After Killer Floods, Now An Oil Spill Strikes Durban

The start of climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, was greeted by extreme rains that killed 10 people in the ensuing floods, highlighting the threat of climate change. Now blobs of black oil have surfaced on the beaches north of Durban, exemplifying another cost of fossil fuel dependence. “Residents began noticing pockets of oil on the shores of Zinkwazi, Salt Rock, Zimbali and Blythedale beaches,” the New Age paper reports. Officials have not yet determined the source of the oil contamination.

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