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Sea levels set to rise by up to a meter: report

SYDNEY (AFP) – Sea levels are set to rise by up to a metre within a century due to global warming, a new Australian report said Monday as it warned this could make “once-a-century” coastal flooding much more common. The government’s first Climate Commission report said the evidence that the…

Osama bin Laden’s sons lash out at ‘arbitrary killing’

WASHINGTON — The sons of Osama bin Laden broke their silence Tuesday, denouncing his “arbitrary killing” and saying the whole family felt demeaned and humiliated by the father’s burial at sea. In a statement given to the New York Times, the sons asked why their father “was not arrested and…

Japan brings home embattled whaling fleet

by Frank Zeller TOKYO (AFP) – Japan recalled its Antarctic whaling fleet a month early Friday, citing the threat posed by militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd and demanding foreign countries crack down on the activists. Tokyo told Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands to take action against the US-based group,…

Church of Scientology investigated over ‘slave labor’: report

The FBI is investigating the Church of Scientology over allegations its practices may have violated human trafficking laws, a news report states. According to a profile of filmmaker and former Scientologist Paul Haggis in the New Yorker, the FBI is running an ongoing investigation into claims the church pays some…

US, Japan discussed ‘action’ against anti-whaling groups, leaked cable reveals

Japanese and American officials discussed taking action to weaken a prominent anti-whaling group, with Tokyo insisting that Sea Shepherd’s confrontations on the high seas actually hurt efforts to reduce whaling, U.S. diplomatic cables show. The U.S. representative to the International Whaling Commission, Monica Medina, discussed revoking the U.S.-based conservation group’s…

Anti-whaling activists clash with Japanese whalers

Japanese whalers shot water cannons at anti-whaling activists on Saturday, the conservationist group’s founder claimed, hours after the activists tracked down the whaling fleet in the remote and icy seas off Antarctica. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is chasing the fleet in the hopes of interrupting Japan’s annual whale hunt,…

Sea ice melting as Arctic temperature rises

Report: Arctic temperature rising at near record rates, sea ice melting The latest report on the Arctic shows the temperature is rising again and the sea ice is declining to one of the lowest levels on record. The government on Thursday released this year’s update, a report by 69 researchers…

Relief well remains Gulf’s last best hope to end oil gusher

As engineers bore deeper into the seafloor toward the source of the oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC is growing more confident that the relief well it expects to complete in August will succeed where all previous efforts to contain or kill the gusher have failed.…

Anti-whaling leader on Interpol wanted list

TOKYO — Interpol this week placed the head of US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd on an international wanted list at Japan’s request, authorities in Tokyo said Friday. The Japan Coastguard was informed by Interpol Thursday about the listing of Canadian Paul Watson, 59, for allegedly conspiring to harass whaling ships…

BP ‘burning sea turtles alive’

A rare and endangered species of sea turtle is being burned alive in BP’s controlled burns of the oil swirling around the Gulf of Mexico, and a boat captain tasked with saving them says the company has blocked rescue efforts. Mike Ellis, a boat captain involved in a three-week effort…

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