Back in October, there was a Major oil spill in Mauritius. Thanks to other news, this has largely been forgotton about.
This is the worst ecological disaster that the country has ever known.
Before the leak was stopped, around 1000 tonnes of oil leaked from the ship and severely contaminated the precious shoreline and lagoons.
A reminder that this happened, an article from, back in October, by Ecowatch is here
Really good article, if there is a follow up to show what the long term consequences of this were I will post it.
For anyone unsure of where Mauritius is, there is a map below from Open Street Map.
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Peat Bogs under threat
Plan to drain Congo peat bog for oil could release vast amount of carbon
The guardian newspaper had an article on this. This could make another STEM topic discussion point. Protecting the environment is important and we can't neglect issues such as this by concentrating on our carbon footprint.
If we drive a car, we can work out the Carbon footprint from how much fuel we burn, but does this calculation include how much Carbon is released if it is released during the extraction process, such as what is mentioned in the article.
With all the talk on Carbon footprints, why don't we also focus on how much Nitrogen Oxides and other particulates. are released by cars?
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