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Why Are Dead Dolphins Washing Up On Italy's Coasts?

ECOBLOG, LA STAMPA (Italy)

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ROME- More than 40 dead dolphins have been found washed ashore along the western coast of Italy since January 5.

La Stampa reports that the locations where the dolphins have been found span more than half the western coastline, from Tuscany to Calabria, as well as the island of Sicily, which would indicate that the problem is not caused by humans (e.g. an oil spill or other pollutant). More likely, the dolphins are victims of a problem in the sea that may have caused an infection in the species, according to a statement released by Italian Minister for the Environment Corrado Clini, says Ecoblog. The remains of at least 42 dolphins had been recovered by mid-February.

Experts have taken samples from the beached cetaceans to seek clues for the cause of this phenomenon. The statement from the Ministry says: The most likely cause is of an infectious nature (in numerous carcasses traces of the bacterium Photobacterium danselae was found, which can lead to hemolytic syndrome and ulcerative lesions).

For this reason, in the coming weeks the researchers will delve into the possible presence of a virus and possible abnormal algal blooms.

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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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