Published: Saturday 31 December 2005

Environmentalists in Alabama, US, fear people eating locally caught fish might take in more mercury (fishes absorb mercury from the water) than commercially bought fish which are screened.

The Russian legislature recently demanded the removal of the two isotope thermoelectric generators from the Sea of Okhotsk. They had fallen into the sea in 1987 and 1997 due to a malfunction in the helicopters carrying them.

The Pacific island state of Tonga would formally become the 150th member of the World Trade Organisation on December 13, 2005.

At least 146 miners died in China after coal dust caught fire, setting off a massive explosion on November 27, 2005, at the Dongfeng coal mine. A total of 72 miners have been rescued.

Mount Karthala's (one of the world's largest active volcanoes) eruption has contaminated water supplies of over 100,000 people in the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean.

Statoil, a Norwegian oil and gas exploration company, is enquiring into a recent oil discharge near Transocean Arctic rig, which happened during a facilities shutdown for modification of the ship.

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