Beautiful Forest
December 12, 2014 4:50 AM   Subscribe

Bangladesh is struggling to clean up an oil spill that threatens environmental damage in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and home to rare Bengal tigers and river dolphins.

The Sundarbans (Bengali for beautiful forest), an area that stretches across the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna river deltas near the Bay of Bengal, is home to rare animals like the Bengal tiger and other threatened species such as the river dolphins and Indian pythons. It was declared a Unesco world heritage site by the United Nations in 1997 and is visited by thousands of tourists annually. Biologists say the mangrove forest is the only place in the world where the freshwater Ganges dolphins and Irrawaddy dolphins are found.

The Daily Star, a leading Bangladeshi daily, (warning: pictures of dead animals in the link), reports on the environmental impact of the spill.

The beautiful forest.
posted by Ziggy500 (8 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Oh no how horrible-- gas prices will go up!
*a fox chases my parents away and eats me*
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:54 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

Main link is "subscribe or log in." Any way to get around that?
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 4:59 AM on December 12, 2014

I just realised that AElfwine Evenstar!

I just got to it via a Google search and it lets you bypass the login then. Hope this works. Sorry for the fail.
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:00 AM on December 12, 2014

Your workaround worked for me, Ziggy.
posted by NoMich at 5:23 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

Good... I'm really annoyed by the surprise login. Had no idea that would be a factor. The Guardian article I linked to is a good overview, if people are having problems accessing the WSJ article.
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:30 AM on December 12, 2014

Mod note: I've taken out the WSJ link and put the Guardian one in its place so there's a non-paywalled link above the fold.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 5:52 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

This is where some Big Oil company could score a lot of badly needed PR points. They have the means (both specialized equipment and money), but do they have the will to use it? Maybe they figure it's best to keep away and pretend it has nothing to do with them.
posted by hat_eater at 8:25 AM on December 12, 2014 [2 favorites]

posted by bird internet at 11:09 AM on December 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

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