Tristan da Cunha

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Penguins Plucked From Oil Spill in Massive Rescue

With 300 birds dead, thousands more in danger, rescuers ask for help

(Newser) - An isolated island chain halfway between Africa and Argentina, home to 140,000 penguins, is now in the midst of a massive rescue operation, after a shipwreck sent thousands of gallons of oil and soya bean into the waters there. More than 300 penguins have already died since the ship... More »

Atlantic Oil Spill Coats Endangered Penguins

Nightingale Island surrounded by giant crude slick

(Newser) - An oil spill has covered thousands of endangered penguins in crude after a cargo ship ran aground on an island in the South Atlantic, the AP reports. The MS Olivia of Malta broke into two pieces after it hit Nightingale Island in the Tristan da Cunha chain. Its 1,650... More »

Outbreak Hits World's Most Remote Island

Viral asthma affecting 275-person UK territory in South Atlantic

(Newser) - A severe viral asthma is wreaking havoc on Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic island 1,700 miles off the coast of South Africa described as the world's most remote community, the BBC reports. Many of the island's 275 residents are having trouble breathing; medical supplies are dwindling in the South... More »

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