BP Plc ’s failure since April to plug a Gulf of Mexico oil leak has prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history.
A U.K. warship with advanced undersea listening tools reached the area of the Indian Ocean where a Chinese vessel picked up two signals that may be from black boxes of the Malaysian jet that vanished a month ago.
The Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown in March 2011 was the largest accidental release of radiation into the ocean in history, according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists who studied the area in June. Some water samples showed radioactive particles, or radionuclides, at levels 1,000 times higher than before the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident -- but still safely below levels dangerous to humans and much sea life.
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s claim that radioactive water leaking into the sea from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant is confined to the coast doesn’t make scientific sense, according to a U.S. researcher who surveyed waters off the site last month.
The French air-crash investigation agency, BEA, has identified pieces of an aircraft found in an underwater search over the past 24 hours as parts of Air France Flight 447, BEA said in an e-mailed statement today.