to operate,” 2014-11-14 11:52 (nbcbayarea.com)
Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean. 2014-11-10 12:00 (whoi.edu)
Drinking water safe after 5K-gallon spill into Ohio River Jack Karnes who has lived near California Nature Preserve along the Ohio River downriver from New Richmond since 1939 said he's never seen a spill on the river like this and he knew exactly what was going on when he woke up and took a deep breath.
"I hauled oil for 10 years," he said. "I knew what it was."
Dave Palanci, who lives in the same neighborhood, said he also smelled the oil when he woke up.
"I knew what it was, but I didn't know where it was coming from," Palanci said. "You knew what it was as soon as you smelled it."
The men, who were sitting in Karnes' garage Tuesday morning, said they weren't concerned about the spill because oil sits on top of the water and most fish sit on the bottom of the river. 2014-08-19 11:10 (usatoday.com)
Scientists alarmed by new mystery disease | Homer Tribune Sea stars along Kachemak Bay are found missing limbs, their flesh decayed to such a degree some observers are describing the sight as “melting sea stars.”
When this new mystery disease hits, suction cups on sea star tube feet fail them becoming too weak to cling to dock pilings. Their cups don’t adhere to rocks in their habitat tidal pools. 2014-08-05 12:00 (homertribune.com)
Thousands Of Jellyfish-Like Creatures Wash Up On Pacifica Beaches The beaches in Pacifica were glimmering blue after thousands of jellyfish-like creatures washed up on shore earlier last week.
The creatures known as Vellela Vallela are a close relative of the jellyfish, but don’t sting. 2014-07-28 02:55 (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
Peninsula marine life centers losing sea stars to mysterious disease “It's the largest mortality event for marine diseases we've seen,” Drew Harvell, a marine epidemiologist at Cornell University, told EarthFix, a public radio media project.
“It affects over 20 species on our coast, and it's been causing catastrophic mortality,” she added in a report published this month by the Public Broadcasting Service. 2014-07-27 06:55 (peninsuladailynews.com)
Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine. 2014-07-23 06:59 (reuters.com)
Near Spill, Reservation Wrestles With Oil's Impact Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, whose subsidiary Arrow Pipeline LLC owns the pipeline, says the toxic fluid travelled a snaking, nearly 2-mile path down into a ravine, eradicating a 200-yard stretch of vegetation along its way. But the company says there is no evidence the saltwater made its way into Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water for the reservation. 2014-07-12 04:13 (hosted.ap.org)
Bird decline 'smoking gun' for pesticide's effects Now, Dutch scientists have, for the first time, shown an association between the use of imidacloprid and a decline in common birds.
Claire Marshall looks at how neo-nicotinoids are affecting crops and wildlife
The researchers looked at 15 bird species that depend on insects as their main source of food. The Dutch have kept long-term records on the numbers and health of these warblers, swallows, starlings and thrushes. 2014-07-09 06:02 (https:)
Ebola outbreak: Death toll rises to over 140 in Liberia, Guinea A total of 142 deaths have been reported from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization said.
Dozens killed by ebola outbreak
Doctors work to isolate Ebola outbreak
The virus is still limited to the two nations, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, despite rumors of it spreading to other countries. 2014-04-23 08:04 (cnn.com)
World's banana supply threatened by virus, says UN group But now the Cavendish, which makes up about 95 percent of global banana exports, is dying from the fungus strain Ploetz found. The strain has hit the banana crop in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The worry is that it will spread to Central and South America—where the U.S. gets the vast majority of its bananas. 2014-04-22 12:00 (cnbc.com)
Crews Clean up Oil Spill in Texas Shipping Channel Environmental groups said the spill occurred at an especially sensitive time and place. The channel in Texas City, about 45 miles southeast of Houston, has shorebird habitat on both sides, and tens of thousands of wintering birds are still in the area.
At least 50 birds of six species have needed treatment due to the oil, said Richard Gibbons, conservation director of the Houston Audubon Society. The species include sanderling, ruddy turnstone and the American white pelican, Gibbons said.
Gibbons agreed that the majority of the oil could wash up as tar balls farther south. If it hits the coast sooner, it could damage the natural habitat of many more birds, he said. 2014-03-25 12:00 (abcnews.go.com)
Climate Change: Consensus Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,1and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources. 2014-03-23 12:00 (climate.nasa.gov)
The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because of growing evidence that the technology it uses is killing birds. 2014-02-12 08:17 (online.wsj.com)
Fukushima radiation levels underestimated by five times TEPCO has revised the readings on the radioactivity levels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant well to 5 million becquerels of strontium per liter – both a record, and nearly five times higher than the original reading of 900,000 becquerels per liter.
