An estimated 350 tonnes of oil released into pristine environments around the coast of New Zealand after an oil cargo ship was grounded. The public are being advised to stay away from beaches, which are likely to be turned into 10,000 tonnes of sandy waste.
Meanwhile, our fossil fuel subsidies rise to $470 billion, and we continue to drill for oil in the most dangerous places in the world – places where, if there is a spill, there are no effective plans to cope with the clean-up due to the extreme temperatures. And every week, more and more lines of evidence pile up to demonstrate what happens as a result of our fossil fuel habits.
Sometimes I wonder how the human species has existed for so long and isn’t the recipient of a special group prize in the Darwin Awards.