Humans Have Created a New Natural Disaster

first_img OECS Commission to start using Facebook’s Disaster Maps… COVID-19 Brings New Pollution Challenge Jun 7, 2019 The June Sargassum invasion in Barbados claimed the lives of three sea turtles, six dolphins, and “countless” fish and eels, The Daily Nation reported. But surely more have perished in the months since, as sheets of the bulbous-tipped seaweed—sometimes several feet deep—have become regular visitors to the country’s eastern and southern shorelines. “We’ve had mass mortality of sea turtles that have gotten trapped under ever-thickening piles,” said Hazel Oxenford, a Barbados-based fisheries biologist at the University of the West Indies. “When the turtles try to come up for air, they drown.” Because these Sargassum beachings are primarily happening during nesting season, which runs from March until the end of October, baby turtles attempting to crawl from their eggs toward the ocean are also getting caught in it. Read more at: New Republic Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (New Republic) “Beach, eat, drink, dance, repeat.” These are Rihanna’s favorite things to do in Barbados. In a June 7 interview with Conde Nast Traveller, the pop star gushed over her home country, a small island nation in the middle of the Caribbean. “When I’m in Barbados, all is right with the world,” she said. But not all was right with Barbados. The same day, the local The Daily Nation newspaper reported on an “invasion of the Sargassum seaweed”—a brown, leafy algae that had washed up in thick mats on the white-sand beaches of the island’s eastern shores. The next day, the country’s government declared it a national emergency. Seen from afar, the bloom looked like a coppery oil spill slicking the sea. But a closer look revealed dead wildlife entangled within it. CDB President wants faster transformation for a prosperous,… Jun 7, 2019 Related Posts Jun 19, 2020 Massive seaweed infestations are killing sea turtles and befouling beaches across the Caribbean—and scientists say it’s just the beginning. Mysterious masses of seaweed assault Caribbean islandsIn retrospect, 2011 was just the first wave. That year, massive rafts of Sargassum—a brown seaweed that lives in the open ocean—washed up on beaches across the Caribbean, trapping sea turtles and filling the air with the stench of rotting eggs. “It presented immense challenges,” says Hazel Oxenford, a fisheries biologist…June 20, 2018In “Caribbean Tourism Organisation”Sargassum an ‘unwelcome visitor’ – CTOThe Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) on Tuesday described Sargassum – which has been invading Caribbean beaches recently – as an “unwelcome visitor” which was “taking away from the beach experience for our guests”. In a statement, the tourism organisation said that it was treating the matter seriously and with urgency and…August 11, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Tobago House of Assembly leader wants Regional summit on sargassumSCARBOROUGH, Tobago, Aug 4, CMC – Faced with a number of hotel cancellations, the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Orville London is calling for an emergency meeting of Caribbean leaders to discuss the sargassum seaweed invasion across the region. “We are going to approach the national…August 4, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApplast_img

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