Mangroves under threat, Solomon Islands


Mangrove roots. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Mangroves are continuously under threat from overharvesting, degradation and land reclamation. Yet we continue to cut them down unaware at times of the role these trees are playing within the coastal ecosystem.

Fiji and other Pacific Islands are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and because we cannot prevent it we have to find means to adapt to climate change…

Read Full Article; By, Solomon Islands Journal, News online.

BP Oily waste dumped in landfills

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The Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency shored up their oversight of BP’s work to clean up the oil-soaked Gulf Coast on Thursday, setting new standards for how the company and its contractors should test and track the garbage generated by the ongoing spill.

BP PLC has hired private contractors to haul away thousands of tons of polluted sand, crude-coated boom and other refuse washing ashore from the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

So far the disaster has generated more than 3,913 tons of solid waste, which is being hauled to landfills in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida…

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Is oil spill waste being mishandled? AP
A leaky truck filled with oil-stained sand and absorbent boom soaked in crude pulls away from the beach, leaving tar balls in a public parking lot and a messy trail of sand and water on the main beach road. A few miles away, brown liquid drips out of a disposal bin filled with polluted sand…

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BP Dumping Oil Waste in Mississippi Landfill Despite Objections of County Leaders.

BP crews scoop up the oil off Gulf beaches, the waste is transported to Mississippi’s Pecan Grove landfill

27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico


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Leading environmental groups and a U.S. senator on Wednesday called on the government to pay closer attention to more than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico and take action to keep them from leaking even more crude into water already tainted by the massive BP spill…

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In an undated photo released by the California State Lands Commission, a nearshore wellhead is excavated off California. In state waters, California has resealed scores of its abandoned wells since the 1980s, but in federal waters, the official policy is out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Neither industry nor government checks for leaks at the more than 27,000 oil and gas wells abandoned in the Gulf of Mexico since the late 1940s. Abandoned wells are known sometimes to fail both on land and offshore.
It happens so often that a technical term has been coined for the repair job: ‘re-abandonment.’

Gulf oil spill poses unique health challenges

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Photo source: ©© DHR

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Last week public health experts convened in New Orleans, Louisiana, to tackle unanswered questions about the health effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. After the workshop, hosted by the Institute of Medicine, a non-profit organisation within the US National Academies in Washington DC, what do we now know about the health risks?

What are the immediate health hazards of the oil spill?..

Read Full Article; By Caitlin Stier, NewScientist.

How Will The Gulf Oil Spill Affect Human Health? NPR
Medical researchers have met on June 23rd, in New Orleans to discuss the health effects of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But most of the discussion is about what isn’t known. The workshop was pulled together in a matter of days by the Institute of Medicine, a prestigious independent body chartered by Congress. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked for the review…

The ‘Black Tides’ Of Galicia
Blanca Laffon and her colleagues at the University of A Coruna in Spain, research on oil exposure and DNA effects, following the 2002 wreck of the tanker Prestige…

48 Illegal Sand Mining Fields Found in Hunan, China

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A total of 48 illegal sand mining fields have been found along the Xiangjiang River within Wangcheng County, in China’s Hunan province, turning this key flood prevention battlefield into a money spinner for sandstone raiders, Xiaoxiang Morning Post reported on Thursday.

It is said Wangcheng County has a 39 regular sand mining fields, of which 27 fields are licensed. There are 12 illegal regular sand mining fields and 36 temporary sand mining docks set along the bulkhead line of Xiangjiang River in Wangcheng County about 35 km long.

In some parts of the county, two large-scale sand mining fields can be seen every 100 meters without having to register any formalities. Another 40 sand mining boats without any certificates have also been found operating along the river…

Read Full Article; By China Radio International.

CHILDREN AT GREATEST RISK FROM OIL SPILL

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There are some very thin-skinned, rather careless people along the Gulf Coast who are the most at risk from the BP oil spill.

They’re children, and they are not only more vulnerable to the chemicals in the oil, but are suffering from psychological stresses as well, said health experts who were called together this week by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to discuss the human health effects of the BP oil spill…

Read Full Article;By Larry O’Hanlon, Discovery News

BP Sets New Spill Target

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Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors April 21, 2010. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon’s 126 person crew. Captions and Photo source: U.S. Coast Guard

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BP PLC is pushing to fix its runaway Gulf oil well by July 27, possibly weeks before the deadline the company is discussing publicly, in a bid to show investors it has capped its ballooning financial liabilities, according to company officials.

At the same time, BP is readying a series of backup plans in case its current operations go awry. These include connecting the rogue well to existing pipelines in two nearby underwater gas and oil fields, according to company and administration officials…

Read Full Article; By Monica Langley, The Wall Street Journal

Agency Agreed Wildlife Risk From Oil Was ‘Low’

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A large loggerhead turtle, 6 to 7 years old and over 100 pounds, evades being netted by a team of sea turtle experts while swimming in the polluted waters of the Gulf of Mexico, near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Captions and Photo source: NOAA

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The federal agency charged with protecting endangered species like the brown pelican and the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle signed off on the Minerals Management Service’s conclusion that deepwater drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico posed no significant risk to wildlife, despite evidence that a spill of even moderate size could be disastrous, according to federal documents.

By law, the minerals service, before selling oil leases in the gulf, must submit an evaluation of the potential biological impact on threatened species to the Fish and Wildlife Service, whose responsibilities include protecting endangered species on land. Although the wildlife agency cannot block lease sales, it can ask for changes in the assessment if it believes it is inadequate, or it can insist on conducting its own survey of potential threats, something the agency has frequently done in the past.

But in a letter dated Sept. 14, 2007, and obtained by The New York Times, the wildlife agency agreed with the minerals service’s characterization that the chances that deepwater drilling would result in a spill that would pollute critical habitat was “low…”

Read Full Article; By Leslie Kaufman, The New York Times.

Recovery effort falls vastly short of BP’s promises

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Hands In BP’s Oil, Greenpeace. Photo source: © Greenpeace

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In the 77 days since oil from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon began to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has skimmed or burned about 60 percent of the amount it promised regulators it could remove in a single day.

The disparity between what BP promised in its March 24 filing with federal regulators and the amount of oil recovered since the April 20 explosion underscores what some officials and environmental groups call a misleading numbers game that has led to widespread confusion about the extent of the spill and the progress of the recovery…

Read Full Article; By Kimberly Kindy, The Washington Post.

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