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Indigenous Canadians take on oil tankers with massive crochet chain

Distraught at the idea of oil tankers passing right next to their land, women from Canada's Gitga’at Nation in British Columbia decided to use their talent for crochet to stage a symbolic protest. For months, they worked on a multi-colored crochet chain no less than seven kilometres long. On Friday, they stretched it across the channel where tankers may soon navigate. Read more...

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Exxon spill: 'I saw a river of oil heading down my street'

 
This past weekend, the tranquillity of a suburban housing development in Arkansas was brutally interrupted by a strange flood – one not of water, but of oil.  Watch video…
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Pipeline explosion in Homs: “This is collective punishment”

 
A cloud of black smoke covered Syria’s flashpoint city of Homs Thursday morning after a major oil pipeline exploded. Predictably, authorities and opposition activists are blaming each other for the blast. Read more…
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Volunteers face gargantuan task of cleaning New Zealand’s oil-soaked beaches

 
New Zealand’s government is calling it the country’s “most significant maritime environmental disaster” ever. A massive oil spill off New Zealand’s North Island has got hundreds of volunteers scrambling to limit the damage to beaches. Read more…
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Algerian smugglers send petrol to Libya, creating shortage at home

 
One of our Observers has sent us images of gigantic lines of cars queuing at petrol stations in eastern Algeria. He explains that petrol is being illegally exported to Libya, causing a shortage in his region – which is rather ironic in a country that is one of the world’s biggest oil exporters. Read more…
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Malawi citizens revolt against their ‘plundering’ president

 
The small southern African state of Malawi has been in the grips of an unprecedented wave of unrest since Wednesday, July 20, as security forces clashed with protesters demonstrating against president Bingu Mutharika’s regime. According to our Observer, the citizens of Malawi are ready for an ‘Arab Spring’ of their own. Read more…
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Russia’s ‘one-man Wikileaks’ uncovers massive gas company fraud

 
In Russia, the findings of a young whistleblower lawyer concerning the rampant corruption of major state-affiliated companies have made much bigger waves than the recent tsunami of Wikileaks revelations. Read more…

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Chinese fireman drowned in wave of oil

A fireman dealing with an oil spill was drowned in northeast China on Tuesday after a wave dragged him beneath the surface of the slick. Read more...

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The permanent oil slick no one is talking about

Nigera is Africa’s main crude oil producer. It is also the country which counts the most oil spills in the world. The Niger Delta, once an ecological sanctuary, has become a no-fishing zone because of the slicks that permanently poison its waters. Read more...

Bird cleaner refutes claims that killing is kinder than cleaning

Should birds affected by the BP oil spill be cleaned or killed? According to a German biologist, only one percent of rehabilitated birds survive. One man who's in the thick of the bird cleaning operation however, says this biologist's allegations are based on flawed surveys. Read more...

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