Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Environmental Consequences of the Israeli-Hizballah war

I was heartbroken upon hearing this story on NPR last night. Here's ATC's synopsis:
Israel's bombing last month of a Lebanese power plant has caused the largest oil spill ever recorded in the eastern Mediterranean. The Lebanese government, aid agencies and volunteers are now trying to clean it up. But the spill of more than 10,000 tons of fuel oil has already killed birds, blackened the sand -- and settled onto the sea bottom.
The reporter said that clean-up efforts are only now getting started - in part because the Lebanese government had to get Israeli permission to do reconnaisance flights to check out the extent of the spill. And it's already spread into to Syria's territorial waters and is heading north to Turkey. It may be the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.

I could editorialize here on the wantoness of Israeli foreign policy or the consequences of war or ... but I'll leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.

3 comments:

turtlebella said...

This is SO heartbreaking...like the Exxon Valdez spill?! That's majob ecological disaster, as far as I am concerned. Horrible, horrible. War is so freaking BAD and WRONG and, well, don't let me get started.

Green Fertility Marie said...

Ugh, add to that all the oil that's been spilled in the pipeline breaks/bombing in Iraq! If women ruled the world...

Good luck on your academic stuff...

Writer Chica said...

This is tragic and preventable.