Peru Calls Oil Spill Caused By Tonga Eruption an ‘Ecological Disaster’

People haven’t just made the planet hotter. We’ve changed the way it rains.

You probably noticed a lot of weird weather in 2021.  From record-breaking deluges and tropical storms to drought-stricken landscapes that erupted in wildfire, the nation seemed to lurch from one weather-related disaster to the next. 

“The infrastructure in this country was built for the climate of the 20th century. It was not built for what we have today.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

You’re forgiven if you dismiss these events as unrelated, albeit unfortunate, phenomena. But they actually share a common bond – they’re all part of a new climate reality where supersized rainfalls and lengthening droughts have become the norm.  Blame global warming.

Rising temperatures don’t just make the planet hotter. They’ve also knocked longstanding precipitation patterns off balance by altering how much water cycles between earth and sky.

Yes, there have always been erratic weather patterns, but now the heaviest downpours and droughts are growing more extreme, USA TODAY revealed in its recent yearlong project, Downpour…READ ON

Peru Calls Oil Spill Caused By Tonga Eruption an ‘Ecological Disaster’

Peru has demanded compensation for an oil spill that has been dubbed an “ecological disaster” by the Peruvian government, Reuters reported. A tanker owned by the Spanish oil company Repsol was unloading oil at La Pampilla refinery when unusually high waves from the volcanic explosion near Tonga caused the spill.

Cleaning crews work to remove oil from a beach in the Peruvian province of Callao on January 19, 2022 after a spill which occurred during the offloading process of the Italian-flagged tanker “Mare Doricum” at La Pampilla refinery caused by the abnormal waves recorded after the volcanic eruption in Tonga. Photo credit: Carlos Mandujano / Getty Images / AFP

More than 6,000 barrels of oil have been leaked by the refinery, many animals covered in oil have perished and three beaches affected by the spill have been sealed off by authorities, BBC News reported. Environmental group Oceana Perú said in a tweet that the oil along the Pacific coast of Peru was affecting species of birds, sea lions, otters and dolphins…READ ON

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