Mounting concerns that 2,300 tonnes of fuel on the cruise liner Costa Concordia could cause an environmental disaster off the island of Giglio have prompted Italy's cabinet to consider imposing a state of emergency. The ship is resting in water at a depth of between 15 and 20 meters, but salvage teams working to stabilize the ship are worried that it could slip into deeper water after rough seas caused it to shift on Monday. The area of the Mediterranean around Giglio is noted for its marine life. Search teams are still working to find 16 missing people.The Costa Condordia's captain is under increased pressure after the BBC released tapes on Tuesday that indicate he repeatedly disobeyed a coast guard order to return to the ship and account for its passengers.
Read more at Scientific American
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.