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Toxic sludge reaches Atlantic after Brazil dams burst…and more

Toxic sludge reaches Atlantic after Brazil dams burst

A mudflow thick with toxic mining waste, which initially spilled earlier this month from the collapse of two tailings dams into a main river in southeast Brazil, has now reached the Atlantic Ocean, says Brazil’s environmental agency, Ibama. Ibama told Al Jazeera on Sunday that thousands of hectares of land and water in the region have been affected by what has been described as the country’s “worst environmental catastrophe in history”, after the flood of sludge travelled at least 500km through the Rio Doce (Sweet River) over the past few weeks. On November 5, about 60 million cubic metres of iron ore waste – an amount that could fill around 25,000 Olympic-size swimming pools – engulfed and devastated Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu, two districts in the state of Minas Gerais, and contaminated the river, which was a primary source of clean water and food in the region…

 

Tech: Cyber crime attacks set to hit record levels

A DIGITAL security company has warned that 2015 is likely to become the biggest “Cybercriminal Christmas” so far, and it has told UK retailers that they need to be prepared for an increased level of attacks. The study by ThreatMetrix – which analyses more than a billion transactions worldwide every month – showed that over the past three months the company detected 45 million attacks specifically aimed at online retailers, up by 25 per cent on the previous quarter. This is an indication that the run-up to the festive period is likely to see more attacks on online businesses than ever before. Black Friday (November 27) and Cyber Monday (November 30) are two of the major pre-Christmas shopping days and are expected to become…

 

Midwest Deep Freeze Turns Travel Dangerous

Daron Jones, University of Wisconsin's associate director of events and operations, trudges through the snow-covered west stands before an NCAA college football game between Wisconsin and Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. The first significant snowstorm of the season blanketed some parts of the Midwest with more than a foot of snow and more was on the way Saturday, creating hazardous travel conditions and flight delays. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Daron Jones, University of Wisconsin’s associate director of events and operations, trudges through the snow-covered west stands before an NCAA college football game between Wisconsin and Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. The first significant snowstorm of the season blanketed some parts of the Midwest with more than a foot of snow and more was on the way Saturday, creating hazardous travel conditions and flight delays. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

The season’s first major snow is becoming dangerous in the Midwest. A deep freeze set in across the Midwest on Sunday with low temperatures forecast in the single digits and a few below zero, turning the season’s first major snow into ice that made some roads treacherous to travel…

 

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