Giant plastic ‘berg blocks Indonesian river
Coğrafya Haber Merkezi / 4 Mayıs 2018

A crisis of plastic waste in Indonesia has become so acute that the army has been called in to help. Rivers and canals are clogged with dense masses of bottles, bags and other plastic packaging. Officials say they are engaged in a “battle” against waste that accumulates as quickly as they clear it. The commander of a military unit in the city of Bandung described it as “our biggest enemy”. Like many rapidly developing countries, Indonesia has become notorious for struggling to cope with mountains of rubbish. A population boom has combined with an explosive spread of plastic containers and wrapping replacing natural biodegradable packaging such as banana leaves. The result is that local authorities trying to provide rubbish collection have been unable to keep up with the dramatic expansion of waste generated. And a longstanding culture of throwing rubbish into ditches and streams has meant that any attempt to clean up needs a massive shift in public opinion. ‘Shocking sight’ In Bandung, Indonesia’s third largest city, we witnessed the shocking sight of a concentration of plastic waste so thick that it looked like an iceberg and blocked a major tributary. Soldiers deployed on a barge used nets to try…

Giant sinkhole causes Chinese farmer to lose 25 tonnes of fish overnight
Coğrafya Haber Merkezi / 1 Mayıs 2018

The five metre-wide hole may have been caused by a nearby quarry A giant sinkhole which appeared in a pond in China swallowed up 25 tonnes of fish and ruined the livelihood of a local farmer. Water levels were seen to drop at a rapid rate at the farm in Guiping in south China, until almost completely drained – revealing the huge hole. Locals believe that the crevice, which is almost five metres wide, may have been caused by quarrying nearby. The People’s Daily reported that Mr Yang, the farmer who runs the pool, lost 25 tonnes of fish as a result of the sudden plughole in the pond bed. He reportedly runs the pond as part of a collective farm – a set up which is a significant method of fish farming in the country. Onlookers said that water levels began falling at about 4am and continued to do so until 9am. An investigation into the incident has been opened following claims relating to quarry activity. Sinkholes around the world Photo