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China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

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China’s offshore supply ship De Shen working at an oil spill area during a clean-up operation at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photograph: Transport Ministry Of China/EPA

Scientists say consumers should be wary of buying any seafood that may have passed through the area until the toxic impact of the spill has been assessed

January 18, 2018 — Consumers in Japan, China and South Korea should be wary of buying seafood until governments in the region have monitored and released details about the toxic impact of the Sanchi oil spill, scientists have warned. Continue reading China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

Toxic cloud on Sussex coast may have come from ship, say sources

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The cloud over Beachy Head, East Sussex, on Sunday. Photograph: Jacob Ward

Haze that led to 150 people seeking treatment caused a pollution spike and ‘might have been caused by a ship venting’

August 29, 2017 — Authorities investigating the cause of Sunday’s chemical cloud are working on the assumption that it came from a ship in the Channel after environmental monitoring sites picked up a localised spike in pollution levels. Continue reading Toxic cloud on Sussex coast may have come from ship, say sources

Shipping companies urged to stop using dirty fuels in the Arctic

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The risks to fragile Arctic ecosystems could soar as more polar sea lanes become accessible because of climate change. Photograph: Solent News/Rex/Shutterstock

Shipping companies are under pressure to phase out use of heavy fuels, as world’s first hybrid battery-powered cruise ship set for launch in 2018

July 11, 2017 — Shipping companies are under pressure to phase out use of heavy fuels ahead of a potential ban on their use in the Arctic in the coming years. Continue reading Shipping companies urged to stop using dirty fuels in the Arctic

Huge Antarctic ice block poised to snap off

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LARSEN C. This file photo released by the NASA on December 1, 2016 shows what scientists on NASA’s IceBridge mission photographed in a view of a massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf on November 10, 2016. File photo by Maria-Jose Vinas/NASA/AFP

When it finally calves from the Larsen C ice shelf, one of the biggest icebergs in recorded history will be set adrift – some 6,600 square kilometers (2,550 square miles) in total, according to the European Space Agency (ESA)

PARIS, France (Jul. 5, 2017) —  A chunk of ice bigger than the US state of Delaware is hanging by a thread from the West Antarctic ice shelf, satellite images revealed on Wednesday, July 5. Continue reading Huge Antarctic ice block poised to snap off

Fishermen probed for catching ocean sunfish in protected area

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OCEAN SUNFISH. The dead ocean sunfish caught by the three fishermen from Negros Occidental at the Tañon Strait on March 1. Photo by Edgardo Rostata

The ocean sunfish is considered a ‘vulnerable’ or ‘threatened’ species

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines (Mar. 4, 2017) — Three fishermen are under investigation for catching an ocean sunfish in Tañon Strait, the biggest protected marine area in the country. Continue reading Fishermen probed for catching ocean sunfish in protected area

Victoria’s plans for hydrogen exports to Japan are ‘way of making brown coal look green’

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Latrobe’s Hazelwood power station will close on 31 March and the Victorian government is looking to create new jobs there. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Getty Images

Proposed plant would would be run by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and produce liquid hydrogen for use in vehicles

January 12, 2017 — Victorian government plans to work with a Japanese company to produce hydrogen from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley are “a way of making brown coal look green”, according to one expert.  Continue reading Victoria’s plans for hydrogen exports to Japan are ‘way of making brown coal look green’

Shipping industry criticised for failure to reach carbon emissions deal

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A pollution control vessel near Ahmedabad, India. Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty

International Maritime Organisation agrees sulfur emissions cap but is condemned for delaying measures to cut greenhouse gases

October 28, 2016 — The world’s leading shipping organisation has been condemned by environmental campaigners and MEPs for its failure to urgently tackle the industry’s impact on climate change, after it agreed only to a partial reduction in harmful emissions from ships.  Continue reading Shipping industry criticised for failure to reach carbon emissions deal

UN climate change body appeals for funding

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Developing country diplomats may struggle to attend UN climate meetings unless funding for their travel is radically boosted

September 11, 2016 — That’s the warning in the UN climate body’s latest budget report, which reveals just $80,000 has so far been provided by donors, compared to well over $300,000 at the same point in 2014.  Continue reading UN climate change body appeals for funding

60 hospitalized after boat engine explosion in Bangkok

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The director of the company running the service says he does not know the explosion’s cause and adds that he had been using gas-powered engines for 8 years

BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 5, 2016) — 60 people were hospitalized Saturday, March 5, mostly for burns, after the engine on a Bangkok commuter boat exploded and sent passengers leaping to a nearby pier or into the water, officials and reports said.

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3 dead in ferry accident off Quezon

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The town police chief says ‘sudden high and strong waves’ and possible ‘overloading’ were reasons behind the accident

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 29, 2016) — Three people have been killed after a small ferry sank in the Philippines, police said Saturday, February 27, the latest in a series of maritime accidents in the archipelago.

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