Scientific American reports that an oil spill at an ExxonMobil facility offshore from the Niger Delta has spread at least 20 miles from its source, coating waters used by fishermen in a film of sludge. Follow the link to read the full article.
Cambodia's government has approved a controversial hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the Mekong River.
"The joint venture involves Cambodian, Chinese and Vietnamese investment of $781m (£488m) and is due to be completed within five years.
The project in northern Stung Treng province is known as Lower Sesan 2.
Environmental campaigners say the dam will damage the river's biodiversity and devastate the livelihoods and homes of thousands of people.
A government statement said the approval came after eight years of study into the possible environmental and social consequences".
Science News reports that farmers and other residents pumping groundwater from Earth’s crust probably triggered an earthquake that killed nine people last year in southeastern Spain, scientists have found. Follow the link to read the full report.