Poachers in Africa are encroaching on wildlife land and killing rhinos in travel hot spots now devoid of visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Deepwater Horizon disaster: the names of the guilty parties
The news agency Reuters has published the factbox including the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon rig construction and management, all co-responsible for the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Transocean Ltd (RIGN.S) (RIG.N) – The company based Switzerland, is the owner of the oil platform Deepwater Horizon. The rig went into service in 2001 for a geophysical survey in the area of Macondo, starting from 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) – British Petroleum hired the oil rig from Transocean for 500,000 dollars per day. BP is the project’s operator, from which it obtains 65% of profits.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N) – The Houston company owns a 25% of non-operating interest in the well.
Cameron International Corp (CAM.N) – The Houston company supplied a piece of equipment known as a blowout preventer. Blowout preventers are put in place to stop an uncontrolled flow of oil or gas. The Deepwater Horizon’s blowout preventer failed to operate and seal the well.
Halliburton Co (HAL.N) – The oilfield services company, which has headquarters in Dubai and Houston, provided a number of services on the Deepwater Horizon. The company was providing cementing on the well to stabilize its walls, according to Transocean’s website.
BP agreed to pay the largest fine in US history as compensation for the worst environmental damage ever: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
La vera portata del disastro ambientale è ancora in fase di studio, la National Wildlife Federation ha però pubblicato uno studio sugli impatti sulla biodiversità.
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has contributed two million dollars to a fund to protect Virunga National Park in Congo from threats such as terrorism, the coronavirus and poaching.
Bangladesh suffered widespread damage as a result of Cyclone Amphan. Yet the Sundarbans mangrove forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the country from further destruction, as it has done countless times before.
For the first time in seventeen years, Iceland’s two main whaling companies won’t resume whale hunting. The announcement concerns this year’s season but could carry into the future.
The relationship between the coronavirus and wildlife is complex: while the pandemic may lead to a reduction in the illegal trade in wild animals, it may also encourage it in other respects.
The largest coral reef in the world is severely threatened by climate change, but researchers are developing strategies that could contribute to saving the Great Barrier Reef.
NGO Free the Bears has opened a mountain sanctuary for moon bears in Laos. With the government’s help, it aims to close all bile farms by 2022.