Strontium-90 is a radioactive isotope of strontium produced by nuclear fission with a half-life of 28.8 years. The legal standard for strontium emissions is 30 becquerels per liter. Exposure to strontium-90 can cause bone cancer, cancer of nearby tissues, and leukemia. 2014-02-08 07:03 (rt.com)
South Africa: 300 dead seals wash ashore in Cape Town A high tide or extreme wind conditions probably caused the animals to be washed off Seal Island on Thursday night and officials say it is not a particularly unusual phenomenon. 2013-12-22 12:00 (africanconservation.org)
Our view: Dead eagles a concern Utah wildlife officials aren't certain what has caused the recent rash of deaths, but indicate some of the eagles that were observed before they died suffered from head tremors. This may indicate some sort of poisoning. 2013-12-20 12:00 (standard.net)
1 million tons of Fukushima debris floating near US west coast? The worst-case scenario would be that the trash is housing invasive organisms that could disrupt the local environment’s current balance of life. Such was the case in Guam, where earlier this year it was announced that the US government intended to parachute dead mice laced with sedatives on to the island in order to deal with an invasive species of brown tree snake that was believed to have been brought to the American territory on a military ship over 60 years ago. In a little over half a century, a few snakes spawned what became an estimated 2 million animals, the likes of which ravaged the island’s native bird population and warranted government intervention. 2013-11-06 11:37 (rt.com)
Massive Starfish Die-Off Baffles Scientists Since Martin was diving in an area frequented by crabbers, at first he thought the sunflower starfish had gotten caught in some of the crab traps and had lost limbs escaping. But Martin kept seeing large numbers of dead starfish as he and his friends swam to a marine park where such crab fishing is illegal. Martin knew then it wasn’t the traps that were causing the starfish deaths. 2013-09-09 12:00 (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
Elk herd found dead in northeastern NM State biologists are trying to unravel a mystery of what killed a herd of elk in northeastern New Mexico.
More than 100 elk found were dead on a ranch about 20 miles north of Las Vegas this week. 2013-08-29 12:00 (krqe.com)
6 who were minors at time of nuclear disaster newly found to have thyroid cancer Six young people in Fukushima Prefecture, who were aged 18 or under when the nuclear crisis began to unfold there in March 2011, have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since June, prefectural authorities said Aug. 20.
In addition, 10 children are believed to have developed the same form of cancer. 2013-08-21 12:00 (ajw.asahi.com)
Study: Oil from BP spill still lingers off Florida's coast But oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, floating beneath the surface after being sprayed with dispersant, settled on a shelf 80 miles from the Tampa Bay region within a year of the spill's end, according to a scientific study published this week.
There is some evidence it may have caused lesions in fish caught in that area, according to John Paul, the University of South Florida oceanography professor who is lead author on the study, published in Environmental Science & Technology. However, research is continuing on that question. 2013-08-20 02:36 (tampabay.com)
Dolphins dying by the dozens along East Coast The carcasses of dozens of the marine mammals, seven times more than normal, have been washing up on beaches this summer, and scientists are struggling for answers to the die-off.
In Virginia alone, at least 164 dead dolphins have been found this year, said Joan M. Barns, public relations manager for the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach. Almost half of those, 78, have washed ashore in August, she said. 2013-08-20 12:00 (cnn.com)
Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima: What We Know: Scientific American TEPCO estimated that between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels (units of radioactivity representing decay per second) of radioactive tritium have leaked into the ocean since the disaster, according to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. The Fukushima plant is still leaking about 300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean every day, according to Japanese government officials. 2013-08-13 12:00 (scientificamerican.com)
Radioactive river mud threatens lakes, Tokyo Bay Ibaraki Prefecture is known for producing the largest eel catch in Japan. In May, the central government suspended shipments of eels caught in Kasumigaura and other locations in Ibaraki Prefecture after cesium levels exceeding the government standard of 100 becquerels per kilogram for food were detected. 2013-07-05 12:00 (ajw.asahi.com)
Bees dying by the millions Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees. 2013-06-19 12:00 (thepost.on.ca)
410 pigs and 122 dogs found dead in central China A total of 410 pigs and 122 dogs were discovered in homes and at farms earlier this week in a village that comes under Yanshi city's jurisdiction in central Henan province, authorities said Wednesday. 2013-04-17 08:28 (hosted.ap.org)
Chinese authorities kill 20K birds as avian flu toll rises to 6 Details of the slaughter of chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons come as the city prepares to temporarily close all its live poultry markets. It wasn't clear how long the market closures -- announced Friday on the Shanghai Municipal Government's microblog account -- would last. 2013-04-05 07:59 (cnn.com)
Fish deformities linked to oil pollution in U.S. and Alberta A renowned Alberta water scientist is urging the federal government to take action after he discovered deformities in fish in the Athabasca River downriver from oil sands developments bear a striking resemblance to ones found in fish after spills in U.S. waters.
2013-04-03 08:15 (cbc.ca)
Five floating dead black swans join China's animal apocalypse The journalist was not impressed by the scene he found the pond. The water had an oily quality to it, and quite a lot of garbage could be seen on the surface. From what he could ascertain from locals, many people often used the pond to rinse cloths, mops, mats and other items containing various chemicals. 2013-03-27 12:00 (danwei.com)
Fish Caught in Fukushima as Tainted as a Year Ago, Study Says Contamination levels were particularly high among species dwelling at the bottom of the ocean, as sinking radioactive materials tainted the seafood, the research showed. The findings, published today in the journal Science, suggest there is a continued source of radiation from the seafloor that will have a lasting impact, said Ken Buesseler, the study’s author.
