Environmental activists from Greenpeace demonstrate in the water by holding images of landmarks during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. According to the UN weather agency, 2010 is 'almost certain' to rank among the three hottest years on record, and in a report issued Tuesday, experts said glaciers in southern South America and Alaska's coastal mountains have been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers elsewhere in the world.
TckTckTck partners, Greenpeace and 350.org stage an underwater installation called "Silent Evolution" in Cancun, Mexico. They are calling for urgent action on the environment during the UN Cancun climate talks.
Financial pressures, clashes with the Sea Shepherd antiwhaling activists, and a drop in the demand for whale meat are contributing to the delayed whaling ship departure.
Hundreds of international supporters gather on an island on the Belizian Barrier Reef off the coast of Belize City, on Nov. 13. to form a human banner asking if the end is near for Belize and other endangered coral reefs around the world. The action was on the final day of the three-day Belize Reef summit which urged global leaders to take strong action at the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.
The driver of a van that crashed into LaRoe's restaurant sits at a booth (l.) looking at his van in Grand Rapids, Ohio. According to Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, the van and another vehicle were involved in a traffic crash along Front Street near the restaurant. The van driver, an 84-year-old man from Paulding County, subsequently drove into the restaurant. No injuries were reported.
Hungary's toxic red sludge spill reached the Danube today at toxicity levels beyond what environmentalists expected. Will it threaten the Black Sea?
Hungary's toxic sludge disaster recalls – and dwarfs – a 2000 spill of 4.6 million cubic feet of cyanide-tainted water in neighboring Romania.
The toxic sludge now covering 15 square miles of Hungary and seeping into the Danube River is a serious environmental disaster whose severity and long-term consequences are still unclear. Will the release of the 35 million cubic feet of alumina refining waste become one of the Top 10 manmade environmental disasters of the past century?
Officials in Hungary declared a state of emergency in several towns after red sludge from alumina refinery swept through several communities.
Few expect big breakthroughs at China's climate change talks this week. The real success will be in smoothing relations after the Copenhagen debacle and small side deals that are more realistic, observers say.