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Scientists call for global ban on bee-killing pesticides. Thousands of tons spilled at oil field in Russia. MOSCOW (AP) — Up to 2,000 tons of oil have spilled from a major field in northern Russia after workers struggled to contain the leak for two days, officials said.

Thousands of tons spilled at oil field in Russia

Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Bee Research Firm. Chevron halts Brazil drilling after new leak - Americas. Chevron has filed to temporarily halt production operations in Brazil after it detected a "small new seep" of oil in the same offshore field where it suffered a high-profile leak in November.

Chevron halts Brazil drilling after new leak - Americas

The US oil company said Friday it was taking the step as a precautionary measure to study its "reservoir management plans" in Brazil, where it has spent over $2bn developing the largest foreign-run oil field. If approved by Brazilian regulators, the suspension will shut down a field with the capacity to produce 80,000 barrels a day, more than 3 per cent of Brazil's oil output. "The suspension of production is designed to let us analyze scientifically what caused this," Rafael Jaen Williamson, Chevron's director of corporate affairs in Brazil, said at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro.

The leak was first spotted on March 4, and engineers found the source on March 13, Williamson said. So, is Dimock’s Water Really Safe to Drink? Ray Kemble delivers fresh water to a home that had their water contaminated due to hydraulic fracturing on Jan. 18, 2012 in Dimock, Pa.

So, is Dimock’s Water Really Safe to Drink?

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. March 21: This post has been corrected [1]. When the Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that tests showed the water is safe to drink in Dimock, Penn., a national hot spot for concerns about fracking, it seemed to vindicate the energy industry’s insistence that drilling had not caused pollution in the area. 'World's Biggest Fracker' Pockets 1 Billion in Shady Deal. Human-made earthquakes reported in central US. When swarms of quakes occurred in Colorado and Oklahoma last year, the US Environmental Protection Agency asked the geologic survey to investigate possible links to energy extraction in the area. – File Photo from Creative Commons WASHINGTON: The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose “spectacularly” near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, a process that may have caused geologic faults to slip, US government geologists report.

Human-made earthquakes reported in central US

BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill. Greg Palast Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP off-shore rig suffered a nearly identical blow-out, but BP concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators and Congress.

BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill

This week, EcoWatch.org located an eyewitness with devastating new information about the Caspian Sea oil-rig blow-out which BP had concealed from government and the industry. The witness, whose story is backed up by rig workers who were evacuated from BP’s Caspian platform, said that had BP revealed the full story as required by industry practice, the eleven Gulf of Mexico workers “could have had a chance” of survival. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Aftershocks on Louisiana Seafood - Page 1. Dynamic duo: Ryan Comardelle, in red, and Reggie Estay empty crab traps.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Aftershocks on Louisiana Seafood - Page 1

Last fall the state of Louisiana investigated a mysterious rash of crab deaths. Photo: Andrew Hetherington Oil spill map Map of Deepwater Horizon spill Nick Collins Oysterman Nick Collins with a thin haul last January. Collins Oyster Company. BP Mix of Toxins Soaked Up by Wet Skin. Gulf of Mexico spill takes toll on health - Americas. Thousands of Dolphins Dying in Gulf Waters. The horrific ramifications of the Gulf oil spill - AlterNet. Almost two full years after the BP oil spill, a panel of experts gathered at the 17th annual Tulane Environmental Law Summit, to present the continuing impacts of the BP Oil Spill.

The horrific ramifications of the Gulf oil spill - AlterNet

» 2 Years After the BP Oil Spill, Is the Gulf Ecosystem Collapsing? Alex Jones. The BP oil spill started on April 20, 2010.

» 2 Years After the BP Oil Spill, Is the Gulf Ecosystem Collapsing? Alex Jones

We’ve previously warned that the BP oil spill could severely damage the Gulf ecosystem. Since then, there are numerous signs that the worst-case scenario may be playing out: If you still don’t have a sense of the devastation to the Gulf, American reporter Dahr Jamail lays it out pretty clearly: “The fishermen have never seen anything like this,” Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. Stuart Smith – a successful trial lawyer who won a billion dollar verdict against Exxon Mobil – noted recently: Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists - Features. New Orleans, LA - "The fishermen have never seen anything like this," Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera.

Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists - Features

"And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either. " Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences started hearing about fish with sores and lesions from fishermen in November 2010. Cowan's findings replicate those of others living along vast areas of the Gulf Coast that have been impacted by BP's oil and dispersants. Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP's 2010 oil disaster.

Eyeless shrimp Tracy Kuhns and her husband Mike Roberts, commercial fishers from Barataria, Louisiana, are finding eyeless shrimp. "We've fished here all our lives and have never seen anything like this," he added. A Punishment BP Can’t Pay Off. What is missing is a criminal prosecution that holds BP individuals responsible.

A Punishment BP Can’t Pay Off

Protective oil booms try to keep oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill from coating the wetlands along the Louisiana coast on June 11, 2010. It has been two years since the rig explosion led to the largest oil spill in U.S. history and the death of 11 workers. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Regulator says leak found at Petrobras oil field. Stopping Climate Change Is Much Cheaper Than You Think. You’ve heard it before: politicians say they’d love to take action against climate change, but they’re reeling from sticker shock.

Today, a new report from the UK’s leading climate change watchdog refutes this oft-cited argument that climate action will herald economic Armageddon. The Committee on Climate Change report, with the hairy-sounding title “Statutory Advice on Inclusion of International Aviation and Shipping,” says that in 2050, the UK’s emissions reductions across the whole economy will cost 1-2 percent of the total GDP. This updates, in greater detail, the range predicted half a decade ago by the watershed Stern Review. Just how much is that? For a rough comparison, one percent of the UK’s 2011 GDP is a little more than what the country currently spends on public housing and community amenities, and is no where near the big ticket public spending items like healthcare.

Mutant Heat Wave Shattering Records. Credit: NOAA/Southern Regional Climate Center More than 2,200 warm temperature records have been set so far in March. Take a look at the map above to see where temps are crazy departures from normal. This isn't your average heat wave. Its duration, set against more than a century of record keeping, makes it one for the climate change chronicles. Here's what some meteorologists are saying: Saving the whales? Now there's an app for that, too. An interesting new iOS app launched today called Whale Alert.

Though it's available for anyone, the iPhone/iPad app is intended primarily for use by workers in the shipping and maritime industry. It "combines science and technology to help save critically endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing threats of collisions with large ships along the East Coast of North America. " Shocking Conflict of Interest: Private Water Companies Partner With Fracking Lobby : occupywallstreet. Discovery’s ‘Frozen Planet’ Is Silent on Causes of Climate Change.