“This means that even if these sources were to be shut off completely, the sediments would remain contaminated for decades to come,” said Buesseler, a senior scientist at Woods Hold Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. 2012-10-25 02:00 (bloomberg.com)
Fukushima mutant butterflies spark fear of effect on humans Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies living near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The gruesome discovery has led scientists to fear that the leaking radiation could affect other species. 2012-08-14 10:01 (rt.com)
Fukushima radiation seen in tuna off California Low levels of nuclear radiation from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima power plant have turned up in bluefin tuna off the California coast, suggesting that these fish carried radioactive compounds across the Pacific Ocean faster than wind or water can. 2012-05-28 03:16 (reuters.com)
Peru investigates mystery pelican deaths Authorities in Peru are investigating the death of over 538 pelicans, along with other birds, on the northern coast of the country, the Peruvian ministry of production said Sunday. The new environmental investigation comes on the heels of an incident earlier in April when 877 dolphins washed up dead on the same stretch of coast. 2012-04-30 02:29 (edition.cnn.com)
Gulf sea turtle deaths up, joining dolphin trend Federal scientists trying to figure out why dolphin deaths along the Gulf of Mexico are up this year now have a second challenge: a sharp jump in sea turtle deaths in some Gulf areas. 2012-03-30 10:43 (msnbc.msn.com)
Gulf Dolphins Exposed to Oil Are Seriously Ill, Agency Says Dolphins in Barataria Bay off Louisiana, which was hit hard by the BP oil spill in 2010, are seriously ill, and their ailments are probably related to toxic substances in the petroleum, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggested on Friday. 2012-03-23 03:13 (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
Honeybee problem nearing a 'critical point' "We are inching our way toward a critical tipping point," said Steve Ellis, secretary of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board (NHBAB) and a beekeeper for 35 years. Last year he had so many abnormal bee die-offs that he'll qualify for disaster relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 2012-01-13 10:25 (guardian.co.uk)
Catching a Coral Killer Coral reefs play an important role in marine ecosystems, so it's concerning to scientists, as well as ocean conservationists, that many coral reefs around the world are in distress or dying off.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sutherland has identified the first marine disease caused by humans, and it's proving fatal for Elkhorn coral in Florida. 2011-12-19 12:00 (nsf.gov)
Melting ice is Earth's warning signal and we cannot ignore it Ice is the white flag being waved by our planet, under fire from the atmospheric attack being mounted by humanity. From the frosted plains of the Arctic ice pack to the cool blue caverns of the mountain glaciers, the dripping away of frozen water is the most crystal clear of all the Earth's warning signals. 2011-09-24 12:00 (guardian.co.uk)
Is the End of Salmon Near? No matter which climate projections the researchers used, warmer waters spelled major trouble for the fish in the coming decades if people do nothing to help the fish. And the findings are likely to apply to a variety of salmon species up and down the West Coast, especially in California where temperatures are closest to the tipping point. 2011-09-14 07:00 (news.discovery.com)
13 animals hunted to extinction Almost everyone is familiar with the tragic story of the dodo bird, the passive, flightless bird that was hunted to extinction by humans only about 100 years after its initial discovery in 1581. The phrase "to go the way of the dodo" is a linguistic reminder that careless hunting of nature's creatures can end in tragedy. Though the phrase is an established part of our language, the lesson has taken longer to learn. 2011-05-15 03:40 (mnn.com)
South Korea Buries One Million Pigs Alive South Korea has been heavily criticized for burying up to one million pigs alive as it grapples with a foot and mouth disease outbreak.
South Korea Buries One Million Pigs Alive Enlarge photo
Since the first case of the disease was confirmed in November the country has embarked on a mass cull. 2011-01-07 05:32 (uk.news.yahoo.com)
2 million fish found dead in Maryland "Natural causes appear to be the reason," the Maryland Department of the Environment said in a news release. "Cold water stress exacerbated by a large population of the affected species (juvenile spot fish) appears to be the cause of the kill." 2011-01-06 09:41 (cnn.com)
'Carpet' of dead snapper on NZ beach New Zealand's Ministry of Fisheries officials are investigating after holidaymakers at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay found hundreds of fish dead on the sand on Tuesday. 2011-01-05 12:00 (dailytelegraph.com.au)
Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline The abundance of four common species of bumblebees in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects. Scientists said the alarming decline, which could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and farmed plants, was likely to be a result of disease and inbreeding. 2011-01-03 08:02 (guardian.co.uk)
Massive fish kill blankets Arkansas River Arkansas officials are investigating the death of an estimated 100,000 fish in the state's northwest, but suspect disease was to blame, a state spokesman said Sunday. 2011-01-03 07:00 (cnn.com)
The Associated Press: More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Ark. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area. 2011-01-02 02:35 (google.com)
Australia floods a 'disaster of biblical proportions' A woman drowned after trying to cross a flooded causeway in Australia, becoming the first victim of relentless flooding that one official has described as reaching "biblical proportions," police said Sunday. 2011-01-02 12:00 (msnbc.msn.com)
Nearly 70 dead bats found in Tucson Nearly 70 bats have been found dead in Tucson and Arizona Game and Fish officials are searching for answers. 2010-12-28 03:37 (azcentral.com)
Lake Mead sinks to a new historic low Lake Mead sank to its lowest level in nearly 75 years on Sunday, a stark reminder of how drought and growing water demands have sapped the Colorado River and its huge reservoirs. 2010-10-19 12:00 (azcentral.com)
Toxic Hungarian sludge spill reaches River Danube Toxic red sludge from a Hungarian alumina plant reached the Danube on Thursday and crews struggled to dilute it to protect the river from what the prime minister called an "unprecedented ecological catastrophe." 2010-10-07 05:30 (reuters.com)
80 pilot whales beached in New Zealand A second mass beaching of whales in a month has occurred in New Zealand. This time 80 pilot whales have beached at Spirits Bay at the tip of New Zealand's North Island. 2010-09-23 05:03 (digitaljournal.com)
Scientists Find Thick Layer Of Oil On Seafloor It's very clearly a fresh layer. Right below it she finds much more typical seafloor mud. And in that layer, she finds recently dead shrimp, worms and other invertebrates. 2010-09-10 12:00 (npr.org)
Cold empties Bolivian rivers of fish With high Andean peaks and a humid tropical forest, Bolivia is a country of ecological extremes. But during the Southern Hemisphere's recent winter, unusually low temperatures in part of the country's tropical region hit freshwater species hard, killing an estimated 6 million fish and thousands of alligators, turtles and river dolphins. 2010-08-27 12:00 (nature.com)
Thousands of dead fish reported at mouth of Mississippi "By our estimates there were thousands, and I'm talking about 5,000 to 15,000 dead fish," St Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro was quoted as saying in a statement.
