Sri Lanka faces an environmental disaster June 2, 2021

from PRI: Science, Tech & Environment· ·

Top of The World — our morning news roundup written by editors at The World.Subscribe here. Sri Lanka environmental disaster Sri Lanka is facing an environmental disaster after the Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl cargo ship broke out and caught fire off the coast, just north of the capital, Colombo, on May 20. The ship carrying chemicals burned for two weeks until the fire was put out this week, spilling microplastics and killing marine life across pristine beaches. Despite efforts by Sri Lankan and Indian navies to prevent the ship from breaking and sinking, rough seas and winds hampered the …

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