Archive for ecological disaster

20,000 fish: lobsters, starfish, scallops, crabs & other animals died at Savory Park, Canada

Posted in 2016, 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2017 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


30 December 2016

The carcasses of thousands of sea creatures have mysteriously washed up on the western coast of Nova Scotia.

As many as 20,000 fish, lobsters, starfish, scallops, crabs and other animals have turned up dead at Savory Park, Canadian authorities said.

And they have no idea why. Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans department tweeted images of the massive cross-species graveyard.

Environmental officials are testing the water for pesticides and oxygen levels for possible clues. As a precaution, they’re warning consumers to only buy seafood from authorized vendors.

“Dead fish found on shore should not be collected by general public,” the Fisheries and Oceans department tweeted.

According to the US Geological Survey, a number of factors could contribute to fish kills. While toxic chemical exposure can be one cause, most fish kills are attributed to low concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the water, according to the USGS.

Just this year, mass fish deaths were reported in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and Hongcheng Lake in Haikou,China.

In Florida, dead fish blanketed the Atlantic coast for miles in March. The deaths were caused by a combination of environmental factors. Warmer waters, increased precipitation and pollutant runoff made way for toxic algae blooms and brown tide, ultimately depleting the water of oxygen.

In China, an estimated 35 tons of fish died at Hongcheng Lake in May. While residents blamed the fish kill on pollution, local authorities attributed the incident to changes in salt levels…..



A Nail in Our Coffins: Shell, finally about to complete 2 wells in the ocean Arctic; drilling, digging lifting the ban in the oil layers underwater

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , on August 29, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


Photo © Day Donaldson

Monday, August 17, 2015, the Anglo-Dutch company, Shell, has finally fulfilled the conditions to complete two wells in the ocean Arctic for the first time in the last two decades.

This is the result of a long adventure began in 2009, with some $ 7 billion, after George W. Bush has agreed that Shell has concessions in the Chukchi Sea. The works were stopped in 2012 following the loss of control of a platform, resulting in the evacuation of 18 workers and the degradation of an icebreaker. Following this episode, in 2013, the government of Obamawithdrew his permission – a rendered permission conditional on 11 May Monday, August 17 ​​and a ship equipped with a system to close the well if required arrived on the zone drilling, digging lifting the ban in the oil layers underwater on one of the wells.

This polar quest is an important issue for Shell because it is estimated that the region has 13% of world resources of oilundiscovered and 30% of that of natural gas. However this is a risky bet for the environment. This part of the world is already hard hit by global warming – the Arctic is warming almost twice as fast as the rest of the globe – an oil spill would be a disaster.But for the US Department of Interior estimates that this risk is 75% in case of oil exploitation, as appropriate cleaning interventions would be almost impossible by the difficult terrain.

Such a decision of Obama contrasts with its government policies and announcements like that of August 3, where he had offered to reduce by 32% by 2030 Co2 emissions of US electricity production. However, in a press conference late May, President justified his choice: we desire to be autonomous in terms of energy. Despite the dangers of drilling in the area, he explained that such a solution is the best for America. With existing standards and the prohibition to operate both platforms simultaneously, he prefers to produce oil and gas on American soil rather than importing them, especially from countries with poorer environmental standards that States States.

One last word that seems to me very important 4 million people are at home in the Arctic, their lives and their cities are already threatened by melting ice, what will become of these people in the near future?

Phoenix Dust Storms 2014: Huge dust storms envelops Phoenix Arizona 3rd and 26th of July 2014

Posted in 2014 with tags , , on July 27, 2014 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

State neighboring deserts and Mexican California is customary these impressive natural phenomena, which can disappear as quickly as they arrived. They are usually observed in July and August. The reason: high winds combined with extreme drought. During such episodes, the authorities called the inhabitants to remain cloistered at home and not to travel by car.

In 2011, a particularly impressive cloud had engulfed the capital of Arizona. The U.S. National Weather Service had called the storm of ” historic ” , then reported L’Express . In the thirties, the “Dust Bowl” (“dust ball”), a series of storms of the same type had touched the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada for almost a decade. An ecological disaster.

Phoenix Dust Storm  – July 3, 2014

UGANDA : Uproar over killing of rare bird: Two million quelea birds killed to save rice

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI



When the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries was on Monday faced with the challenge of quelea birds eating rice at Kibimba Rice Scheme, their immediate remedy was to kill them by spraying.

This has spurred fury among bird lovers and conservationists who say this was not only a breach of wildlife laws, but also endangering to other animal species not targeted by the spraying.

In an interview with the Daily Monitor, the acting public relations officer, ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Mr Akankwasah Barirega, said the ministry is worried that other non-target species, especially pollinators like bees and butterflies, could have ended up dying which could pose a threat to future food production.

“While we agree with the need to control the birds from destroying crops and causing losses to farmers, the unilateral action taken to indiscriminately spray poison without due consultation and or conducting any environmental impact assessment is not only in breach of the National Environment Act Cap 153, but also has serious ramifications for environment, tourism and hence national economy,” Mr Barirega said.

1.8 million killed
The Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with the Desert Locust Control Organisation of East Africa on Monday carried out a pest control exercise at Kibimba Rice Sheme in Bugiri District, spraying dead about 1.8 million quelea birds that were destroying an estimated 15 tonnes of rice a day.

Section 15 of the Uganda Wildlife Act, Cap 200 requires an environmental impact assessment for any activity likely to have significant impact on any wildlife species or community, and section 96 of the National Environment Act criminalises conducting such activities like aerial spray or introducing new pesticides without conducting an environment impact assessment.

The Ministry of Agriculture did not, however, conduct an environmental Impact assessment before carrying out the aerial spray. Mr Stephen Byantwale, the Principal Agriculture Inspector in the Ministry of Agriculture, said the exercise was aimed at controlling more than 2 million quelea birds that had migrated into the county and were causing destruction.

Mr Acheles Byaruhanga, the executive director of Nature Uganda and a bird’s researcher, said the option of killing birds is an indication of poor planning on the side of the Ministry of Agriculture and that it does not solve the problem.

Mr Byaruhanga said the quelea birds are a native of Uganda which breed in swampy areas and do not move in huge numbers of millions as agriculture officials claim.

“First these birds’ habitats has been destroyed and they need to look for means of survival. Secondly these birds feed on cultivated crops during breeding seasons therefore the Ministry of Agriculture should advice farmers on when cultivation should be which should not be during the birds’ breeding season to minimise loses,” Mr Byaruhanga said, adding that the poisonous spray could easily find its way into the soil.

Bird haven 
Uganda is globally known as the bird haven of Africa and birding is one of the biggest tourism products for the country. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Uganda generates more than $6 million annually from birding tourism alone.

Mr Barirega said other methods like mist trapping, scaring, aerial spray but after careful planning and following an environmental Impact assessment and spraying hot water without using poisonous chemicals could have been deployed.