Tons of fuel at sea in the Mauritius

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Tons of fuel at sea in the Mauritius

A Japanese ship ran aground off the coast of the Mauritus Island and began to run out of fuel. The ship Wakahisho ran aground in the atoll and fuel is spilling more than expected. Satellite images describe the emergency well, with 4,000 tons of fuel leaking from the tanker.

The place where the ship ran aground is near an area called Pointe d'Esny, a brackish wetland that is home to plant and insect species found only in Mauritius. The Blue Bay Marine Park, the country's most popular snorkeling spot, is just one kilometer away.

Happy Khambule, of Greenpeace Africa Climate said: "Thousands of species around the pristine lagoons of Blue Bay, Pointe d'Esny and Mahebourg are at risk of pollution, with disastrous consequences for Mauritius's economy, food security and health."

The Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, declared a state of environmental emergency also because the Indian Ocean island may not have the resources to cope with the disaster. The Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off the island on 25 July and her crew was evacuated.

The ship, owned by a Japanese company but registered in Panama, was empty when it ran aground. Almost 20 days have passed between what the local population defines as government inattention. "Our country does not have the skills and abilities to free the stranded ships", said the minister addressing France, adding that the weather conditions have made it impossible to act and saying he is "worried about what may happen on Sunday when the weather gets worse" .

Jugnauth shared a photo of MV Wakashio, dangerously leaning. The French island of Reunion is the closest to Mauritius. A note from Paris said that a military aircraft will carry pollution control equipment, while a navy ship will provide additional materials.

"We are in a situation of environmental crisis," said Environment Minister Kavy Ramano. An investigation was opened for negligence.

Small animals wake up after 30 years of hibernation!

Incredible but true: small animals with a peculiar appearance and a little alien thawed after being hibernated for more than 30 years in the ice of Antarctica.

They are the tardigrade, which, after thawing, began to reproduce normally. they would be gifted in a DNA in which many genes come from other species, such as primitive bacteria, fungi and plants. The tardidradi are a tenth of a millimeter long: they were found together with an egg inside ice samples taken in Antarctica in November 1983, thawed more than 30 years later in the laboratory.

The two animals took about 2 weeks to fully awaken and one of them then laid 19 eggs, which almost all hatched. Even the egg found has resisted hibernation, leading to the birth of a new individual. Hibernation would not seem to have caused damage to these small animals, already known to the world of research for their incredible resistance to hostile environments of all kinds, even to pressures close to zero and the radiation of space.

The secret of the resistance of water bears could be hidden in the DNA and the next step of the Japanese researchers will now be to analyze it, to try to understand what mechanisms have developed to repair the genetic damage due to hibernation.