This is Guest Post from Dr. Daniel Jones a deep-sea biologist with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Project Coordinator for SERPENT (described below). Dan research focuses on how organisms in the deep sea are impacted by both natural and human disturbances. Drilling for oil is far from rare, even in deep . . . → Read More: Can Beasts of the Deep Survive the Impact of Drilling for Oil?
Story at NPR: A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water’s surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn’t developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it’s the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois. And the design won the . . . → Read More: New Oil Skimmer Design Wins X-Prize
If the BP oil spill hadn’t happened, where would the oil have gone? This short animation by Chris Harmon gives a sense of the vast scale of our oil-based economy. Best of all, he cites his sources so you can check out the numbers yourself. (Via Ayana J.) Oil’d from Chris Harmon on Vimeo. . . . → Read More: If the BP oil spill hadn’t happened…
John Hocevar is a marine biologist and is the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA, where he oversees their oceans and fisheries work, including efforts to get major supermarket chains to improve the sustainability of their seafood, to establish a network of large scale marine reserves, to protect the Arctic Ocean from offshore drilling, and . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Greenpeace in the Gulf of Mexico – an Update
Is the EU trying to off oil competitors or is there real concern on protecting the Arctic ecosystem? via EU clashes with Greenland over international stewardship of Arctic | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
The researchers used high-resolution video clips of flow from the Deepwater Horizon well to measure volume. Credit: U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works That’s right, new work suggests BP’s estimates of oil flowing from the broken well were an order of magnitude off. With these revised estimates, the BP Gulf Spill is 10 . . . → Read More: That’s 56,000 Barrels A Day…Not 5,000
Carnival of the Blue Mike Bok of the sensational Arthropoda blog has the latest Carnival of the Blue (edition #39!) up. Lots of great reads. Next month is held at our good friend Angelo’s Saipan Blog. For “Carnival of the Blue XL: Top of the Food Chain” edition send in your posts about predation in . . . → Read More: The Giant Linkopod
We love getting interesting emails from our readers. Some are complaints about our (mostly mine) colorful language, many are emails telling us how they appreciate what we do, several even come from our colleagues who would like us to know about some recent research or a new expedition, and we get many readers asking us . . . → Read More: Pouring Oil on ‘Troubled Waters’
UPDATE June 9: The black circles are misleading, due to an error in their math. See an accurate comparison from David Bradley at Sciencebase. The folks over at Iglu Cruise lines compiled an up to date infographic on the Gulf of Mexico oil leak spill disaster ecological catastrophe. Head over there for the full monty. . . . → Read More: Oilmageddon Timeline Update
REPOSTED FROM MAY 2008 When a scientist is writing a scientific paper we look for that one quintessential figure that tells the whole story. Other figures are ancillary to fill in the specifics but the ‘cardinal figure’ is where all the meat of the paper is distilled to one remarkable graph. A senior scientist once . . . → Read More: Orcas and Oil: Repost