Protests in Pakistan erupt against China’s belt and road plan

Demonstrations shut down Gwadar, where Chinese are blamed for lack of water and electricity and threat to local fishing Protests have erupted in Pakistan’s port city Gwadar against a severe shortage of water and electricity and threats to livelihoods, part of a growing backlash against China’s multibillion-dollar belt and road projects in the country. ThisContinue reading “Protests in Pakistan erupt against China’s belt and road plan”

Chinese official declares Beijing has targeted Australian goods as economic punishment

A Chinese official has openly declared that Beijing has singled out Australia for economic punishment, saying the federal government cannot profit from China while “smearing” it. China’s government has hit several Australian industries with economic sanctions, imposing hefty tariffs on Australian barley and wine exports while throwing up barriers to several other products including timber,Continue reading “Chinese official declares Beijing has targeted Australian goods as economic punishment”

Ottawa to close about 60 per cent of commercial salmon fisheries to conserve stocks

The federal government says it will close several commercial Pacific salmon fisheries in British Columbia and Yukon beginning this season to conserve fish stocks that are on the “verge of collapse.”  The Fisheries Department said in a news release Tuesday that 79 of 138 commercial and First Nations communal fisheries will be affected, which amountsContinue reading “Ottawa to close about 60 per cent of commercial salmon fisheries to conserve stocks”

Ship That Sunk Carrying 25 Tons of Chemicals Caused ‘Significant Damage’ to Planet

Acontainer ship that caught fire while carrying hazardous chemicals off the coast of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo has caused “significant damage” to the planet by releasing the chemicals, a United Nations representative said. The Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl finally sank on Thursday a month after it caught on fire, the Associated Press reported. Due to the material itContinue reading “Ship That Sunk Carrying 25 Tons of Chemicals Caused ‘Significant Damage’ to Planet”

Fleets of fishing ships are going ‘dark’ in the South Atlantic, and China is the leading culprit

Hundreds of ships spent nearly a million hours off Argentina between January 2018 and April 2021. They appeared to be fishing, and many went “dark,” presumably to hide where they were doing it. A report from nonprofit Oceana found that Chinese-flagged fishing vessels were the biggest culprits. Since 2018, hundreds of ships have trawled theContinue reading “Fleets of fishing ships are going ‘dark’ in the South Atlantic, and China is the leading culprit”

Chemical cargo ship sinks off Sri Lanka, fouling rich fishing waters

A cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals sank off Sri Lanka’s west coast, its navy said on Wednesday, and tonnes of plastic pellets have fouled the country’s rich fishing waters in one of its worst-ever marine disasters. The government on Wednesday suspended fishing along an 80-km (50-mile) stretch of the island’s coastline, affecting 5,600 fishingContinue reading “Chemical cargo ship sinks off Sri Lanka, fouling rich fishing waters”

Amid Historic Drought, a New Water War in the West

A drought crisis has erupted in the Klamath Basin along the California-Oregon border, with fish dying en masse and farmers infuriated that they have been cut off from their main water source. Through the marshlands along the Oregon-California border, the federal government a century ago carved a whole new landscape, draining lakes and channeling riversContinue reading “Amid Historic Drought, a New Water War in the West”

Sri Lanka faces disaster as burning ship spills chemicals on beaches

Debris has killed marine life and is being seen as country’s worst environmental catastrophe Sri Lanka is facing the worst environmental disaster in its history after a cargo ship carrying chemicals caught fire off its coast, spilling microplastics across the country’s pristine beaches and killing marine life. The fire on MV X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-registeredContinue reading “Sri Lanka faces disaster as burning ship spills chemicals on beaches”

Water crisis ‘couldn’t be worse’ on Oregon-California border

The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen wildlife refuges that harbor millions of migrating birds each year. In whatContinue reading “Water crisis ‘couldn’t be worse’ on Oregon-California border”

‘Our friendship will end here:’ Duterte tells China he won’t withdraw ships from West PH Sea

After drawing flak over his remark that his campaign promise for fishermen in disputed seas was a joke, President Rodrigo Duterte warned Beijing that he would not withdraw Philippine ships from disputed waters, even if China killed him.  In a taped meeting that aired on Friday, Defense Secretary Lorenzana told Duterte that the Philippines hadContinue reading “‘Our friendship will end here:’ Duterte tells China he won’t withdraw ships from West PH Sea”

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