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I Wonder What the Small People Are Doing!

I’ll never forget the history professor who was a former Marine and almost certainly shaved with a hunting knife. Equally fluent in Latin and rifles, a class never went by without some outrageous bon mot, leaving us stunned, angry…and often delighted. There were the wildly inappropriate comments about women, women’s […]

Coastal Women for Change Protects Against BP Oil Spill

When Hurricane Katrina clobbered the Gulf Coast in 2005, women bore the brunt of the chaos that ensued, facing sexual violence and abuse at the hands of relatives and strangers. It was out of that devastating period that Coastal Women for Change was formed, an organization devoted to bringing women’s […]

Scenes from the Spill #6

“Oil pools along Barataria Bay in Louisiana on June 8.” via Newsweek Photograph: Charlie Riedel / AP Editor’s note: we will be posting an image from the Gulf oil spill every day (M-F) until the leak is fixed. Send pictures, links and tips to spill at ecosalon dot com.

Seeing the Gulf From Above

A picture is worth a thousand words. The expression may sound cliche, but in the conservation movement, it couldn’t be more true. In the day and age of quick soundbites and short attention spans, when it comes to promoting a cause, grabbing people’s attention is key. We need more than […]

The Oil Spill Next Door: Size Matters

There are a lot of ways you can measure the scope of the BP Gulf spill crisis. Size is one of them. To help you get some personal perspective on just how vast the footprint of the eco-carnage is, or if you just want to upgrade your present FUD-factor, take […]

Scenes from the Spill #12

“A worker vacuums oil in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay on June 20, when a member of Congress released BP internal documents showing the company’s worst-case scenario for oil being released was 100,000 barrels per day (BP original estimate of oil spilled was 5,000 barrels per day).” via Newsweek Photograph: Patrick Semansky […]

Scenes from the Spill #4

“Oil is shown gushing from the broken Deepwater Horizon well after the containment cap was removed on June 23.” – via Newsweek After a robotic submarine collided with a vent in the Gulf today, BP was forced to remove the containment cap – a cap which was capturing around 16,665 […]

Oil Spills, Ecology, and the Food Chain

While we become sick to our stomachs watching the spreading plumes of oil in the gulf, viewing photos of oil slicked birds, and footage of oil covered beaches in Florida and Alabama, let’s take a step back and think about the cycle of life. The reason disasters like this happen […]

Scenes from the Spill #13

“A number of dead sea turtles have washed up on Gulf coast beaches since the spill began, including the one pictured here in Pass Christian, Miss., on Sunday, May 2.” via Newsweek Photograph: David Martin / AP Editor’s note: we will be posting an image from the Gulf oil spill […]

Scenes from the Spill #8

“A laughing gull stands on another laughing gull in distress at the Breton National Wildlife Refuge on North Breton Island, LA., on May 20. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials collected the bird to to test it for exposure to oil and rescue it if possible.” via Newsweek Photograph: Gerald […]

Scenes from the Spill #11

“An oil-soaked bird struggles against a supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 9.” via Newsweek Photograph: Gerald Herbert / AP Editor’s note: we will be posting an image from the Gulf oil spill every day (M-F) until the […]

Scenes from the Spill #3

“Water on oil fires is not only a waste of time, it is a dangerous activity because the burning oil now gets to ‘surf’ on the water, going to new places to find more fuel, oxygen and heat. The only way to put out an oil fire is with foam.” […]

Scenes from the Spill #5

“On Saturday, June 19, 2010, oil spread northeast from the leaking Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil appears as a maze of silvery-gray ribbons in this photo-like image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.” – via Discover Magazine – Image: NASA […]

Scenes from the Spill #7

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal examines oil and absorbent material that washed up in Grand Isle, LA., on May 21. BP reported on this day that the amount of oil it was collecting from a tube inserted into the ruptured well fell from 5,000 to 2,200 barrels a day, saying that […]

Watching Grown Men Cry: Fear and Mistrust in Mississippi

We’re rushing from Grand Isle, Louisiana to D’iberville, Mississippi where our guide, Pat Heidingsfelder, has set up a town hall style meeting with Gulf Coast shrimpers. It’s an uncanny mix of folks: half are Cajun, the others are from the Vietnamese community. But they all share something in common in […]

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Helicopters over Deepwater Horizon, Part 2

“So all the dispersants are gone,”  I ask. “Yes,” says John from NOAA. “So, again, at this point it would be a scientific impossibility for them to persist, given their volatile nature?” “Yes, maybe a few ‘in between compounds’, but yes, pretty much they should be entirely gone.” Based on […]

Watching Grown Men Cry: Fear and Mistrust in Mississippi

We’re rushing from Grand Isle, Louisiana to D’iberville, Mississippi where our guide, Pat Heidingsfelder, has set up a town hall style meeting with Gulf Coast shrimpers. It’s an uncanny mix of folks: half are Cajun, the others are from the Vietnamese community. But they all share something in common in […]

Seeing the Gulf From Above

A picture is worth a thousand words. The expression may sound cliche, but in the conservation movement, it couldn’t be more true. In the day and age of quick soundbites and short attention spans, when it comes to promoting a cause, grabbing people’s attention is key. We need more than […]

10 Ways Geolocation Is Changing the World

This post was written by Rob Reed. He is the founder of MomentFeed, a location-based marketing, strategy, and technology firm. Location technologies are transforming how we experience, navigate, and ultimately better our world. From the global to the local, here are #10Ways geolocation is a positive force for good. Social […]

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