Today on Planet 100: Coal Ship Collision (Video)

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Today, on Planet 100, a large Chinese freighter carrying coal runs aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the EU unveils eco-Easter eggs, and the iPad is green.

Great Barrier Reef

A large Chinese freighter carrying coal to China ran aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Saturday, raising fears that oil could leak into ecologically sensitive coral reefs.

The Shen Neng 1 was hauling 72,000 tons of coal and had 1,000 tons of bunker fuel aboard when it crashed into the reef at full speed, some nine miles out of its designated shipping lane. Sunday night, traces of oil were detected leaking from the vessel, causing Australian officials to warn of dangers of the vessel breaking apart.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest and most revered reef systems, home to many vulnerable and endangered species.

Via: NYT

Eco Easter Eggs

In the EU, there's a law limiting chocolate packaging and waste which is keeping chocolate manufacturers on their toes. Fair trade favorite Green and Black is widely accepted to have the greenest packaging. Cadbury and Mars eliminated all molded plastic and Nestle gets credit as the "only company whose Easter egg packaging was 100% recycled."

At the other end of the spectrum, Guylian knocked Lindt off the throne for "most excessively packaged egg," Guylian's chocolate egg occupies a mere 9% of its box.

Via: TreeHugger

iPad is Green

The release of the Apple iPad last week is caused much excitement geeks even more among environmentalists. From the energy efficient ten-hour battery to the recycled aluminum casing to the LED backlighting, the iPad is becoming known as a bona fide green gadget.

Via: Huffington Post

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