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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 […]

From Roomba to Research: A Clean Look at the Gulf Spill

While BP struggles with its own suction issues, the company that brought you that goofy (and annoying?) magic little Frisbee, the Roomba vacuum robot, is lending its expertise to the Gulf Spill disaster effort with its Seaglider unmanned underwater vehicle. (No, it’s not sucking up the oil, but just couldn’t resist giving […]

Scenes from the Spill #9

“As news reports revealed that BP’s efforts to halt the flow of oil might be failing, President Obama examined a tar ball on the beach during a tour of oil-damaged areas May 28 in Port Fourchon, La. LaFourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph, center, and U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad ALlen […]

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 […]

BP Oil Spill Imperils Pregnant Gulf Coasters

When President Obama outlined his administration’s plans to curb the ongoing BP oil spill in his national address last night, he mentioned the “wrenching anxiety” that local fishers feel at the potential loss of their livelihoods. But Obama failed to mention another cause of disquiet: the fact that the oil […]

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 […]

Oil Spill Updates: What You Need to Know

It’s been five weeks since the catastrophic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform and since then, millions of gallons of sticky black oil have killed countless animals and fouled sensitive wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico. Yet, the spill still hasn’t been contained, those responsible are still pointing […]

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 […]

How’s That Oil Cleanup Coming Along?

Not that great, according to everyone. While one of the three holes in the Deepwater Horizon has been plugged, the rate of oil lost was unaffected. Depending on whom you ask, that’s anywhere from 5,000 to upwards of 40,000 barrels a day. Also, hurricane season is less than a month […]

The Forgotten Gulf Oil Spill Victims

Beyond the tragically oil-soaked birds and sea turtles, there’s another animal population feeling the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – the area’s pets. Many Louisiana pet owners have been forced to give up their cats and dogs due to a lack of time and money. Whether they’re […]

Scenes from the Spill #10

“Above, an oil-soaked pelican on June 3 at East Grand Terre Island, La. An Associated Press photographer captured gruesome images of a number of birds soaked in oil from the spill.” via Newsweek Photograph: Charlie Riedel / AP Editor’s note: we will be posting an image from the Gulf oil […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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