Nitrogen footprint warning from European agencyGuardian Unlimited | 10 Apr 2011
New study says nitrogen pollution costs every person in Europe £650 a year in damage to water, climate, health and wildlife. Nitrogen pollution is costing every person in Europe up to £650 a year in damage to water, climate, health and wildlife, a study warns. Scientists behind the research said nitrogen was needed as fertiliser to help feed a growing world population - but suggested that eating less meat could reduce the amount of pollution caused by agriculture.
South Korean schools close amid radiation fearsGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
More than 100 schools close in Gyeonggi province, despite the PM's office saying radiation levels in rain pose no health risk. More than 100 South Korean schools have cancelled or shortened classes over fears that rain falling across the country may show traces of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The Education Office of Gyeonggi province said it allowed schools to decide whether to open on Thursday.
Shale gas stirs ecology fears in South Africa's KarooReuters | 08 Apr 2011
South Africa's Karoo, a vast arid wilderness, may contain gas reserves that could solve the country's energy problems -- but only through an extraction process called fracking that has greens seeing red.
'Brace for more extremes'The Australian | 05 Apr 2011
A warmer Australia may face fewer storms like this year's devastating Cyclone Yasi but they could be more intense, extreme weather experts said today. And Australians need to look beyond the experiences of their own lifetimes when preparing for extreme weather events like floods, fires and cyclones in the future.
Doctors urged to take climate leadership roleGuardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
Military and medical experts call on doctors to use their position of trust in society to build support for action on climate change. Doctors must take a leading role in highlighting the dangers of climate change, which will lead to conflict, disease and ill-health, and threatens global security, according to a stark warning from an unusual alliance of physicians and military leaders.
Fukushima soil contains plutonium traces, according to Japanese officialsGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
Government says levels are not harmful to human health as anxiety grows over leaks at stricken nuclear power plant. Traces of plutonium have been found in the soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese officials said on Monday, but not at levels considered harmful to human health. The discovery of plutonium - a byproduct of nuclear reactions - added to anxiety over the stricken plant, 150 miles north of Tokyo.
Japanese nuclear firm admits error on radiation readingGuardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Tokyo Electric Power says initial reports of levels 10m times higher than normal in parts of No 2 reactor were inaccurate. Fresh doubt has been cast on the handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis after officials admitted wildly overstating levels of radiation, prompting an evacuation of the...
China battery plant manager held in lead poisoning caseReuters | 27 Mar 2011
The general manager of a battery plant in eastern China faces environmental pollution charges after lead emissions from the plant poisoned nearly 170 villagers, including 53 children, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday.
U.S. nuclear agency plans safety review of reactorsReuters | 23 Mar 2011
The top U.S. nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved the launch of a safety review of U.S. nuclear reactors sought by President Barack Obama in response to the ongoing crisis at Japan's Fukushima plant.
Is the French public beginning to doubt nuclear?Guardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
Even before Fukushima, the relationship between France and its dominant nuclear industry was being tested for the first time. The presence of the Gravelines nuclear power plant in northern France is unmissable for miles around, where dozens of lines of enormous pylons march six abreast across the landscape, each hung with heavy cables that carry 7% of France's electricity across the country.
Canada nuclear plan gets environmental OKReuters | 22 Mar 2011
Canadian regulators see no big environmental impact from a plan to expand a nuclear power station 70 km (45 miles) from Canada's biggest city, Toronto, but Greenpeace activists halted a second day of hearings with pleas for a delay while Japan unravels its nuclear mess.
German nuclear panel to probe cooling at plantsReuters | 22 Mar 2011
Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said on Tuesday that Germany's Nuclear Safety Commission will focus on issues including emergency power supply and cooling systems when it reviews all the country's atomic power stations.
Tiny traces of Japan radiation spread to IcelandReuters | 22 Mar 2011
Minuscule numbers of radioactive particles believed to have come from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected as far away as Iceland, officials said on Tuesday.
World Water Day: Resources and resourcefulnessGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
A new film shows the ingenuity of people living without access to water in areas of Delhi that are neither rural nor urban. A film exploring the relationship between three Delhi residents, water and India has been launched by the ESRC STEPS Centre, based at the Institute of Development Studies in...
Mauritania, Kuwait, Jordan water said least secureReuters | 21 Mar 2011
Mauritania, Kuwait and Jordan have the least secure water supplies, according to a ranking on Tuesday that says shortages in the Middle East and North Africa might cause political tensions and even higher oil prices.
Low radioactivity seen heading towards North AmericaReuters | 17 Mar 2011
Low concentrations of radioactive particles from Japan's disaster-hit nuclear power plant have been heading eastwards and are expected to reach North America in days, a Swedish official said on Thursday.
Giant refinery becoming unwelcome guest in CuracaoReuters | 16 Mar 2011
Lighting up the night sky with flames from its chimneys, Curacao's giant Isla refinery is at the center of an increasingly acrimonious dispute over the island's economic and environmental future.