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In total, 36 people were injured and went to the hospital with all but one released by today and most flew home yesterday.
According to USA Today, an investigation is now underway to determine why the ship sailed into the storm. “We don’t know the reason why the ship sailed, knowing such bad weather was forecast,” Kurt Olsen, acting director for Norway’s Accident Investigations Board, told USA TODAY. “We have a very good weather service in this country, so I would guess the crew knew everything about the forecast. How they responded will definitely be part of the investigation.” Torstein Hagen, chairman of ship owner Viking Ocean Cruises, apologized to the passengers for what they had been through.
Why This Matters: An apology?? As if that would do it. This particular Viking cruise ship seemed woefully unprepared to deal with the stormy weather it ran into when its engine failed, which begs the question of what it was doing sailing into the stormy weather in the first place. Stormy weather is not unexpected in that part of the world, and it is likely to be a more frequent occurrence in the future due to climate change. The commercial transportation industries — ships, airplanes, buses, and trains should all be better equipped to deal with severe weather when it arises in order to keep their passengers safe. So should hotels that are sitting on coastlines that we know are vulnerable to storm surge and sea level rise. This storm and resulting evacuation are not likely to be a freak event — and it shows that the tourism industry needs to be better prepared for climate change.
UNESCO has launched a new program to collect, analyze, and monitor environmental DNA (AKA eDNA) to better understand biodiversity at its marine World Heritage sites. Scientists will collect genetic material from fish cells, mucus, and waste across multiple locations along with eDNA from soil, water, and air. The two-year project will help experts assess […]
It’s about time we had a conversation about the birds and the bees…or in this case, the otters and the seagrass. A new study found that the ecological relationship between sea otters and the seagrass fields where they make their home is spurring the rapid reproduction of the plants. Otters dig up about 5% of […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor An abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen is deteriorating rapidly, and experts say that a hull breach could have far-reaching environmental impacts and threaten millions of people’s access to food and water supplies. The FSO SAFER tanker holds 1.1 million barrels of oil — more than four […]
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