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  • Report into California gas explosion that injured 15 US Marines says training area hazards need to be identified

    12 December 2017

    On September 13, an AAV7 armoured amphibious vehicle that went into a roadside ditch while on a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego, punctured a gas main and the ensuing leak caused a 20-foot pillar of flames that engulfed the vehicle. The 15 military personnel inside the vehicle were all injured, with at least nine in critical condition with severe burns immediately after the incident. ...

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  • UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into Nortrader hydrogen explosions makes recommendations

    11 December 2017

    On 13 January 2017, the bulker Nortrader, anchored off Plymouth with a cargo of unprocessed incinerator bottom ash (U-IBA), suffered two explosions in quick succession. The first explosion was in the forecastle store and the second in the cargo hold. The chief engineer, in the forecastle store at the time, suffered second degree burns requiring four months to recover....

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  • Burning of fossil fuels hits record high in 2017 - report

    13 November 2017

    The 12th annual Global Carbon Budget report published on November 13, produced by 76 of the world’s leading emissions experts from 57 research institutions, estimates that global carbon emissions from fossil fuels will have risen by 2% by the end of 2017. The new analysis estimates that 37bn tonnes of CO2 will be emitted from burning fossil fuels, the highest total ever....

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  • India power plant blast death toll reaches 36

    07 November 2017

    The death toll from the November 1 explosion at NTPC’s Unchahar coal-fired power plant in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, reached 36 on November 6. A total of 21 of the seriously injured were flown by air ambulance to New Delhi for specialist treatment after the incident and 18 are said to still be in critical condition, with further fatalities a possibility. Around 80 were less seriously injured....

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  • India power plant blast kills at least 18, injures 100 [Updated]

    01 November 2017

    At least 18 people were killed and around 100 injured after a boiler exploded on November 1 in the newest power generating unit at the NTPC Unchahar power plant in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. The number of dead and injured may rise as many are believed to be trapped inside the unit and many of the injured have suffered severe burns....

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Las Vegas airport aviation fuel tanks deliberately targeted during October 1 mass shooting incident 26 October 2017

On the night of October 1 a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured. It was subsequently discovered that he had also shot at a giant jet fuel tank on the edge of McCarran International Airport, beyond the venue where the concert was taking place....

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US study finds power from coal up to 100 times more toxic than shale gas 26 October 2017

The lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking, according to a new University of Michigan study. In their lifecycle impact assessment, the researchers used Pennsylvania as the point of origin for both shale gas and coal, since both are abundant in the state....

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US urges worldwide ban on laptops in checked-in luggage on aircraft 22 October 2017

A US government regulator has asked airlines to ban large electronic devices such as laptops from checked-in luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asked the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to introduce a ban after tests identified particular dangers in overheating rechargeable lithium-ion batteries....

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Pipeline breach causes jet fuel shortage in New Zealand 15 September 2017

Dozens of flights from Auckland Airport have been cancelled after the a 168 kilometre pipeline carrying jet fuel, petrol and diesel from an oil refinery at Marsden Point in Northland to tanks in Wiri, south Auckland was cut by a digger on September 14. A spokesman from the refinery, owned by Refining NZ, estimated the pipeline would take between 10 and 14 days to fix....

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Fire on board tanker at Indonesian shipyard kills five 12 September 2017

A fire killed five and injured one at ASL Marine Holdings' shipyard in Batam, Indonesia on September 7, according to the Straits Times. The vessel owner-operator and shipbuilder said that initial investigations showed the fire likely started inside the tanker and was confined to the pump room, and that the casualties were all employed by one of the shipyard’s contractors.

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