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A Matter of Scale

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

You cannot restore the Gulf if you limit your actions to the Gulf itself. The Gulf Coast is not just where the land meets the sea, it is also the outlet for a system of rivers.

Gulf Oil Blowout and Gusher: Environmental Catastrophe or Much Ado About Nothing?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The blowout accident is just one more in a seemingly endless string of environmental insults and injuries. Life on the bayou gets harder each year and a rich and unique heritage is slowly eroding away.

Gulf Oil Spill: Cleaning Wetlands May Be Impossible

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — The gooey oil washing into the maze of marshes along the Gulf Coast could prove impossible to remove, leaving a toxic stew lethal ...

Offshore Dead End

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Beleaguered advocates of offshore oil drilling cite deep sea petroleum extraction's importance to the economy and national security. What they are selling us is a short term quick fix at best.

BP Oil Spill Cleanup Did Not Consider Hurricanes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP)-- Rep. Edward Markey says BP's disaster response plan for an oil spill doesn't mention hurricanes or tropical storms. Markey says the...

Rough Seas From Hurricane Alex 2010 Pushing Oil Closer To Gulf Coast Beaches

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP)-- Rough seas generated by Hurricane Alex pushed more oil from the massive spill onto Gulf coast beaches as cleanup vessels were s...

Call it a Sheen: Oil Hits Louisiana Coastline Today

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The sheen of the oil slick seems endless, and that's from someone who has flown over and seen it. No BP estimates are credible right now; their worst case scenario has already been surpassed several times.

BP Oil Spill Cleanup Could Face Complications From Tropical Storm Alex, Weather

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP)-- The logistics of containing the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico are mind-boggling even in ideal conditions. Add a tropical stor...

Gulf Oil Disaster: Not War but Cancer

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helvarg

A week ago I flew out over the Gulf with conservation pilot Tom Hutchings and Waterkeeper John Wathen to the Source. The metastasizing spill in the Gulf is like cancer and the activity 90 miles offshore at the source like a messy surgery.


Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

The citizens of coastal Louisiana and the fate of their surroundings are being held hostage by the need to earn a livelihood.

Louisiana Oil Spill: About 18,000 Gallons Of Crude Spill In Delta National Wildlife Refuge

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — Authorities say a pipeline has spilled 18,000 gallons of crude oil into a canal in a wildlife refuge about 60 miles southeast of N...

EXCLUSIVE: BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response Plans, What They Knew and When They Knew It

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Thanks to an insider, I obtained a copy of the almost 600 page BP Regional Oil Spill Response Plan for the Gulf of Mexico as of June, 2009. Some mat...

Water: The Circle Game or Up the Down Staircase

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with've all heard about peak oil, but is there such a thing as peak water? The concept of peak production in a res...

The Only Exotic Part of America Is Being Destroyed: The BP Oil Spill

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

The real lesson we should learn from this disaster is that the true pollution we need to clean up are corrupt companies and an unequal distribution of wealth. Oil kills, but so does greed.

The Administration Should Protect Economic Engine of the Gulf: Marine Life

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

I can understand that cash-strapped agencies needed time to respond to a crisis of this size, but they have had more than a month, and yet we still don't know where the oil is right now or how it is affecting fisheries.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate World Water Day

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah Newman

World Water Day is a great way for us to start thinking about our personal impacts on our oceans, no matter where we live.

An Irreplaceable National Treasure

Paul Harrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul Harrison

Whether you drive an SUV, a fuel-sipping hybrid, or even take the city bus, there's a good chance that the vehicle's fuel was oil produced, imported, ...

Gulf Oil Spill: Louisiana Wetlands Blanketed With BP Crude (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

(AP) -- AT PASS A LOUTRE, La. - A chocolate-brown blanket of oil about as thick as latex paint has invaded reedy freshwater wetlands at Louisiana's so...

Voice off the Bayou

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

"The reason there's so much oil out there is because there has always been so much life here," said Derrick Evans, a history teacher pondering the origins of petroleum reaching back 300 million years.

Flying Over the Oil Spill, Hearing About the Response Effort

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Yesterday I arrived in New Orleans to see firsthand the impacts of the still-uncontrolled, still flowing oil spill from Deepwater Horizon. The first impression I got is that the coast of Louisiana is the work horse for the oil and gas industry.

USA's Open Season on Chemical Dumping

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

With so much progress over the last 50 years, who'd have thought we may soon be reliving the fictional life of young Lucy Lynch in mid-20th century Thomaston. I am filled with nostalgia at the thought.

Unintended Consequences of Government Policies: The Depletion of America's Wetlands

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Stavins

Private land-use decisions can be affected dramatically by public investments in highways, waterways, flood control, or other infrastructure. The lar...

New Orleans Candidates Lobby for the Green Vote

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Global Green and 35 other green organization in New Orleans hosted a candidate forum, and the recurring theme was A) an environmental campaign is cruc...

The Blue Bayou Climate Solution

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

It's been said that rainforests are the lungs of the world. But the oceans are among the most susceptible environments when it comes to feeling the impact from human generated atmospheric carbon.

America's Waterways Need Help - and, Yes, You Can Help

Steve Fleischli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Fleischli

By some estimates, 60 percent of U.S. creeks, rivers, and streams and tens of millions of acres of wetlands and other sensitive waterbodies have lost federal protection in the last few years due to the Supreme Court's decisions.