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Author: L.E.J. van den Bergh Author information: Van den Bergh has a master’s degree in International and European Union Law from the Erasmus School of Law. She is currently working on her second master’s degree in Commercial and Company Law in Rotterdam. Title article: “Industrial pollution and human rights: A case study of the Isla refinery on Curaçao” Journal: Caribisch Juristenblad Abstract The pollution by the Isla refinery on Curaçao has been a problem for many years. Curaçaoans living downwind … Lees meer
Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide—three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence. In the most severely affected countries, pollution-related disease is responsible for more than one death in four. Read more here.
Due to the burning of fossil fuels, CO2 is released to the atmosphere. This is accompanied with ocean acidification and an increasing sea level. In the end, small island development states (SIDS) and coral reefs will pay the highest price for these developments. Furthermore, many people depend on coral reefs for food and income. Therefore, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published “Key World Energy Statistics”. This influential report outlines key numbers of countries regarding CO2 emissions. In this respect, Qatar leads … Lees meer
By Marianna Parraga and Mircely Guanipa | HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela More than 4 million barrels of Venezuelan crude and fuels are sitting in tankers anchored in the Caribbean sea, unable to reach their final destination because state-run PDVSA cannot pay for hull cleaning, inspections, and other port services, according to internal documents and Reuters data. About a dozen tankers are being held back because the hulls have been soiled by crude, stemming from several oil leaks in … Lees meer
Internationally, Greenpeace is one the biggest NGOs aiming for environmental protection. Heretofore, it uses ships. One of these ships, the Esperanza, is right now on Curaçao. According to the Twitter page of the Esperanza, the aim of this ship is to improve the ‘health’ of oceans. Amongst the people of Curaçao, it is widely known that the coral reefs and its biodiversity surrounding Curacao are threatened by environmental pollution caused by the Isla-refinery. Perhaps Greenpeace will be shocked by this … Lees meer
Abstract: Oil spills cause damage to marine wildlife that lasts well past their immediate aftermath. Marine offspring that must settle and metamorphose to reach adulthood may be particularly prone to harm if the legacy of oil exposure interrupts later transitions across life stages. Following an oil spill on Curaçao, we found that oil-contaminated seawater reduced settlement of 2 coral species by 85% and 40% after exposure had ended. The effect of contamination on settlement was more severe than any direct … Lees meer
For many years, the Isla-refinery has been at the center of public debate due to its actions causing environmental pollution and affecting public health. These public voices became increasingly fueled with scientific knowledge. For example, in 1976 Elgershuizen and De Kruijf concerned with the impact of oil-spills on coral reefs (“Toxicity of crude oils and dispersant to the stony coral Madracis mirabilis”, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 7 (2), pp. 22-25,1976). And recently, Pulster (University of South Florida) published her PhD thesis that … Lees meer
Under leadership of Eloise van Wickeren, a movie has been made about a young boy who lives in the neighborhood of the Isla-refinery on Curaçao. His life is affected by the huge pollution of this refinery, that’s what this movie tells you. Unfortunately, it is essentially non-fiction as this movie reflects many daily lifes of young children on Curaçao. Do you like to watch this movie? Click here to watch: Breathless.
What is Curaçao? It is a beautiful island in the Dutch Caribbean and, as a country with approximately 150.000 inhabitants and a status aparte, it is part of the Dutch Kingdom. Amongst others, Curaçao is well-known for its coral reefs and the sea life pursuant thereto: biodiversity is huge. Unfortunately, there is also a dark side to it. According to Erin Pulster (University of South Florida), Curaçao ranks in the top 10 of environmental pollution due to the emissions of the … Lees meer