He said crabs, sting rays, eel, drum, speckled trout and red fish were among the species that turned up dead. 2010-08-24 12:00 (physorg.com)
Ice Island Breaks off Greenland; Bigger Than Manhattan An ice chunk four times the size of Manhattan has broken off of Greenland's Petermann glacier—possibly the biggest glacier collapse in recorded history, scientists announced Friday 2010-08-06 12:00 (news.nationalgeographic.com)
Pollution makes quarter of China water unusable Almost a quarter of China's surface water remains so polluted that it is unfit even for industrial use, while less than half of total supplies are drinkable, data from the environment watchdog showed on Monday. 2010-07-26 09:33 (reuters.com)
China oil spill after pipe blast 'worse than thought' Officials say an area of ocean covering 430 sq km (165 sq miles) is now polluted - oil-eating bacteria and oil-skimming vessels are being deployed to remove the slick, which Greenpeace says is China's worst in recent memory. 2010-07-21 10:33 (bbc.co.uk)
Toxic spill from China copper mine spreads The report came as Zijin, China's third-largest copper producer, issued a statement apologising for the July 3 mishap -- which killed off nearly 1,900 tonnes of fish -- and its "improper handling" of information about the spill. 2010-07-19 11:42 (news.yahoo.com)
People in Northeast seek to beat triple-digit heat The heat already has claimed at least two lives. An elderly woman was found dead Monday night in a Philadelphia home without air conditioning, according to the city medical examiner's office. An adult was found dead inside a Baltimore home with a temperature higher than 90 degrees, the Maryland state health department said Wednesday. 2010-07-07 09:26 (cnn.com)
Snakes in mysterious global decline Researchers examined records for 17 snake populations covering eight species over the last few decades, and found most had declined markedly. 2010-06-09 02:45 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Desert storm: Huge cloud of sand descends on Chinese village The bad news for the government is that the desert is growing despite their best efforts to contain it. The process of desertification has been worsened by over-grazing, deforestation, urban sprawl and an increasingly erratic climate. 2010-06-01 12:09 (dailymail.co.uk)
Battling a Virus Ravaging East Africa's Cassava Crops The threat could become global. After rice and wheat, cassava is the world’s third-largest source of calories. Under many names, including manioc, tapioca and yuca, it is eaten by 800 million people in Africa, South America and Asia. 2010-05-31 12:00 (nytimes.com)
Hundreds die in Indian heatwave Record temperatures in northern India have claimed hundreds of lives in what is believed to be the hottest summer in the country since records began in the late 1800s. 2010-05-30 04:32 (guardian.co.uk)
The Gulf's silent environmental crisis Dolphins have washed up dead. Endangered sea turtles have been found with oil stuck on their corneas. Lifeless brown pelicans, classified as endangered until recently, have been carried away in plastic bags. Beaches in Grand Isle, Louisiana, are spattered with gobs of sticky crude. And when the moon rises over the coast there, the oil-soaked ocean sparkles like cellophane under a spotlight. 2010-05-28 09:40 (cnn.com)
Global warming may kill off fifth of global lizard species by 2080: study The research found that more than a 10th of Mexico's Sceloporus lizard populations have been driven to extinction in the last 35 years, with the figure projected to increase to almost 40% by 2080. The scientists projected their findings globally using data from other lizard populations around the world. 2010-05-14 10:41 (guardian.co.uk)
Flooded Nashville faces long recovery At least 27 deaths were blamed on flooding in the Southeast, 18 of them in Tennessee. And 10 of those Tennessee deaths occurred in Davidson County including Nashville, authorities said. "We all knew that there was going to be heavy rains this weekend, but Nashville normally gets about 5 inches of rain in the month of May and nobody could have predicted 15-16 inches of rain in 48 hours," resident John Rives said. 2010-05-04 01:54 (cnn.com)
North Pole rainfall 'bizarre' Spring showers are next to non-existent in the High Arctic, so Environment Canada's senior climatologist says he's baffled to hear that it rained near the North Pole this week. 2010-04-29 04:22 (cbc.ca)
Deadly airborne fungus in Oregon set to spread A deadly, airborne new strain of fungus has emerged in Oregon. It has killed nearly one out of four known affected people so far and might also attack animals ranging from dogs to dolphins. And it is likely to spread, researchers now warn. 2010-04-22 06:12 (msnbc.msn.com)
Oil slick spreads from sunken rig Up to 336,000 gallons could spill into the Gulf, based on the amount of oil the rig pulled out daily, O'Berry told CNN. And up to 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel could also leak, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashley Butler said. 2010-04-22 06:11 (cnn.com)
Burning rig leaks oil into Gulf of Mexico; 11 workers still missing Crude oil was leaking from the rig at the rate of about 8,000 barrels per day, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashley Butler said. The Coast Guard also is preparing for possible leaks of up to 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel but can do little to protect the environment until the fire is out, Butler said. 2010-04-22 12:18 (cnn.com)
Brazil awards rights to develop Belo Monte dam Environmental groups say the Belo Monte dam will threaten the survival of indigenous groups, and the lives of up to 40,000 people could be affected as 500 sq km of land would be flooded. 2010-04-20 12:43 (news.bbc.co.uk)
