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Why was the vessel so close to Mauritius to begin with? As Julian Lee and Adeola Eribake reported for Bloomberg, geography is part of the answer. They write, “Mauritius and the nearby island of Reunion lie on the shortest straight-line route between the Strait of Malacca, which links the ports of Asia to the Indian Ocean, and the southern tip of Africa.” This means that it is a very desirable route servicing manufacturing centers, research-rich regions, and markets. As such, global shipping lanes, particularly through Mauritius, have become increasingly crowded and putting coastal communities increasingly at risk for spills.
Many, as Forbes reported, are asking follow-up questions about how the spill occurred, whether or not it could be prevented, and what should be done now. According to Nishan Degnarain in Forbes, the satellite data “raises questions about why the vessel’s GPS tracking did not indicate it was heading towards an impact with land, or why local authorities did not intervene with sufficient warning, given the clear trajectory with the island.”
In response to this slow response, and despite the government ordering people to stay away from the spill, local volunteers started making makeshift barriers and cleaning up the beaches. As environmental activist Ashok Subron told AFP news agency, “People have realised that they need to take things into their hands. We are here to protect our fauna and flora.” And sadly, Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, an oceanographer and environmental engineer, told AFP news agency, “I think it’s already too late.”
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new report has found that since the 2015 signing of the Paris agreement, more than 75% of the world’s planned coal plant projects have been scrapped, and 44 countries have no future coal plans whatsoever. The report’s authors hope this trend will continue as the COP26 conference in […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The House Ways and Means Committee has released their portion of the reconciliation for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending package. The plan follows through on many promises made by the Biden administration, including clean energy tax credits and credits for electric vehicle owners. The plan, announced on the heels […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced that it would “revise” regulations regarding renewable energy on public lands, a move that may ease the development of solar and wind projects. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said that it would be seeking input for a new proposal, which it plans to issue early next year. […]
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