Sunken Ship Cleanup Efforts in Sri Lanka Delayed by Monsoon Season

Sunken Ship Cleanup Efforts in Sri Lanka Delayed by Monsoon Season

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A ship that burned for nearly two weeks off the coast of Sri Lanka has finally sunk, and cleanup crews are eager to remove harmful debris from the ecosystem. But monsoon season is delaying the salvage efforts, and officials say there may still be oil and chemicals leaking from the ship’s remains. […]

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Container Ship Burns, Sinks, Unleashing Plastic and Oil on Sri Lankan Shores

Container Ship Burns, Sinks, Unleashing Plastic and Oil on Sri Lankan Shores

A container ship off the coast of Sri Lanka that has been burning for 13 days has now begun to sink. Officials say that this could be the worst ecological disaster in the nation’s history, as plastic “snow” pellets wash up on beaches and oil spills into the ocean. 

Why This Matters: Experts worry that pollutants from the burning ship, including dangerous chemicals, oil, and microplastics, could have wide-reaching impacts beyond the immediately affected zone.

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Hero of the Week: Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa

Hero of the Week: Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa

Our Hero of the Week this week is 11-year-old Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, a student from Washington, D.C, who was killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka last week. Kieran was on leave of absence from the prestigious Sidwell Friends school and was living and studying in Sri Lanka. His father explained that […]

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