World's 4th Largest Lake Nearly Dried Up U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called the drying up of the Aral Sea one of the planet's most shocking disasters and urged Central Asian leaders to step up efforts to solve the problem. 2010-04-04 12:00 (cbsnews.com)
Drought extinguishes Venezuela's lightning phenomenon "This is unprecedented. In recorded history we have not had such a long stretch without lightning," said Erik Quiroga, an environmentalist and leading authority on the Relampago de Catatumbo, or Catatumbo Lightning. 2010-03-05 12:22 (guardian.co.uk)
Ice Shelves Disappearing on Antarctic Peninsula Ice shelves are retreating in the southern section of the Antarctic Peninsula due to climate change. This could result in glacier retreat and sea-level rise if warming continues, threatening coastal communities and low-lying islands worldwide. 2010-02-22 11:04 (usgs.gov)
TOXIC: Garbage Island Anyhoo, the idea that one of the biggest environmental disasters of our age had been going on outside nearly everyone's awareness piqued our curiosity, so we decided to head out there (the middle of the ocean) and see it for ourselves. 2010-02-17 09:16 (edition.cnn.com)
The attack of the killer everything Now we know that there are two prime movers in the ongoing amphibian massacre. One is the fungal disease chytridiomycosis; the other is... everything. 2010-01-20 10:25 (bbc.co.uk)
Acid oceans: the 'evil twin' of climate change "So ocean acidification, which is a relatively unappreciated problem, is as important as climate change. It's one that most people haven't heard of. Another way to think of ocean acidification is as osteoporosis of the seas." 2009-12-18 10:00 (washingtonpost.com)
Bolivia's Glaciers Melt Away Bolivia's Chacaltaya glacier - once the "world's highest" ski resort and a crucial source of water for millions of people - melted away in 2009. 2009-12-17 12:00 (video.nytimes.com)
Giant Fish Invasion Spurs Drastic Measure Employees of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources take part in a electronic fish salvage operation of game fish in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 in Romeoville, Ill. before a toxic chemical is to be dumped on a nearly 6-mile stretch of the canal as part of state and federal efforts to keep the voracious and invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. 2009-12-02 12:00 (cbsnews.com)
Thirsty camels face bullet after terrorising Australian town Australian authorities plan to round up about 6,000 wild camels with helicopters and shoot them after they overran an outback town in search of water, trampling fences, smashing tanks and contaminating supplies. 2009-11-26 12:03 (guardian.co.uk)
Biotech crops cause big jump in pesticide use The report by the environmental groups states that a key problem resulting from the increase in herbicide use is the emergence of "super weeds," which are difficult to kill because they have become resistant to the herbicides. 2009-11-17 12:09 (reuters.com)
Ecuador's Amazonians sue Chevron over poison waterways Tens of thousands of Ecuadoreans living in the Amazon rainforest are suing Chevron, the US oil company, for poisoning their waterways in what is billed as one of the biggest environmental lawsuits in history. 2009-11-15 01:38 (telegraph.co.uk)
What's killing the bats? At least 1 million bats in the past three years have been wiped out by a puzzling, widespread disease dubbed “white-nose syndrome” in what preeminent US scientists are calling the most precipitous decline of North American wildlife in human history. If it isn’t slowed or stopped, they believe bats will continue disappearing from the landscape in huge numbers and that entire species could become extinct within a decade. It’s enough to make some wonder: Is the bat in the cave the new canary in the coal mine? 2009-11-15 12:00 (boston.com)
The Last of the Bluefin Tuna? There is a strong likelihood that someone in this generation will be the last human to eat a bluefin tuna. By most scientific accounts, the species hovers on the brink of extinction, if it hasn't already crossed that line. 2009-11-13 08:43 (food.theatlantic.com)
One in five mammals threatened with extinction A fifth of the world’s known mammals, a third of amphibians and reptiles and more than two thirds of plants are threatened with extinction, according to the latest “Red List” of endangered species. 2009-11-04 12:00 (timesonline.co.uk)
Illegal logging responsible for loss of 10 million hectares in Indonesia Lush tropical rainforest once covered almost all of Indonesia's 17,000 islands between the Indian and Pacific oceans. And just half a century ago, 80 per cent remained. But since then, rampant logging and burning has destroyed nearly half that cover, and made the country the world's third largest emitter of greenhouses gases after the US and China. 2009-10-26 12:00 (independent.co.uk)
Tanker collision off Texas spills fuel into Gulf Clean-up efforts will begin later Wednesday, when a DC-3 airplane will drop dispersants on the spill, a Coast Guard spokesman said. The spill of around 18,000 gallons of heavy, No. 4 fuel oil, which was used to power the Krymsk, is relatively small and should dilute quickly, shipping sources said. 2009-10-21 12:01 (reuters.com)
Don't you just love beautiful photographs of birds? To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent. 2009-10-21 12:00 (chrisjordan.com)
Dust Turns Sydney Sky Red Sydneysiders have woken to a red haze unlike anything seen before by residents or weather experts, as the sun struggles to pierce a thick blanket of dust cloaking the city this morning. 2009-09-23 10:04 (smh.com.au)
