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Solomon Islands world’s heritage site under oil spill threat

The Solomon Islands are beautiful, that much is certain. They are also a huge tourist draw, because of the natural features of the area. This is one of those places that really does deserve to be protected from any harm.

However this task has become much harder after an oil spill from a recently grounded ship threatened to turn everything upside down. The ship, known as the MV Solomon Trader, has been stuck for quite some time near Rennell Island.

For those who might be unaware, Rennell Island is home to the world’s largest coral atoll. Additionally, this beautiful spot is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site.

Reports say the ship is still trapped near the island, and right now water has breached the engine room. If something is not done quickly, then the protected coral atoll could cease to exist in a matter of months or years.

Not only that, but the over 1,200 people who live within the area could be affected by this oil spill. These people are already suffering due to rising lakes caused by climate change, so a terrible oil spill would put them in a life-threatening position. Here’s hoping the ship is removed quickly and the threat goes away sooner rather than later.

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