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Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

Science
Desalination plants around the world are pumping out far more salt laden brine than previously believed, according to a new study.The salty effluent is a by-product of efforts to extract fresh water from the sea. Researchers found that plants are now producing 50% more of this chemical laden cocktail than expected. The brine raises the level of salinity and poses a major risk to ocean life and marine ecosystems.More than half the brine comes from four middle eastern countries. These are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar, with Saudi Arabia alone responsible for 22% of the effluent. The effects of drought and severe weather in Mozambique Desalination plant preparing to work There's been a major expansion of d...
Netherlands warns of toxic chemicals after containers tossed from cargo ship

Netherlands warns of toxic chemicals after containers tossed from cargo ship

World
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A Panama-registered cargo ship lost some 270 containers during a storm in the North Sea this week, including three carrying toxic chemicals. The ship, the MSC Zoe, was en route to Bremerhaven, Germany, on Wednesday when it encountered the bad weather, identified locally as Storm Zeetje. The vessel was near the German island of Borkum at the time, and the tide carried some of the containers toward the southwest, the BBC reported. Some of the cargo washed up on islands off the northern Dutch coast, including toys, televisions, shoes, bags, chairs, plastic cups and other items. Officials were worried about three containers carrying toxic substances, including one with bags of peroxide powder, one of which washed ashore on the island of Schiermonnikoog. Officials warned reside...
HSBC to pay $765m to settle toxic mortgage case

HSBC to pay $765m to settle toxic mortgage case

Business
HSBC has agreed to pay $ 765m (£588m) to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to settle a probe into the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis. It is the latest bank to settle claims of mis-selling toxic debt before the financial crisis.HSBC has paid a lot less than the Royal Bank of Scotland, which agreed to pay $ 4.9bn in May and Barclays' $ 2bn settlement with the DoJ in March.It had already set aside $ 897m in the first quarter for any potential settlements.The bank warned the "settlement-in-principle is subject to negotiation" and there was no "assurance that HSBC and the DoJ will agree on the final documentation".Europe's biggest bank made the announcement as it delivered a 4.6% rise in pretax profit for the first six months of t...
Children sick as Russia's landfill crisis turns toxic

Children sick as Russia's landfill crisis turns toxic

World
No one likes a landfill in their backyard, especially not when it makes their children sick. That's what happened in the town of Volokolamsk, three days after Russia's general election.As the world's diplomats worried about a poisoning in Salisbury, the residents of Volokolamsk worried about a mass poisoning of their sons and daughters.More than 60 children were treated at a local clinic for headaches, nausea and breathing difficulties.Locals blamed a particularly toxic emission from the nearby Yadrovo dump, one of 15 across the Moscow region filled well beyond capacity with waste from the capital.Image:Toxic emissions from the Yadrovo dump have been blamed for the ilnnessAt the end of March, district officials declared a state of emergency because of excessive levels of hydrogen sulphide...
Health warnings after toxic caterpillar outbreak in London

Health warnings after toxic caterpillar outbreak in London

Science
An outbreak of toxic caterpillars that can cause asthma attacks, vomiting and skin rashes has descended on London, officials have warned.Oak processionary moths (OPM), which are in their larval stage, have been spotted across the south-east of England and in the capital.Hairs on the caterpillars can cause fevers and eye and throat irritations, the Forestry Commission said. The organisation has issued a caution not to touch the species.The biggest infestations of OPM were recorded in Greater London, stemming from Kingston upon Thames to Brent.Some infestations were also spotted in Bracknell Forest, Slough and Guildford. OPM caterpillars were spotted emerging from egg plaques in mid-April, and trees were later treated on 23 April, the Forestry Commission added."The treatment programme is ex...