China's cancer villages bear witness to economic boom One needs to look no further then the river that runs through Shangba to understand the extent of the heavy metals pollution that experts say has turned the hamlets in this region of southern China into cancer villages. 2009-09-17 08:25 (reuters.com)
Japanese town starts dolphin hunt under global spotlight Every year, crews in motorboats here have rounded up about 2,000 of the sea mammals, banged metal poles to herd them into a small, rocky cove and killed them with harpoons, sparing a few dozen for sale to marine aquariums. 2009-09-11 06:35 (news.id.msn.com)
Polar bear, arctic fox, caribou hurt by climate change They found the effects of a one-degree Celsius warming over the past 150 years were dramatic and cautioned that it is difficult to predict the consequences of an expected six-degree warming over the next century. 2009-09-11 12:00 (google.com)
Fall colors fade in U.S. west as aspen trees die Aspen, the white-barked trees with golden leaves that gave their name to the famed Colorado ski resort, have been dying off across the Rocky Mountain states. The die-off is puzzling but some foresters point to climate change. 2009-09-04 09:09 (news.yahoo.com)
Hijacked by climate change? On the global stage, loss of biodiversity - in plain speech, loss of nature - is one of the issues you will rarely hear leading politicians lamenting - despite the fact that governments pledged to do something about it as far back as the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, at exactly the same time that they were pledging to do something about climate change. 2009-08-27 01:17 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Revealed: the secret evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide Photos from US spy satellites declassified by the Obama White House provide the first graphic images of how the polar ice sheets are retreating in the summer. The effects on the world's weather, environments and wildlife could be devastating 2009-07-26 12:00 (guardian.co.uk)
Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities A mysterious glob of unknown material up to 12 miles long has appeared off Alaska's northern coast. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer says, "It's certainly biological. It's definitely not an oil product of any kind." 2009-07-14 10:48 (adn.com)
The Garbage Patch Over 7 million tons of plastic spanning an area twice the size of texas destroying our oceans and harming our food chains. 2009-06-17 12:00 (youtube.com)
Report: Climate change crisis 'catastrophic' The first comprehensive report into the human cost of climate change warns the world is in the throes of a "silent crisis" that is killing 300,000 people each year. 2009-05-29 11:10 (cnn.com)
Eels in crisis after 95% decline in last 25 years The number of European eels across the continent has declined by as much as 95% in the last 25 years, the Environment Agency says. Officials report that the number of young eels arriving in Britain's estuaries, rivers and streams this spring is significantly down on last year. Andy Don, an Environment Agency fisheries officer who has studied the eel for 20 years, said: "There is no doubt that there is a crisis. People have been reporting catching a kilo of glass eels this year when they would expect to catch 40 kilos. We have got to do something." 2009-05-01 12:00 (guardian.co.uk)
Chernobyl animals worse affected than thought: study The study showed that numbers of bumble-bees, butterflies, spiders, grasshoppers and other invertebrates were lower in contaminated sites than other areas because of high levels of radiation left over from the blast more than 20 years ago. 2009-03-17 10:01 (reuters.com)
Tidal wave of trash threatens world oceans Thousands of animals, including marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds and others, choked or were poisoned each year by eating trash, or drowned when they became entangled in bags, ropes and old fishing gear. 2009-03-11 04:45 (reuters.com)
Acidic seas fuel extinction fears Carbon dioxide emissions from human activities are acidifying the oceans and threaten a mass extinction of sea life, a top ocean scientist warns. 2009-03-11 03:00 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Mine waste trips up Alaska gold rush Lower Slate Lake, whose deep indigo waters are home to about 1,000 Dolly Varden char and a small species of fish known as stickleback, will become a repository for 210,000 gallons a day of thick slurry, laced with aluminum, copper, lead and mercury -- enough to kill all the fish and raise the lake's bottom by 50 feet. 2009-03-02 12:00 (latimes.com)
Undersea bombs threaten marine life "We know that these munitions are leaking cancer-causing materials and endangering sea life," said marine ecologist James Porter, associate dean of the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, who recently completed a research trip to Vieques. 2009-02-26 01:16 (cnn.com)
Global warming 'underestimated' "the impact on temperatures is as yet unknown, but warming is likely to accelerate at a much faster pace and cause more environmental damage than had been predicted." 2009-02-15 02:11 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Oil sludge oozes into Des Plaines River The thousands of gallons that leaked into the river killed an unspecified number of wildlife -- "nothing bigger than your hand," mostly fish and frogs, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman William Mitchell said early Monday. 2009-02-09 07:20 (cnn.com)
Bat-killing syndrome spreads in Northeast A mysterious and deadly bat disorder discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country. 2009-02-03 09:45 (msnbc.msn.com)
