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  • Three die of suffocation aboard oil tanker in Philippines

    12 August 2020

    Three crewmembers of an oil tanker died of suffocation on August 10 while they were cleaning out a cargo tank on the vessel....

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  • Lebanese government resigns in wake of explosion that killed 220 and injured over 6,000

    11 August 2020

    The Lebanese government resigned on August 10 following the deadly August 4 blast at the Port of Beirut which has so far killed 220 people and injured over 6,000. A series of protests led to Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigning along with his entire cabinet. Meanwhile, details have emerged about the events leading up to the blast, including how Diab and Lebanon's President were warned in July about the possibility of a devastating explosion at the port....

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  • Trump administration set to announce removal of methane regulations

    11 August 2020

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to publicly announce new rules on methane emissions, rescinding Obama-era regulations targeting the emissions from oil and gas wells. The announcement will be made before August 16 and will end requirements for oil and gas producers to install systems and procedures which detect and fix methane leaks....

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  • UK competition launched to find innovative nuclear technologies

    10 August 2020

    The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – including Sellafield Ltd and Magnox Ltd – has teamed up with Innovate UK to launch a £3.9 million competition to find ways to sort and segregate radioactive waste at some of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites....

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  • Mauritius faces environmental disaster as shipwrecked tanker leaks oil

    07 August 2020

    The Government of Mauritius announced on August 6 that an oil tanker which had run ashore on the island nation’s southeast coast in July had started to leak oil, sparking fears of an environmental disaster....

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One person killed, two injured after guacamole machine explodes in US 06 August 2020

A man was killed and two others injured on August 5 after a food processing machine exploded in Schenectady, New York. The machine was being tested for the manufacturing of guacamole when the blast occurred....

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Real-time imaging can help prevent deadly dust explosions 06 August 2020

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an image- and video-based application using OpenCV algorithms that detect explosible suspended dust concentration. The app uses a camera or a video recording device to image and determine suspended dust and to accurately distinguish it from normal background noise....

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Explosion in Beirut kills 220, injures over 6,000 05 August 2020

An explosion in the Port of Beirut, Lebanon killed at least 220 people and injured over 6,000 on August 4 with 110 people still missing as of August 10. The significant blast sent shockwaves through the city, destroying buildings and overturning cars, and was felt as far away as Cyprus, 150 miles (241km) away....

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Causes of 2019 solar facility explosion which injured nine revealed in new report 04 August 2020

A final investigative report into the April 2019 explosion at utility company Arizona Public Service's (APS) solar battery facility in Surprise, Arizona was published on July 27. The report into the incident, which injured nine first responders, explains the reasons behind the explosion and offers several recommendations to prevent similar incidents occurring at other battery energy storage systems....

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Trump administration issues final ruling on transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail 04 August 2020

The US government released a final rule on July 24 allowing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be shipped by rail despite critics warning that it risks explosions. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended federal hazardous material rules which had prohibited the transportation of LNG via train....

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