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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 #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 #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 […]

The 8 Ugliest Animals Threatened by the Oil Spill

As millions of gallons of sticky black crude continue to gush out of a pipe in the Gulf of Mexico, we’re hearing a lot about how adorable animals like sea turtles, otters and dolphins are going to be affected. But while we love the cute animals, we don’t want to […]

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 […]

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 #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 […]

EcoMeme: Fire on the Water

In a bitter twist of fate, right around Earth Day, one of the worst-ever oil spills in the U.S. began. It started on April 20th, when a Transocean Ltd.-owned oil rig called the Deepwater Horizon, which was drilling for black gold on behalf of BP (British Petroleum) exploded. The rig […]

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 […]

Concert for the Coast Planned for Oil Spill Relief

Whether you want to help the ongoing cleanup efforts from the BP oil spill or you just like good music (or both), good news: the Hangout Festival, an Alabama concert series, has just announced all of this year’s profits will go to Gulf relief. For those of you in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scape-Goating BP Lets Big Oil Off Scot-Free

I’ve been watching the growing condemnation of BP from all sides of the political spectrum and it’s making me mad as hell! Now, don’t get me wrong – BP is no friend of mine. Some days I can’t bear to read the news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, […]

Shrimp, Petroleum and a Hurricane Named Katrina

Last week I wrote about about my friend Mary Osborne’s trip to the Gulf. Writing it hit me a hard emotionally, as I’m preparing to tour the area with a delegation of people from my hometown of Portland, Oregon in the next few weeks. Right now, we’re doing logistics, fundraisers, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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