A Bunch of Depressing News about the Oil Leak

BP Gives Unlimited Behind-the-Scenes Access to One Woman, Who Says BP’s Response is Fake: Clean-Up Equipment Taken Away as Soon as Officials Leave

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/06/bp-gives-unlimited-behind-scenes-access.html

BP is accused of destroying the wildlife and coastline of America, but if you look back into history you find that BP did something even worse to America.

They gave the world Ayatollah Khomeini.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/2010/06/post.html

AP Photographer Charlie Riedel just filed the following images of seabirds caught in the oil slick on a beach on Louisiana’s East Grand Terre Island.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/06/caught_in_the_oil.html

And finally, what would kind of area would the oil slick cover in different parts of the world?
http://www.ifitwasmyhome.com/

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Ever Seen 36 Dolphins Stranded in an Oil Slick?

Then today’s your unlucky, depressing day:



Horrible, just horrible.

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Oil is likely spilling at 10x the rate reported by BP

From NPR:

The Coast Guard has estimated the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico at 5,000 barrels a day. But a scientist analyzing a newly released video of the leak says it’s at least 10 times that amount. That means the oil spilling into the Gulf has already far exceeded the amount lost in the Exxon Valdez accident. NPR science correspondent Richard Harris talks to Michele Norris about the new estimate.

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Gulf Oil Leak Pictures

Independent Scientists and Engineers Need Access to This Video!
It has become clear that BP has been monitoring the gushing oil leaks in the Gulf of Mexico almost from the start, and that if they wanted to they could release video to show people what is really going on. But so far they have kept tight control over access to the video feeds and all that we could get our hands on are those still images showing the leak (notice the depth on the left: 4957.5 feet!).

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/05/first-underwater-images-of-bp-oil-spill-wont-show-video.php

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Are There Really ‘Continents’ of Floating Garbage?

Since stories have started surfacing more recently, many have wondered, if the rumors are true. Are there really ‘continents’, or massive
floating garbage patches residing in the pacific ocean? Apparently, the rumors are true, and these unsightly patches are reportedly
killing marine life and releasing poisons that enter the human food chain, as well.

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2007/12/are-there-reall.html

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Tar Sands Worse than Thought

EDMONTON – An independent study suggests pollution from Alberta’s oilsands is nearly five times greater and twice as widespread as industry figures say.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/735399–oilsands-pollution-exceeds-official-estimates-study?bn=1

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Trafigura Finally Forced to Admit Guilt

Thousands of west Africans besieged local hospitals in 2006, and a number died, after the dumping of hundreds of tonnes of highly toxic oil waste around the country’s capital, Abidjan. Official local autopsy reports on 12 alleged victims appeared to show fatal levels of the poisonous gas hydrogen sulphide, one of the waste’s lethal byproducts.

Trafigura has been publicly insisting for three years that its waste was routine and harmless. It claims it was “absolutely not dangerous”.

It has until now denied compensation claims, and its lawyers repeatedly threatened anyone worldwide who sought to contradict its version. It launched a libel case against BBC Newsnight, forced an alleged correction from the Times, demanded the Guardian delete articles, and yesterday tried to gag journalists in the Netherlands and Norway with legal threats.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/16/trafigura-african-pollution-disaster?

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Dirty Shipping

What little reliable information can be gleaned from the mass of estimates, best guesses and informed speculation paints a troubling picture. According to a pioneering 2007 study by James J. Corbett and others published in Environmental Science & Technology, shipping-related emissions of particulate matter contribute to approximately 60,000 premature cardiopulmonary and lung cancer deaths each year, mostly in coastal regions along major trade routes. In a 2007 rulemaking announcement, the EPA published estimates that worldwide shipping in 2001 emitted more than 54,000 tons of PM2.5, as much as 117 power plants, and approximately 745,000 tons of NOx, equivalent to about 800 million modern automobiles. That number is not a typo ─ the global fleet of approximately 90,000 ships really is that dirty.

http://www.dcbureau.org/20090831252/NRNS-Stories/no-safe-harbor-the-shipping-industrys-pollution-problem-part-i-low-hanging-fruit.html

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Sustainable Seafood Pocket Guides

Print one off and keep it in your wallet. Very handy!

Carry the pocket guide that’s right for your region to help you choose ocean-friendly seafood wherever you live or travel. Click on your state on the map below to determine the pocket guide that’s right for you. If you live near a boundary between two regions, we suggest that you look at both pocket guides and pick the one that lists the seafood items commonly found where you live.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx

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Bluefin Tuna Extinction and Mitsubishi

Japan’s sprawling Mitsubishi conglomerate has cornered a 40 per cent share of the world market in bluefin tuna, one of the world’s most endangered fish.

A corporation within the £170bn Mitsubishi empire is importing thousands of tonnes of the fish from Europe into Tokyo’s premium fish markets, despite stocks plummeting towards extinction in the Mediterranean.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/revealed-the-bid-to-corner-worlds-bluefin-tuna-market-1695479.html

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