Everything we do in life presents choices, and every choice presents a risk. Some activities present a high and obvious risk, like skiing a black diamond without a helmet. The inherent risks in more mundane activities may be well-documented, yet so subtle, that we choose to ignore them on a day-to-day basis…like eating seafood. This . . . → Read More: Sunday Spill Special: Seafood Safety, Part 1
Breaking news from my lab bench this morning: I started processing our post-spill samples collected closest to the blown out Macondo well, and lo and behold–oil in the cores. I knew there was oil in the mud even before I saw the sheen, since the core smelled like diesel–I’ve smelled a lot of deep-sea mud . . . → Read More: I just found oil in my core!
There seem to be three themes at the forefront of the ongoing BP saga this week: Seafloor, Seafood, and Spillage. Ken Halanych (one of the PIs on our RAPID grant) is currently in the Gulf of Mexico aboard the RV Atlantis, where the submersible Alvin is zipping around doing seafloor surveys. While I sit in . . . → Read More: 12.12.10 Oil Spill Roundup
The headline says it all. That was one of the main points delivered on Thursday/Friday at Meeting #6 of the US National Oil Spill Commission. This was the last meeting of the year, and the final public installment before the panel delivers its much-anticipated report on the BP Disaster (slated to be released on January . . . → Read More: 12.5.2010 “Macondo was an avoidable accident”
This public press release from Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting just appeared in my inbox, offering the latest summary of oil fate in the Gulf. You can see from these NOAA photographs that there are many shoreline areas that still show heavy shoreline oiling (red color) as of two days ago, including Breton National Wildlife Refuge. . . . → Read More: Latest Gulf data shows persistent shoreline oiling & lingering subsurface plume
….”The Science of Seafood: Should we trust food from the Gulf?” Stay tuned to DSN for the first installment, coming soon!
As the publications roll out and the days roll on, we continue to learn more and more about the BP spill and its ongoing impacts. Lots of interesting stories to pique your interest this week: Not happy with the conclusions of the Government’s National Oil Spill Commission, an independent group of academics known as the . . . → Read More: 11.28.10 Oil Spill Roundup
The Government released working paper #6 yesterday, documenting the interactions between BP officials and government officials as they scrambled to cap the Macondo Well during its 5-month gush fest. ScienceInsider provides a good summary of the most interesting points. Notable collaboration FAIL: At first, because the Department of Energy researchers did not have a formal . . . → Read More: Oil Spill Commission, working paper #6
To further add to the chipper pre-Thanksgiving mood (FOUR DAY WEEKEND, WOOHOO!!!), I’m pleased to bring you two announcements here at DSN. Firstly, Sunday Oil Spill news roundups will become a weekly feature here on the blog. The impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill will go on for years, but unfortunately the news coverage will . . . → Read More: DSN: Your continuing source for oil spill news
Obama’s Pledge on the Environment “We cannot afford more of the same timid politics when the future of our planet is at stake. Global warming is not a someday problem, it is now. We are already breaking records with the intensity of our storms, the number of forest fires, the periods of drought. By 2050 . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Obama and the Environment