Special Coverage

This page lists the special sections that have been created on this site to deal with special environmental situations or emergencies.
  • Oil Sands, Canada
    Oil sands are a mixture of bitumen and sand. The province of Alberta has proven reserves of 174 billion barrels of oil, second in size only to Saudi Arabia. However, oil sands production is a carbon-intensive process because it is a hugely inefficient way of extracting and refining the oil.
  • Sakhalin II
    ...is an off-shore oil development in the Sea of Okhotsk, eastern Russia. It is also the area where the critically endangered western Pacific population of gray whale (Esrichtiius robustus) comes to breed (estimated population of about 130 individuals, with only 25-35 reproductive females).
  • Helicopter Crash, Nepal
    On the 23rd September 2006 tragedy struck when a helicopter carrying several dignitaries, crew and WWF staff crashed in the high mountains of Nepal during bad weather.
  • Tsunami Indian Ocean Rim countries
    The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which had a magnitude of 9.15, triggered a series of lethal tsunamis on December 26, 2004 that killed approximately 275,000 people (more than 168,000 in Indonesia alone), making it the deadliest tsunami in recorded history.
  • Prestige tanker, oil spill, Spain
    The Prestige sank on 19 November 2002, 211km off the coast of Spain. It went down with approx. 65,000 tonnes of oil on board – twice that spilt by the Exxon Valdez. The latest reports indicate that the sunken vessel is leaking more oil.

We no longer have the following special coverage sections on this site:
  • Tasmin Oil spill, Pakistan, 2003
  • Galapagos oil spill
  • Oil spill, Brittany, France
  • Cyanide leak, Balkans


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Director Media, WWF International

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