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Breaking! Massive Oil Spill Off The Coast Of Israel Wreaks Havoc Covering Sea Turtles In Thick Tar; Rescue & Cleanup Efforts Are Underway

Photos by: Yaniv Levi, Shlomi Amran, Shlomi Ben Shimol, and Nadi Kansky from Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center, Facebook

Israel is in an urgent race to save wildlife after an oil tanker leaked in the Mediterranean Sea. This is Israel’s most serious ecological disaster in recent years.

As per a statement from Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, sticky, black tar began washing up and contaminating the beaches last Wednesday, as a result of the stormy weather. It is feared that another storm with high waves will begin this week.

Thousands of trained volunteers across Israel are helping with beach restoration efforts, which include rescuing marine animals. Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center confirmed in a post on its Facebook page that it is treating multiple turtles covered in tar.

The organization, which is affiliated with Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority and the Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation (INHF), is urging the public to immediately report any sea turtle found “alive or dead” to its 3639 hotline.

“Live turtles must come to treatment at the rescue center as soon as possible, while the dead turtles are important to document, so that we learn the scope of the disaster,” the wildlife sanctuary shared in the post.

Sadly, out of 190km of beach in Israel, 170km were hit by the oil spill, from Rosh Hanikra to Zikim. The nature reserves affected include: Shakmona, Habonim, Rosh Hanikra, Tel Dor, Palmachim, Nitzanim, Zik Gedor, Hasharon Beach.

As noted by the Nature and Parks Authority on its Facebook page, field assessments report that it is evident that these complex and strenuous operations will be required to continue over a long period of time. The Authority is working with EcoOcean and other organizations that are involved in the clean-up and are setting up information and volunteer stations at several centers along the beach.

If you are currently in Israel and would like to volunteer to help in the cleanup efforts, please find more information HERE!

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Breaking! 39 Dead Dolphins Wash Ashore After Massive Oil Spill In Mauritius; Thousands Protest Against Government’s Inaction

Photos By: Greenpeace Africa 

Last month, WAN reported on the devastating oil spill that occurred in Mauritius after a Japanese cargo ship, the MV Wakashio, struck a reef off the country’s coast. 

According to Greenpeace, 39 dead dolphins have been discovered off the shore of Mauritius one month after the ship ran aground, spilling 1,000 tons of oil into the sea.

Thousands of frustrated local residents protested in the capital city, Port Louis, demanding an investigation into why the ship strayed miles off course questioning the government’s poor handling of the oil spill.

“This is a deeply sad and alarming day for the people of Mauritius and for its singular biodiversity, itself known and appreciated by the worldwide biodiversity community,” said Happy Khambule, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager in a statement. Greenpeace appeals to the authorities to carry out a swift, transparent, and public autopsy of the animals that have been killed as a result of the oil spill. 

On Monday, August 24th, Greenpeace Africa and Greenpeace Japan joined local human rights organization Dis Moi in sending a letter to the Government of Mauritius, calling for greater transparency and accountability in their handling of the crisis and calling for three key investigations. The stranding of an extraordinary number of mammals reinforces how urgent these demands are.

“The ocean is part of who we are. The whole country including coastal communities depend on its health. That is why many Mauritians woke up anguished and afraid that the oil spill may be killing it,” said Vijay Naraidoo, Co-director of Dis Moi. “Such biodiversity loss is an ominous development for what might come as a result of the oil spill.”

Cetaceans are already facing serious threats from: climate change, plastic pollution, and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and habitat loss. The long term impacts of the oil spill are yet to be determined, but will negatively affect turtles, seabirds, and much of the marine life in the area for a long period of time.

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Trump Administration Shockingly Opens 1.6 Million Acres Of Arctic Refuge To Oil Drilling For The First Time

This week, the Trump administration released a Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program Record of Decision finalizing plans for oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, opening up the 1.6 million acre coastal plain of the public-lands area to fossil fuel development for the first time.

“The Trump administration never stops pushing to drill in the Arctic Refuge—and we will never stop suing them. America has safeguarded the refuge for decades, and we will not allow the administration to strip that protection away now.

“This is an egregious intrusion into the sacred lands of the Gwich’in and other Indigenous People. It threatens the heart of the largest pristine wildland left in America—the birthing grounds and nursery for the Porcupine Caribou Herd, and home to polar bears, musk oxen, migratory birds and other precious wildlife.

“The administration’s reckless, relentless boosting of the oil industry will irrevocably damage this cherished place and compound the global climate crisis. We will not let it stand,” said Gina McCarthy, President of NRDC (the Natural Resources Defense Council).

The Trump administration rushed out an environmental impact statement last September for the Arctic Refuge after Republican leaders in Congress slipped a provision directing Arctic Refuge leasing into the 2017 tax bill.

“President Trump’s decision runs roughshod over laws designed to protect wildlife like polar bears and caribou, which have used the coastal plain since time immemorial as a refuge to give birth to their young every year,” said Earthjustice Deputy Managing Attorney Erik Grafe. “The administration’s plan to ruin this place for short-term private oil profit is unlawful, and we will soon see them in court. The sacred, wild, and irreplaceable Arctic Refuge is the last place we should be surrendering to dead-end oil development that will only worsen the climate crisis.”

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