Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland: Ash Plume 7km High

The latest status report from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland notes that the current ash plume at Eyjafjallajökull is 7km high and earthquakes are continuing at a depth of 5-13km. There are no signs that the eruption is ending. Ash is predicted to head towards … Read more Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland: Ash Plume 7km High

Science: Herschel Reveals What Happens When a Star is Born

The European Space Agency (ESA) have this week unveiled the first results from their infrared space observatory, known as Herschel, providing the above collection of images which go some way to explaining what happens during star formation. The new images, some of which are shown above, challenge several ideas about star birth and suggest new … Read more Science: Herschel Reveals What Happens When a Star is Born

BP Oil Spill: Deepwater Horizon Could Spill 9.5 Million Litres of Oil per Day

The BP oil spill at Deepwater Horizon is already five times bigger than first thought and BP bosses have been forced to admit that the worst case scenario for the spill could see 60,000 barrels per day pour into the ocean around the Gulf of Mexico. Briefing House Energy and Environment committee on Tuesday 3rd … Read more BP Oil Spill: Deepwater Horizon Could Spill 9.5 Million Litres of Oil per Day

Environment: BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Could be Worst in History

After days of stories with increasingly bad news filtering from various agencies dealing with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, USA, the US Coast Guard has now told that original estimates for the amount of oil spewing into the ocean could have been underestimated by as … Read more Environment: BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Could be Worst in History

US: BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill “Could Take Months” to Stem

The US Coast Guard is currently considering whether or not to begin burning off the oil which is currently collecting in the Gulf of Mexico following the breakdown of the BP controlled Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon”. Coast Guard Rear Adm Mary Landry, who is responsible for the American cleanup operation, told reporters today that the … Read more US: BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill “Could Take Months” to Stem

Volcano in Iceland Sees Flights Cancelled Across Europe

A volcano in Iceland, which has been erupting for a number of days, is now causing disruption to air travel across Europe as a cloud of ash makes flying impossible in and out of many airports. Flights have been cancelled in and out of many airports in North West Europe, including Britain and France, which … Read more Volcano in Iceland Sees Flights Cancelled Across Europe

Australia: Earthquake in Adelaide

Reports are coming in of a small earthquake which was felt in Adelaide and the surrounding region of South Australia just after 11.30pm CST on Friday 16th April 2010 (2pm GMT). “I thought the house was going to slide down the hill” said Carly Hannaford, an equestrian trainer from the Adelaide Hills region. The police … Read more Australia: Earthquake in Adelaide

Environment: Sting and John Legend to Perform at 40th Earth Day

The 40th annual “Earth Day” event is due to take place this month, in Washington DC, UDA, with international acts like Sting and John Legend confirmed to perform at the Climate Rally. Events, which run from 17 to 25 April 2010, focus on the 40th Anniversary Earth Day of 22 April. Confirmed guests for the … Read more Environment: Sting and John Legend to Perform at 40th Earth Day

Drugs Advisor Quits as Mephedrone Likely to be Banned in UK

The new “legal high” drug, often sold as plant food online, known as Mephedrone, is widely expected to be banned this afternoon by the British Government, despite a senior Drugs Advisor quitting the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) just hours before the decision is due to be announced. Dr Polly Taylor quit … Read more Drugs Advisor Quits as Mephedrone Likely to be Banned in UK

Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Tomas

Tropical Cyclone Tomas has passed over Fiji in the last 24 hours causing high winds, sea surges and downpours of rain. Here’s the latest from the Fiji Meteorological Service (times are local to Fiji): Category 4 Tropical Cyclone (TC) Tomas had its centre located over Southern Lau Group (between Moala and Kabara) or about 150 … Read more Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Tomas

Contemporary Conflict Means Changes for Humanitarian Healthcare

Contemporary armed conflict increasingly involves warring parties without uniforms or centralised command structures. Instead of lining up armed units on a battlefield, small cells often pitch battle intermittently before melting back into the civilian population. Disguise, dispersed command structures and longevity are frequently the weapons of modern warfare. Large armies are having to rethink their … Read more Contemporary Conflict Means Changes for Humanitarian Healthcare

Indian Premier League Commits to Carbon Neutral Cricket

The Indian Premier League has teamed up with the United Nations Environment Programme to commit the national sport to carbon off-setting and greener practices. The Indian Premier League will start on 12th March 2010, when the new climate-friendly programme will commence. Achim Steiner, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP, said: Together the IPL … Read more Indian Premier League Commits to Carbon Neutral Cricket

Disappearing Bees: UK Government Meets British Ecological Society to Discuss Measures

Environment experts today warned the UK could face dire financial repercussions unless more is done to remedy the ailing bee population. At a seminar in Westminster, the four speakers presented new research on the crisis and highlighted the far-reaching impact bees have on the eco-system. Findings showed England suffered the biggest decline out of the … Read more Disappearing Bees: UK Government Meets British Ecological Society to Discuss Measures

World Health Organisation: Governments get “Highest Marks” for Handling of Flu Pandemic

The 126th World Health Organisation Executive Board session is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 18th – 23rd January 2010. On the first day, the Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, took the opportunity to praise governments around the world for their handling of the H1N1 “swine” flu pandemic which spread from Mexico in 2009. Although … Read more World Health Organisation: Governments get “Highest Marks” for Handling of Flu Pandemic

Caribbean: Earthquake and Tsunami on Tuesday 12th January 2010

This is a Tsunami warning message taken from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre which cancelled a Caribbean sea watch yesterday: AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME –  2153Z 12 JAN 2010 COORDINATES –  18.5 NORTH   72.5 WEST LOCATION    –  HAITI REGION MAGNITUDE   –  7.1 EVALUATION A TSUNAMI MEASURING 12 CM CREST-TO-TROUGH … Read more Caribbean: Earthquake and Tsunami on Tuesday 12th January 2010