Greenpeace finds coral reef in Total’s Amazon drilling area – an annotated infographic

Scientists aboard a Greenpeace ship have discovered that a massive coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon extends further than thought, overlapping areas where French company Total plans to drill for oil. The research could further complicate plans by oil companies to explore an area that some geologists say could hold up to 14 billion barrels of petroleum – more than the entire proven reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2013, Total led a group including Britain’s BP Plc and Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras in buying five exploration blocks in the Foz do Amazonas basin, but the … Continue reading Greenpeace finds coral reef in Total’s Amazon drilling area – an annotated infographic

#Syria’s improvised chemical rockets – an annotated infographic

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are due to start work in Douma, outside the Syrian capital, Damascus. The alleged chemical attack on April 7 2018 is the sixth chemical attack in Douma in 2018. Munitions recovered from previous attacks show they are modified Iranian 107mm rockets. In addition to collecting samples, OPCW inspectors will be looking for other clues to confirm the alleged use of banned toxins in the attack on April 7. Analysis of the samples will take place at the OPCW’s central laboratory in the Netherlands. The evidence is split and sent … Continue reading #Syria’s improvised chemical rockets – an annotated infographic

India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft’s tricky mission to #Moon’s south pole

India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will attempt to land a briefcase-sized rover onto the Moon’s surface, 600km from the lunar south pole, while an orbiter above searches for water – vital to future manned missions. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft’s tricky mission to #Moon’s south pole