Acid oceans 'need urgent action' The chemistry is so fundamental and changes so rapid and severe that impacts on organisms appear unavoidable 2009-01-30 03:42 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Global Warming Is Irreversible, Study Says As carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, the world will experience more and more long-term environmental disruption. The damage will persist even when, and if, emissions are brought under control... 2009-01-27 12:00 (npr.org)
Antarctic ice shelf set to collapse due to warming A huge Antarctic ice shelf is on the brink of collapse with just a sliver of ice holding it in place, the latest victim of global warming that is altering maps of the frozen continent. 2009-01-19 04:14 (reuters.com)
Mystery Ailment Killing Endangered Pelicans In previous years, she says, the endangered pelicans have been plagued with domoic acid poisoning, a neurotoxin found in algae blooms. But that doesn't seem to be the primary cause of the current decline. 2009-01-16 12:00 (npr.org)
Removing cats to protect birds backfires on island the decision to eradicate the felines from Macquarie island allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of its fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover 2009-01-13 09:18 (news.yahoo.com)
Brown Pelicans Turning Up Injured and Confused Wildlife experts are trying to figure out why sick, disoriented and bruised California brown pelicans are being found in record numbers along more than 1,000 miles of coastline. 2009-01-07 11:45 (dsc.discovery.com)
Australia 'destroying life on Earth' AUSTRALIA’S use of coal and carbon emissions policies are guaranteeing the “destruction of much of the life on the planet”, a leading NASA scientist has written in a letter to Barack Obama. 2009-01-06 05:15 (news.com.au)
Lead for car batteries poisons an African town First, it took the animals. Goats fell silent and refused to stand up. Chickens died in handfuls, then en masse. Street dogs disappeared. Then it took the children. 2009-01-04 03:47 (msnbc.msn.com)
Metals pollute waters near US coal ash spill "Although these results are preliminary, we want to release them because of the public health concern and because we believe the TVA and EPA aren't being candid," Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chair of the Waterkeeper Alliance, said in a release. 2009-01-02 03:23 (reuters.com)
The Real Price of Gold "We closely monitor the quality of the tailings, pipes, and seabed," says Makkasau. "At that depth, we are only affecting some 'sea insects.' " 2008-12-28 12:00 (ngm.nationalgeographic.com)
Tennessee Ash Flood Larger Than Initial Estimate A coal ash spill in eastern Tennessee that experts were already calling the largest environmental disaster of its kind in the United States is more than three times as large as initially estimated, according to an updated survey by the Tennessee Valley Authority. 2008-12-27 12:01 (nytimes.com)
Over 2T tons of ice melted in arctic since 2003 More than 2 trillion tons of land ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted since 2003, according to new NASA satellite data that show the latest signs of what scientists say is global warming. 2008-12-16 07:10 (news.yahoo.com)
Chilean glaciers retreating due to global warming Chile's glaciers are on the retreat, a sign of global warming but also a threat to fresh water reserves at the southern end of South America, a report has found. 2008-12-07 05:15 (news.yahoo.com)
Climate change, drought to strain Colorado River Seven Western states will face more water shortages in the years ahead as climate change exacerbates the strains drought and a growing population have put on the Colorado River, scientists say. 2008-12-05 04:38 (news.yahoo.com)
Noisy oceans 'threaten sea life' Experts say the noises sea creatures use to communicate are being drowned out by noises from commercial shipping, new military sonar and climate change. 2008-12-03 09:36 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Canada oil sands seen threatening millions of birds Their study concluded that development of the oil sands, would be fatal for 6 million to 166 million birds because of habitat loss, shrinking wetlands, accumulation of toxins and other causes. 2008-11-30 11:19 (news.yahoo.com)
Acorn Watchers Wonder What Happened to Crop Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins. 2008-11-30 12:00 (washingtonpost.com)
Hurricanes are getting fiercer As this year's Atlantic hurricane season becomes ever more violent, scientists have come up with the firmest evidence so far that global warming will significantly increase the intensity of the most extreme storms worldwide. 2008-09-03 09:55 (nature.com)
Major ice-shelf loss for Canada The ice shelves in Canada's High Arctic have lost a colossal area this year, scientists report. 2008-09-03 09:38 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Massive Arctic ice shelf breaks away Temperatures in large parts of the Arctic have risen far faster than the global average in recent decades, a development that experts say is linked to global warming. 2008-09-03 08:36 (reuters.com)
Coastal erosion threatening to wipe out parts of Cotonou Coastal erosion in the Gulf of Guinea, including Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria, has been linked to climate change, and in turn to rising sea levels, flooding, and waterborne diseases 2008-09-02 12:00 (irinnews.org)
Ocean dead zones become a worldwide problem It's getting to be a problem of such a magnitude that it is starting to affect the resources that we pull out of the sea to feed ourselves 2008-08-14 03:09 (news.yahoo.com)
Erosion probed in Nunavut park Parks Canada officials say they have never seen anything like this before in Auyuittuq.
