Fish populations across the globe are declining due to multiple causes, one alarming factor being the warming of the oceans. A study showed the amount of seafood that could be sustainably harvested by humans shrank by 4.1 percent from 1930 to 2010, which is about 1.4 million metric tons of fish. The northeast Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Japan have seen the biggest impact, with fish populations plummeting by as much as 35 percent between 1930 and 2010. Oceans have absorbed 93 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouses gases, and an earlier January study in “Science” revealed ocean temperatures were increasing significantly faster than estimated. Unsustainable overshing is also an ongoing problem.
Original article by Kendra Pierre-Louis, Feb. 28, 2019. The New York Times.
A group of women’s rights activists were recently investigated by Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor after being accused of trying to “undermine the security” of the kingdom through their activism. Seventeen activists, both men and women, were arrested in May 2018 for pressing the right of women to drive but have not faced formal charges yet. Although Saudi Arabian officials deny the mistreatment of the arrested, relatives of the activists and others familiar with the cases claim some activists were tortured during interrogation.
Original article by Ben Hubbard, March 2, 2019. The New York Times.
A leaking pipeline exploded in southern Nigeria, causing a stampede, and now, more than 50 people are missing. The explosion also caused a large oil spill in the nation. Police published an official death count of at least 12, but witnesses estimate at least 60 have died. It is unclear whether the pipeline has been shut down at the time of reporting.
Original article by The Associated Press, March 2, 2019. The New York Times.