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Oil-exploration Airguns Kill Plankton within 2 kilometres

Written by , on June 26, 2017

Scientists at Curtin University in Western Australia have shown that the seismic sound blasts made by airguns searching for new oil reserves under the ocean floor can kill large swathes of plankton.  Read more »

Why Is the Price of Oil So High?

Written by , on May 25, 2008

For over 100 years up to 1970, the price of a barrel of oil was remarkably stable at between about $us21 and $us25 (adjusted for inflation). Contrary to general belief, the formation of OPEC in 1960 did not lead to an immediate increase in oil prices – in fact, prices declined throughout the sixties. What […]  Read more »

Polar Bears

Written by , on May 16, 2008

The publicity about the danger to polar bears from global warming could easily lead you to believe that their numbers are already shrinking dangerously. In fact, in the early 1970s, the number of polar bears was estimated at between 5,000 and 10,000. As a result of hunting restrictions, there are now between 20,000 and 25,000 […]  Read more »


Written by , on April 26, 2008

1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.2.6 billion people – about half of all the people living in developing countries – do not have proper sanitation. And 80% of all diseases in those countries are water-related. Water is being taken from lakes and rivers at twice the rate of 40 years […]  Read more »