"Auyuittuq means 'land that never melts,' but of course now it's melting" 2008-08-06 10:37 (cbc.ca)
Newly Discovered Monkey Is Threatened With Extinction Just three years after it was discovered, a new species of monkey is threatened with extinction according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which recently published the first-ever census of the endangered primate. 2008-08-02 02:46 (sciencedaily.com)
How Air Pollution Impacts Nature: A New Report "We have yet to fully understand all the impacts, but they're large," says Tim Tear, a Nature Conservancy scientist and co-author of the report. "The more we look, the more evidence we find, and the worse it seems to get." 2008-08-02 12:00 (nature.org)
A 'Dead Zone' in The Gulf of Mexico The entire Mississippi watershed, and not merely the Gulf, is suffering the effects of agricultural runoff. About half the streams and rivers in the watershed are unsafe for swimming, drinking, recreational contact or use as drinking water... a major factor is intensified corn production, which relies heavily on fertilizer. 2008-07-31 12:00 (washingtonpost.com)
Canadian Arctic sheds ice chunk It is thought to be the biggest piece of ice shed in the region since 60 sq km of the nearby Ayles ice shelf broke away in 2005. 2008-07-30 10:39 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Ice sheet breaks loose off Canada Derek Mueller, a researcher at Trent University, was careful not to blame global warming, but said the event was consistent with the theory that the current Arctic climate isn't rebuilding ice sheets. 2008-07-30 08:10 (cnn.com)
Global Warming's Fish-Sex Effect A small increase in water temperature among sensitive fish like the South American pejerrey can result in a population that is 98% male 2008-07-30 12:00 (time.com)
Report tracks pollution at U.S. beaches U.S. beaches were in poor health last year, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, which said Tuesday that pollution in 2007 led to the second-highest number of beach closings and advisory days in 18 years. 2008-07-29 01:53 (msnbc.msn.com)
Eaten up His analysis shows how communities around the planet have been disempowered by a system that appears to offer an abundance of cheap food, but in reality dictates unhealthy and limited choices to an overworked and underpaid workforce that cannot afford any better. 2008-07-29 01:15 (guardian.co.uk)
Unexpected fall in puffin numbers One theory is that many of the birds are dying from starvation during the eight months they spend at sea. 2008-07-25 12:09 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Mississippi River Reopened after Oil Spill Some environmentalists worried about reports of fish and bird kills in sensitive marsh areas downstream, though officials said they had so far heard of only a handful of oil-covered birds. 2008-07-25 12:00 (nytimes.com)
"Greenhouse" bees spread disease to wild bees Disease spread to wild bees from commercially bred bees used for pollination in agriculture greenhouses may be playing a role in the mysterious decline in North American bee populations, researchers said on Tuesday. 2008-07-23 10:10 (news.yahoo.com)
Spread of killer fungus threatens British trees An aggressive new fungus-like plant disease spreading across Britain could destroy millions of garden shrubs, including historic ornamental plants, and transform the rural landscape. 2008-07-21 10:11 (independent.co.uk)
Mexican mangroves well worth saving The scientists say that Mexico grossly underestimates the mangroves' value in land sales aimed at aggressive tourism development and, by setting low prices for these coastal regions, puts them at high risk of large-scale destruction. 2008-07-21 12:00 (nature.com)
Warming West is ground zero for wildfires The American West has been warming dramatically during the past 60 years at a rate surpassed only by Alaska. This year has been particularly dry for California, with less snowfall, earlier snowmelt and lower summer river flows. 2008-07-21 12:00 (sfgate.com)
Wetlands could unleash carbon bomb Wetlands contain 771 billion tons of greenhouse gases, one-fifth of all the carbon on Earth and about the same amount of carbon as is now in the atmosphere, the scientists said before an international conference linking wetlands and global warming. 2008-07-20 01:19 (reuters.com)
Dead baby penguins found in Brazil Hundreds of penguins swept from the icy shores of Antarctica and Patagonia are washing up dead on Rio de Janeiro's tropical beaches. 2008-07-19 12:36 (msnbc.msn.com)
EPA finds global warming a health threat "It is very likely" that more people will die during extremely hot periods in future years, with the elderly, the poor and those in inner cities at the highest risk, an EPA report found 2008-07-18 08:42 (latimes.com)
Colorado River drought The south-western US is suffering its eighth consecutive year of drought. There are concerns that the Colorado River, which has sustained life in the area for thousands of years, can no longer meet the needs of the tens of millions of people living in major cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 2008-07-16 12:39 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Michael Gerson - The Whale Oil Economy Global climate, of course, has changed before. But climate conditions for the past 10,000 years have been relatively stable, to the great benefit of civilization. Current temperature increases point beyond that band of comfort and don't seem explainable by natural cycles. 2008-07-16 09:50 (washingtonpost.com)
EPA says greenhouse emissions endanger health In a 149-page document, the agency's scientists said that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal" and that potential health risks include more heat waves, floods and droughts, insect outbreaks and and wildfires, along with crop failure and decline in livestock and fisheries productivity. 2008-07-14 05:43 (reuters.com)
Russian researchers flee melting Arctic ice floe Russian scientists are evacuating a research station built on an Arctic ice floe because global warming has melted the ice to a fraction of its original size, a spokesman said. 2008-07-14 07:19 (news.yahoo.com)
Indian minister attacks biofuels Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that it is "outrageous" that developed countries are turning food crops into bio fuels. 2008-03-26 06:13 (news.bbc.co.uk)
Alaska Town Mulls Move To Escape Climate Effects Tidal erosion caused by warming temperatures continues to eat away at the shoreline and imperil not just the Yupik Eskimo inhabitants but their ancient way of life. In Newtok, population about 320, the chopping waters advanced 80 feet this year alone. 2008-01-09 12:00 (nysun.com)
BP gets break on dumping in lake Indiana regulators exempted BP from state environmental laws to clear the way for a $3.8 billion expansion that will allow the company to refine heavier Canadian crude oil. They justified the move in part by noting the project will create 80 new jobs. 2007-07-15 12:00 (chicagotribune.com)
Satellites Show Harvest of Mud That Trawlers Leave Behind Scientists have known for years that when fishing trawlers drag nets and gear across the ocean bottom they trap or kill almost all the fish, mollusks and other creatures they encounter. And the dragging destroys underwater features like reefs, turning the bottom to mud. 2007-05-15 12:00 (nytimes.com)
In Teeming India, Water Crisis Means Dry Pipes and Foul Sludge “Your whole day goes just planning how you’ll get water,” a weary Mrs. Prasher, 45, recounted one morning this summer, cellphone in hand and ready to press redial for the water tanker. “You become so edgy all the time.” 2006-09-28 12:00 (nytimes.com)