25 Million Dollar Earth Challenge

Former Vice President Al Gore joined airline tycoon Richard Branson today to announce a $25 million prize to the first person to come up with a way of scrubbing greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere in the battle to
beat global warming. Today, he joined Richard Branson, the British magnate, adventurer, and now eco-entrepreneur, in announcing the Virgin Earth Challenge, a $25 million bounty Mr. Branson is offering for any scientist or team who can figure out a way to pull the most significant heat-trapping gas, carbon dioxide, directly out of the air.

Ultradeep Oil Boom in the Gulf of Mexico

Jack Well, Great White, Thunder Horse, Tobago, and Silvertip. These are the names of the next frontier in oil exploration. Petroleum engineers call them “ultradeep discoveries”, and they are happening here and now in the Gulf of Mexico. “Every 17 seconds another airgun goes off [in the Gulf]. Do you realize the power of those airguns?…” says Dr. Tom Shirley, Endowed Chair of Biodiversity at Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico studies.