The tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear plant will cost 11.08 trillion yen ($105 billion), twice as much as Japanese authorities predicted at the end of 2011, says the study. The expenses include radiation clean-up and compensation to residents.
Actor Leonardo Di Caprio and other leaders of opposition against tar sands production in Alberta, Canada challenged some high-profile corporate and government players to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, a social-media-driven fundraiser for ALS research.
7,500 people from 27 countries have formed an 8-kilometer human chain across the German-Polish border to protest opencast brown coal mining, which could entail the destruction of villages in both countries.
Multinational chemical giant DuPont is pressing New Jersey and federal officials to approve a plan that is much weaker than state standards usually demand in the company’s efforts to clean up a former munitions plant riddled with cancer-causing elements.
Fukushima’s nuclear disaster has caused genetic damage, a decline in the population and other changes to non-human organisms from plants to butterflies to birds in the area, US and Japanese scientists say.
US government researchers will apply “street view” mapping tools to underwater ecosystems in the Florida Keys this week in an effort to document coral reef health. The project is sponsored by the likes of insurance company Catlin and Google.
Spain’s biggest oil company Repsol has passed its final hurdle to begin exploring oil reserves off the coast of the Canary Islands, Africa’s northwest waters. The approval from the Energy Ministry came despite protests from environmentalists.
A 5.1 earthquake has struck around 22.5 km northeast of Ecuador's capital, Quito, followed by a 4.3 magnitude aftershock. At least two people have been killed as the tremors caused several landslides and trapped at least three people in a collapsed mine.