Mauritius declares state of emergency over 1,000-tonne oil spill in the Indian Ocean

Specialist teams from France and Japan have joined local authorities’ efforts to keep leaking oil from the tanker away from the pristine beaches of the island

Yemen oil tanker poses ‘catastrophic environmental threat’, warns UK

The rusting FSO SAFER oil tanker has 1.14 million barrels of crude oil on board

May hailed as ‘warmest on record’ as Siberia melts after ‘alarming’ heatwave

Western Siberia stands out as a region with a long warming trend of higher temperatures, according to a new report

BP hit with £400k fine after oil spill in Shetland

Around 3.8 tonnes of ‘extremely flammable, unstabilised crude oil’ spilled on to the ground at Sullom Voe Terminal in December 2012

Equinor mobilises to clean up oil spill in Bahamas

The energy giant is working to clean up oil leaking from its South Riding Point terminal after it was damaged in Hurricane Dorian

Canada invests in oil spill cleanup tech

The Canadian Government has invested nearly CAD$1.4 million (£820,000) across two new projects working to develop oil spill cleanup technologies. Through the national Oil Spill Response Science (OSRS) programme, it has provided CAD$991,500 (£578,000) to research and development firm C-CORE, which is working to increase the efficiency of existing mechanical oil recovery systems in the […]

Oil spill forces closure of Athens beaches

An oil spill from a sunken tanker has led to the closure of beaches in Athens. The vessel, Agia Zoni II, was carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel when it sank while at anchor in the early hours of Sunday. Thick tar and oil pollution drifted towards residential coastal areas. The European Commission has helped mobilise […]

Finnish-Russian firms to develop oil spill response tech

A Russian energy firm has teamed up with a Finnish company to develop response equipment for oil spills. Rosneft and Lamor Corporation have agreed to set up a joint venture in Russia to evaluate prospects of localising production of the technology for the Arctic region. The equipment will be manufactured at a Rosneft ship building […]

New solution for cleaning up oil spills? A sponge!

Scientists have invented a new sponge that could potentially help clean up oil spills. Called Oleo Sponge, the material looks like an outdoor seat cushion, can be wrung out to be reused and the oil recovered, according to the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. At tests at a giant seawater tank at […]

Deepwater Horizon research group offers final $65m

The research initiative that sprung up in the wake of the BP disaster is offering $65 million (£51m) of funding to help understand the effects of oil on the environment and reduce its damaging effects. The announcement comes as the blockbuster movie about the tragic demise of the Deepwater Horizon accident hits the cinemas. The Gulf of Mexico […]