Reuters Hong Kong stepped up efforts this weekend to clean up a massive palm oil spill, with authorities scooping up more than 90 tons of foul-smelling, styrofoam-like clumps in one of the worst environmental disasters to blight the territory’s waters.
Dead fish, shells, rocks, plastic bottles and other rubbish could still be found coated with globules of palm oil on beaches across the Chinese-controlled territory six days after the spill caused after two vessels collided in the Pearl River estuary. Stretches of some of Hong Kong’s most popular beaches were still smothered with white clumps of jelly-like palm oil on Wednesday and an accompanying sour stench. 13 beaches have been closed. Residents and environmentalists are outraged, as this recent spill is just one year after mountains of rubbish washed up on Hong Kong’s beaches, with labels and packaging indicating most of it had come from mainland China..