Oil Spills

Whale deaths linked to BP spill

Suzanne Goldenberg, Washington A cache of newly uncovered documents from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - including gruesome photographs of a dead whale - are raising questions about the environmental cost of the...

Court rejects Nigerian suit against Shell

Eric Dooh

A Dutch court has rejected a bid by Nigerian farmers to hold Shell responsible for oil damage to their villages, in a case that environmental groups had hoped would set a precedent for global...

Protest 'polar bear' floats past Kremlin

A greenpeace activist

A Greenpeace activist in a polar bear suit has floated along the Moscow River past the Kremlin before being briefly detained in a stunt by the environmental group to protest against energy...

Meet cash deadline or the drillers move in

Gas is flared off from an oil facility near Yasuni National Park in Orellana Province, Ecuador.

Melissa Fyfe Luis Garcia was close to tears. For three days, he had guided eight international journalists through a tract of Amazon so thick with wildlife that experts are yet to fully catalogue its riches.

Turtles and unexploded bombs prove to be happy bedfellows

A Flat Back turtle lays her eggs in the sand dunes on Bare Sand Island next to a UXO marker left by the Dept of Defense on Saturday night , a former RAAF bombing range off the NT coast, the island is undergoing UXO clearance and will revert to become a prominent turtle hatchery.
Pic Glenn Campbell

Deborah Smith This dry season, the cycle of life has continued as normal for the flatback sea turtles that nest on Bare Sand Island, a deserted patch of sand dunes off the coast west of Darwin.

Bight oil hunt looking for trouble: activists

Resource giant BP is asking for trouble exploring the pristine Great Australian Bight in search of oil, environmentalists say.

Ship's captain may have taken short cut


The vessel at the centre of New Zealand's worst maritime pollution disaster ran aground because the captain was taking a short cut, the New Zealand government has alleged.

Banning heavy oils from Antarctica

Australia is signing up to an international treaty to protect Antarctica from damaging oil spills.

Bellingen again cut in half by flooding

Flooding has again cut in half the small town of Bellingen in northern NSW.

Police investigate ship for marine pollution

MV Island.

Natalie O'Brien Police have been asked to investigate allegations that the MV Island Trader, which ran aground in the world-heritage listed Lord Howe Island lagoon, was also responsible for two separate marine...

Fishing operators to receive compensation over marine park plan

Ningaloo Marine Park.

Environment Minister Tony Burke is set to unveil plans for a world-first network of marine reserves around Australia.

Spill raises fears of more toxic time bombs

Ian Traynor From the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube meanders for almost 2900 kilometres through 10 countries, its course punctuated by great beauty and industrial disasters waiting to happen.

Gulf oil spill reaches 100-day mark

The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster reached the 100-day mark Wednesday with hopes high that BP is finally on the verge of permanently sealing its ruptured Macondo well.

Ship was in difficulty hours before oil spill

The Pacific Adventurer

Marian Wilkinson, Environment Editor Hurricane-force winds and heavy seas created conditions on board the Pacific Adventurer that were "unacceptable" for the ship's structure five hours before the accident.