Four thousand Catholics from the town of Ky Anh in Vietnam were beaten by police after they led an anti-pollution protest against the government, following the contamination of 70 tons of fish from waste dumped into the sea.
Asia News reports that the Christians were protesting against a fish-related environmental disaster that has gripped the country and threatens to leave hundreds of fishing families hungry.
After nearly 70 tons of fish died allegedly because of pollution caused by Formosa Plastic Group, a steel company that dumped waste into the sea, Christian fishing families affected by the pollution marched at municipal offices in Ky Anh town, but were blocked and beaten by police barricades, leaving several people injured by truncheon blows. more >>
A massive wildfire devastating Southern California continued raging on Thursday, prompting over 82,000 evacuation orders, with firefighters reportedly battling "extreme" and unprecedented fire behavior in the face of an 80-foot wall of fire.
"The biggest thing was, we had to continually retreat against that advancing wall of fire, and that was something that I haven't witnessed in this section, ever," said Eric Sherwin of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, according to CBS News.
"We have strike teams here, and remember, our priorities are life, properties, and infrastructure. And lives also include firefighters' lives. And we can't go and stand in front of that 80-foot wall of fire. That's just self-defeating." more >>
As many as 82,000 people have been told to evacuate from the mountain communities in Southern California as a massive wildfire continues "raging unchecked," according to state officials.
Fire officials said that the Bluecut Fire, which flared up on Tuesday morning, is now covering close to 18,000 acres of land at the Cajon Pass, with none of the fire contained as of Tuesday night, Reuters noted.
Evacuation orders were issued to 82,640 residents and some 34,500 homes near Interstate 15, the main freeway between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area, with the cause of the blaze still under investigation. more >>
Historic flooding in Louisiana has left five people dead as waters continue to rise in the western portion of the state. In response some local churches chose to cancel their services to help with relief efforts.
Torrential rains began bombarding the southern part of Louisiana last Thursday in what Gov. John Bel Edwards called a "truly historic" weather event, according to CNN. At least 20,000 water rescues occurred over the weekend as flood waters swept through.
A report from The Weather Channel indicated that flooding in the Magnolia State was powered by a weather system similar to an inland tropical depression. Parts of Louisiana saw more rain than some U.S. cities have in the last few years combined. In response, some local churches like the First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs joined in helping victims of the flood. more >>
Concerns over the increasingly warming climate spiked once again with the Geophysical Research Letters' revealing we might soon see the hidden military base called Camp Century which was built within the thick Greenland ice sheets and root out wastes that would likely be harmful to the environment.
Camp Century was built in 1959 during the Cold War by the US Army Corps of Engineers following the signing of the Defense of Greenland Agreement in April 1951 by the US and Denmark. It was built 204 kilometers east of the Thule Air Base and there they conducted "Project Iceworm" wherein they sought the feasibility of deploying ballistic missiles within the ice sheets.
Abandoned in 1969 more >>
The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has erupted and is spewing molten lava in the Pacific Ocean.
Kilauea is considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world in the last 30 years. The molten lava leaking into the ocean is the result of an earlier eruption and the incident is considered the first time that the lava has reached the ocean on the edge of the island since August 2013.
Kilauea Volcano Eruption and Overflow The Kilauea volcano erupted last May 24 and the molten lava has continued to flow away from the volcano to the edge of Hawaii's Big Island. According to the International Business Times, the lava overflowed on Tuesday morning. The Hawaii Volcano Observatory specified that the molten lava met the Pacific Ocean at 1:12am HST. more >>