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Thai Tanker Sinks, Spilling Oily Sludge

Thai Tanker Sinks, Spilling Oily Sludge

  BANGKOK, Thailand, April 10, 2014 (ENS) – A domestic Thai tanker carrying oil sludge capsized and sank southwest of Bangkok on Tuesday, releasing roughly 1,500 liters (12.5 barrels) of oil into the Gulf of Thailand. Local media...

 

Autism Triggered in the Womb by ‘Environmental Factors’

Autism Triggered in the Womb by ‘Environmental Factors’

  TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, April 9, 2014 (ENS) – Autism can be triggered by abnormal levels of lipid molecules in the brain that affect the interaction between two key neural pathways in early brain development in the womb, researchers...

 

Ukraine Turmoil Leaves Zoo Animals Starving

Ukraine Turmoil Leaves Zoo Animals Starving

  KIEV, Ukraine, April 7, 2014 (ENS) – Ukraine resident Lionel de Lange, an entrepreneurial, animal-loving, bush war veteran from South Africa, is engaged in a rescue mission – to save more than 6,000 Ukraine zoo animals from...

 

Earthquake in Chile: Six Dead, Nearly One Million Evacuated

Earthquake in Chile: Six Dead, Nearly One Million Evacuated

  SANTIAGO, Chile, April 2, 2014 (ENS) – Six people have lost their lives as the result of a powerful earthquake off the coast of northern Chile at 8:27 Tuesday night, local time.  Seismic officials have now agreed it was an 8.2...

 

Powerful Earthquake Off Northern Chile Generates Tsunami

Powerful Earthquake Off Northern Chile Generates Tsunami

  SANTIAGO, Chile, April 2, 2014 (ENS) – The Chilean authorities Tuesday ordered the evacuation of coastal areas after an earthquake of 8.3 magnitude struck off the coast of northern Chile at 20:46 hours local time. Twelve hours...

 

Houston Ship Channel Re-opens After Oil Spill

Houston Ship Channel Re-opens After Oil Spill

  TEXAS CITY, Texas, March 26, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time since the collision of a bulk carrier and a barge Saturday spilled 168,000 gallons of oil in the Houston Ship Channel, authorities have reopened all lanes of traffic....

 

Oil Spill From Ship-Barge Crash Closes Houston Ship Channel

Oil Spill From Ship-Barge Crash Closes Houston Ship Channel

  HOUSTON, Texas, March 23, 2104 (ENS) – A major oil spill Saturday has closed the Houston Ship Channel, preventing over 60 vessels, including three cruise ships, from transiting between the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay. Efforts...

 

Broken Pipeline Spills Oil in Ohio Nature Park

Broken Pipeline Spills Oil in Ohio Nature Park

  COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio, March 19, 2014 (ENS) – Hazmat crews are cleaning up about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled from a broken underground pipeline into an Ohio nature reserve Monday night. The oily mess has affected...

 

Japan Ponders Lessons of Quake, Tsunami, Nuclear Meltdown

Japan Ponders Lessons of Quake, Tsunami, Nuclear Meltdown

  TOKYO, Japan, March 11, 2014 (ENS) – Japan’s Emperor and Empress, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and representatives of those who lost family members gathered in Tokyo today to observe the third anniversary of the earthquake and...

 

High Phthalate Levels in Males Delays Pregnancy in Partners

High Phthalate Levels in Males Delays Pregnancy in Partners

  ROCKVILLE, Maryland, March 5, 2014 (ENS) – Women whose male partners have high concentrations of three common forms of phthalates, chemicals found in hundreds of consumer products, take longer to become pregnant than women in couples...

 

Alberta MD: Canada ‘Lying’ About Tar Sands Health Impacts

Alberta MD: Canada ‘Lying’ About Tar Sands Health Impacts

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2014 (ENS) – The governments of Alberta and Canada have been “lying,” to cover up the health impacts of the Canadian tar sands industry on northern Alberta communities, a Canadian medical...

 

India’s Gujarat State Acts to Forestall Terrorist Oil Spills

India’s Gujarat State Acts to Forestall Terrorist Oil Spills

  GANDHINAGAR, Gujarat, India, February 19, 2014 (ENS) – The government of Gujarat, a state on India’s northwest coast, has decided to create a special 690-man force to secure its key non-major ports against terrorist oil spills. The...

 

Three Oil Spills in Two Weeks Foul Singapore’s Waters

Three Oil Spills in Two Weeks Foul Singapore’s Waters

  SINGAPORE, February 11, 2014 (ENS) – A containership and a chemical tanker collided in the Singapore Strait Monday afternoon, spilling some 80 metric tonnes of bunker fuel, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore reports. This...

 

World First: U.S. to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

World First: U.S. to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

  THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, February 10, 2014 (ENS) – Syria’s chemical weapons are being moved to a U.S. Navy ship for destruction in the world’s first mission of its kind. The United States and other countries have...

 

‘Massive’ Coastal Floods Predicted as Storms Flood Britain

‘Massive’ Coastal Floods Predicted as Storms Flood Britain

  LONDON, UK, February 7, 2014 (ENS) – Met Office forecasters warn that strong winds and big waves will bring risk of flooding and damaging winds along Britain’s southern and southwestern coasts into the weekend, intensifying...

 

Cancer Explosion Forecast for Next 20 Years

Cancer Explosion Forecast for Next 20 Years

  GENEVA, Switzerland, February 4, 2014 (ENS) – Cancer is now the world’s biggest killer, and the number of cases will explode over the next 20 years, warns a new global report compiled by the International Agency for Research...

 

Monarch Butterfly 2013 Migration Smallest on Record

Monarch Butterfly 2013 Migration Smallest on Record

MEXICO CITY, Mexico, January 31, 2014 (ENS) – Monarch butterflies are vanishing from the Monarch Reserve in Mexico’s temperate forest where they spend November through March hibernating after migrating more than 2,500 miles from...

 

Tesoro Disaster Prompts Official Call for Refinery Safety Reform

Tesoro Disaster Prompts Official Call for Refinery Safety Reform

  SEATTLE, Washington, January 30, 2014 (ENS) – The April 2010 fatal explosion and fire at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington was caused by damage to the heat exchanger; the severely cracked and weakened carbon steel tubing...

 

TransCanada Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in Manitoba

TransCanada Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in Manitoba

  ST. PIERRE-JOLYS, Manitoba, Canada, January 27, 2014 (ENS) – A TransCanada natural gas pipeline ruptured and exploded early Saturday morning in an isolated area near the town of Otterburne, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Winnipeg....

 

Extinction Shadows One-Quarter of All Sharks, Rays

Extinction Shadows One-Quarter of All Sharks, Rays

  GLAND, Switzerland, January 21, 2014 (ENS) – At least one in every four existing species of sharks and rays may not survive into the future, finds the first global analysis of the conservation status of 1,041 shark, ray and related...