Philippines: Environmentalists criticise artificial beach in Manila Bay

An artificial beach in the Philippine capital, Manila is causing controversy with some environmentalists arguing it is bad for the environment. The ”Manila Bay Sands” project is part of a wider $20m government plan to clean up Manila Bay. The white sand is made from crushed dolomite rock which is extracted from large dolomite mines. The Kalikasan Environment Group says the mining operations are destructive and the synthetic sand can harm marine life. Despite this, thousands of Manila’s residents have been flocking to the beach to catch a glimpse of…

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Locals warn derelict barge ‘Nabarima’ about to spill 55 million gallons of oil and no one is helping : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 88%. (I’m a bot) Locals fear the derelict vessel is about to dump its near 55 million gallons of oil right at the mouth of the Caribbean Sea. The FSO Nabarima sails under the Venezuelan flag and has a capacity of 1.4 million barrels of oil. It’s owned in part by the state-owned energy company PDVSA and Italian oil company ENI. The vessel was abandoned near capacity when U.S. sanctions prevented Citgo from purchasing the oil in early 2019,…

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Irish Farmers Association push for legalization of medicinal cannabis : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 83%. (I’m a bot) The Irish Farmers Association is urging the Irish Government to introduce legislation that would allow farmers to produce medicinal cannabis. The IFA is seeking a meeting with the Department of Health to discuss the issue of potentially changing Irish law to allow the production of medicinal cannabis. The Sunday Times reports that Fintan Conway, an executive secretary with the IFA, sent an email to Marie Egan, a pharmacist with the Irish Health Department, in January…

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