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Gulf Oil Spill’s Vastness Confirmed: Largest Marine Oil Accident Ever

Heavy band of oil from the Deepwater Horizon, seen during an overflight on May 12, 2010. Captions and Photo source: NOAA


BP’s leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was conclusively sealed this week, but even now, questions remain about the amount of oil that actually came out of it.

Initially after the April 20 explosion, officials claimed that the flow could not be measured. Then, as public pressure for information mounted, they looked for ways to measure it, and started producing estimates: at first, 1,000 barrels a day; then 5,000; then 12,000 to 19,000; then upward from there.

Now, in the first independent, peer-reviewed paper on the leak’s volume, scientists have affirmed heightened estimates of what is now acknowledged as the largest marine oil accident ever.

Using a new technique to analyze underwater video of the well riser, they say it leaked some 56,000 to 68,000 barrels daily, maybe more, until the first effective cap was installed, on July 15…

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80 More Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand Beach

Beached pilot whales, New Zealand. Photo source: ©© Angieandsteeve


At least 40 out of 80 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote northern New Zealand beach have died, and more whales are joining them on land, officials said Wednesday.

It is the second mass beaching in the region in a month…

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August 2010, Karikari Beach, 58 pilot whales beached themselves.

Autopsies on 49 Dead Whales Ruled Out

Dirty secrets at Britain’s Blue-Flagged Beaches

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At least one in four of Britain’s premier bathing beaches are failing to meet the strict requirements of their “Blue Flag” designation, freedom of information requests to local authorities and beach operators have found.

The result is that tens of thousands of bathers who believe they have been swimming in Britain’s cleanest waters may have unknowingly been exposed to raw sewage, according to anti-pollution group Surfers against Sewage (SAS). The beaches in question have no system in place to monitor daily sewage pollution or to warn people if an overflow occurs. SAS says they should be stripped of their status…

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British Beaches Swamped with Pollution, Guardian UK

Revealed: Our Contaminated Beaches, Scotland

Pristine St Nina’s Tombolo, Scotland. Photo courtesy of ©Norma Longo.


Seventeen of Scotland’s most beautiful and popular beaches have been found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of sewage, as the bathing season comes to an end.

The pollution comes from overflowing sewers and from animal faeces washed off the land by rain. It can cause stomach, skin or ear infections and in extreme cases can be lethal for surfers, bathers and paddlers…

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Hurricane Igor Aftermath Expected to Create Epic Surf Competition in Scotland

Fraserburgh Scotland Surf

The tail-end of a hurricane that has already battered Bermuda is expected to create “epic” conditions this weekend for the first ever north-east stop of a national surf competition.

Igor, the strongest storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season so far, is expected to affect the coast of Fraserburgh this weekend as scores of professional surfers and extreme sports fans descend on the town.

The UK Professional Surf Tour, which visits 10 beaches every summer, will roll into the Broch on Saturday, making it only the second Scottish town the tour has visited in its 12-year history.

Organisers are predicting 10ft waves.

Fraserburgh Beach Scotland
Fraserburgh beach, Scotland

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Shipwrecks and Vanishing Coastlines: a Nigerian Predicament

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Residents of Jakande Estate, Lekki, have raised an alarm over the spreading erosion on the beach, about 500 metres away from the sea, which they say threaten their lives.

The residents said the erosion was noticed five months ago, and that it might be caused by a stranded ship that has not been removed since a February storm washed some ships ashore.

The culprit ship, named MT Ray, is one of the 16 vessels washed ashore on February 14 but has now sunk deeply into the sea…

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Lekki residents demand urgent action against erosion

Removal of Wrecked Ships: Good for the Environment, Camsao

Lagos State’s intend to intensify efforts to safeguard coastline

Tsunami Detection Improves, but Coastal Areas Still Vulnerable, Report Finds

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The US’s ability to detect and forecast tsunamis has improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but current efforts are still not sufficient to meet challenges posed by tsunamis generated near land that leave little time for warning, says a new congressionally requested report from the National Research Council.

The report calls for a comprehensive national assessment of tsunami risk and improved communication and coordination among the two federal Tsunami Warning Centers, emergency managers, media, and the public…

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Second big fish kill in less than a week reported in Louisiana

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Plaquemines Parish officials are continuing to investigate a fish kill discovered Thursday.

P.J. Hahn, coastal zone director for the parish, said the parish would like to see more testing of the area where the kill was reported to determine whether oil from the BP spill contributed to the kill, as well as earlier fish kill reported last week…

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Waikiki Beach Replenishment

Honolulu, Waikiki coastal over-development. Hawaii. Photo source: ©© Gouldy99


On the Waikiki shoreline, what’s here today will be gone tomorrow. From Kuhio Beach to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel erosion works overtime.

The loss rate’s about one to two feet a year.

The state wants to replenish 24,000 cubic yards of sand, bringing it in from 2,000 feet off shore to widen the beach by 37 feet…

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Scientists Document Fate of Deep Hydrocarbon Plumes in Gulf Oil Spill

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Excerpts From Texas University, in ScienceDaily

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists led by UC Santa Barbara’s David Valentine and Texas A&M University’s John Kessler embarked on a research cruise with an urgent mission: determining the fate and impact of hydrocarbon gases escaping from a deep-water oil spill…

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