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Trucker braves exploding cylinders to prevent deadly catastrophe

This dramatic video, shot in the south of Morocco, shows a flaming truck carrying gas canisters explode repeatedly, and has already been seen by over 21,000 people. Our local Observer gives us the full story behind the incident. Read more...

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Italian government willing to risk same fate for Mediterranean as Gulf of Mexico

The Italian government is pushing ahead with plans to permit offshore drilling just five kilometres off the coastline of the rural region of Abruzzo, despite warnings that they could be risking an environmental disaster much closer to land than the one in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more...

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The human victims of the BP spill

Tens of millions of gallons of crude oil, billions of dollars in company money and a criminal investigation into the disaster - but what does the BP oil spill mean for the people living on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico? One of our Observers went to visit the people of Barataria, a community whose economy is exclusively dependant upon the ocean. See his video...

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BP oil spill: “Bush administration allowed safety precautions to be circumvented”

While US senators grill BP over the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it has emerged that it was the US government itself - under George W. Bush - which allowed oil companies to leave out a safety device which would have prevented the explosion on 20 April. An American environmentalist tells us: "Our politicians are beholden to the oil companies". Read more...

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How hair and ladies' tights fight the Louisiana oil slick

A small charity wants your hair to help soak up the oil heading for the Louisiana coastline. California-based "A Matter of Trust" say that booms made up of women's tights stuffed with human - and animal - hair are the best natural answer to mopping up polluting oil from the seas. Read more...

Nigeria’s Robin Hood takes on the oil giants

The following video shows an oil depot in Lagos going up in flames on Sunday night after an attack by armed fighters from Nigeria's biggest militant group. Read more and see the footage...

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Amazon’s toxic waste: natives blame Texaco

Multinational oil giant Chevron Texaco is facing the most expensive environmental lawsuit in history. Accused by an Amazonian indigenous community of contaminating the land with toxic waste, the world's third biggest petrol supplier could face a fine of 27 billion dollars. Read more...

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