Although the effect of the tsunami was minuscule in California compared with Japan, the scattered damage is providing a rare opportunity to study how the waves work and to help officials better prepare for what could be a far more destructive seismic event along the state’s coast.
A wrecked ship is threatening to cause an environmental disaster on an island which is home to endangered penguins, conservationists have warned.
The vessel has grounded on Nightingale Island, part of the Tristan da Cunha UK overseas territory in the South Atlantic, causing an oil slick around the island which is home to nearly half the world’s population of northern rockhopper penguins.
Some 1,500 tonnes of heavy crude oil from the MS Olivia, which was shipping soya beans between Rio de Janeiro and Singapore, is leaking into the sea.
“After being away from the Gulf for several months I had come down with a team from Ocean Conservancy to find out what was happening almost a year later. Unfortunately, Lynette’s story confirmed my fears, that just because the oil was largely out of sight and for many out of mind, it was still wreaking havoc on the environment and the people whose lives depend on it…”
Opposition is mounting in Barbados, against a plan by foreign investors to develop popular recreational spot Cove Bay, St. Lucy into a multi-million dollar resort.
The investors have plan that includes the construction of villas and a restaurant along the cliff there, but news of the project is raising concern, prompting the establishment of a Facebook group that now has more than 750 members, and words of concern from the Barbados National Trust…