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Where’s the Gulf oil? In the Coastal Planktonic Food Web, Study Says

The eye-opening speed of how the oil components moved through the ecosystem may affect the overall health of the Gulf and beyond.

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Gulf Oil Spill: Recent photos Show Disaster Is Far From Cleaned Up

Although BP plugged the well and it was declared effectively dead in mid-September, the catastrophe is far from over for the Gulf residents impacted from the spill and the natural environment likewise devastated in the aftermath.

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BP Oil Well Threatens Ancient Coastal Libyan Sites

News, Pollution
Nov
3

Plans by the energy giant BP to sink an oil well off the Libyan coast could have disastrous consequences for the region’s rich heritage of coastal ancient city sites dating from the 7th century BC– already under threat from oil tankers, coastal erosion and tourist developments.

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Announcing: TEDx “The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis”

News, Pollution
Nov
1

Saturday, November 6, 2010, Plastic Pollution Coalition will host TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch, a one-day event that will bring together global thought leaders from the fields of technology, science, arts and entertainment, design, community activism and business in a dialog on the theme of “The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis”.

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Troubled Islands: Hurricanes, Oil Spill and Sea Level Rise

The Chandeleur Islands, are remote, tenuous strips of sand that have served as surf breaks for the steadily sinking Biloxi Marsh. Some islands could disappear entirely in coming decades, exposing huge swaths of marshland to the waves of the open sea.

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Warning Systems Often Don’t Help Tsunami Victims

News
Oct
30

There are questions about whether Indonesia’s system was working properly, but even if it was, a tsunami generated by an earthquake so close to shore can reach land long before there’s a chance to raise an effective warning, experts say. Seaside communities need to learn to read natural signs, such as earthquakes and unnaturally receding seas, and immediately move away from the coast.

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L’île Mystérieuse

News
Oct
29

It isn’t on the map, no one knows what to call it, and it could vanish at any moment.

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Tests warned of cement troubles before BP blowout

It’s the first finding from the commission looking into the causes of the oil rig’s explosion. The independent investigators do not address other decisions that could have contributed to the cement’s failure and the eventual blowout.

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Root of the Matter: Mangrove as Lives Saver When Natural Disaster Strikes

Countless people clung to life in the branches of mangrove trees hemming the shorelines during the deadly 2004 tsunami that killed more than 230,000 coastal residents in Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

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