The first complete inventory of its kind, the Census of Marine Life, reveals that the biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea is the most at risk (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). The Census also revealed that the waters around Australia, Japan and China are the richest in marine species. The seas most under threat are the Mediterranean followed by the Gulf of Mexico, now affected by the BP oil leak, the Baltic and the Caribbean. Scientists were investigating the number of different species in 25 key ocean areas and discovered, numbers ranging from 33,000 species around Australia and Japan to just over 2,600 off the west coast of Canada. While much work has been devoted to investigating biodiversity, there remains large gaps, however this 10 year project has now published the most comprehensive data to date. Patricia Liloslavich, from the Simón Bolívar University (Venezuela), said of their work, "We have gathered all the information that was scattered or only available locally. The census has made a huge contribution to turn chaos into order. All this information was dispersed but has now been revised, analysed and presented in a collection of articles in a magazine. In the Mediterranean, overfishing, loss of habitat, pollution, introduction of invasive species or increased temperatures due to climate change are some of the more visible threats. Marta Coll, a researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences and coordinator of the study explained "Probably these threats will grow in the future, especially those associated with climate change and habitat degradation."
Mexican authorities identify the third victim in the river accident as Catalan Irene Carbo (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The accident, in which four young Spanish tourists died, took the lives of Neus Terradas and his sister Núria, from the small town of Cassa de la Selva in northeastern Spain, Catalan Irene Carbo and Francesc Espasa. Aina Frau from Mallorca and Bernat Palau, from Barcelona survived the accident and arrived at Barcelona airport, El Prat on Monday at 6pm. The bodies were found about 70 miles from where the tragedy occurred in poor condition. They are still to locate the body of Francesc Espasa, a student at UPC in Barcelona who was also on the trip. The group of six Spanish, went out last week, accompanied by a guide and a boatman and tried to cross the Tanchachín River in a wooden boat. They were trying to visit the famous waterfall Tamil. The Mexican authorities had banned the navigation in the area due to recent heavy rains. The guide and the boatman have since been arrested.
The president of the Generalitat, José Montilla has decided on the date of the regional elections but is keeping the information to himself (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Montilla has stated that the decision took him some time and has said the first to know will be the members of the government. He did not confirm whether the elections would be on October 24th, the date widely speculated in recent days, nor whether or not it will be held before or after the Pope's visit to Catalunya, scheduled for the first weekend in November.