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Good News, Bad News from the Gulf

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Scientists discover giant plumes of crude underwater, as BP engineers successfully divert gushing oil away from well.

In Louisiana, mixed news from the frontline of the catastophic oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine scientists have found a giant plumes of oil coagulating deep under the surface of the water, raising concerns that the spill might be a lot larger than originally estimated. There are three or four plumes, including one reported by the New York Times to be "as large as 10 miles long, 3......read more

Oil Spill Flows On

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Atlantic coast under threat as tar balls wash up in Florida Keys.

Concentrated globs of oil are washing up the shores of the Florida Keys, an ominous sign that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will be carried to the Eastern U.S. seaboard by the so-called "loop current," a powerful underwater current moving up the Atlantic coast from the gulf. Meanwhile, in its efforts to disperse the spill, authorities are using a controversial chemical......read more

Visualizing the Spill

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Interactive mapping tool provides enlightening – and frightening – perspective on scope of disaster.

Just how big is the Gulf Coast oil spill? Estimates suggest anywhere from 20 to 45 million gallons of raw crude have spewed into the Gulf of Mexico to date. And things may get worse before they get better. With figures that big, it's hard to wrap your head around the scale of the disaster. What does that much oil look like? This interactive mapping tool provides an enlightening – and......read more

Oil Spill Triggers Criminal Inquiry

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As latest attempt to stop leak fails, government initiates criminal probe into disaster.

President Obama vowed to pursue criminal inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, a few hours before Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations. Shares of BP PLC plunged 13 percent after it was revealed that the latest attempt to fix the leaking well failed. The selloff knocked $18 billion off BP's market......read more

Notes from the Spill

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BP meets snags with cut and cap procedure, Obama "furious" with lack of progress.

In the latest bid to curtail the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP initiated a "cut and cap" procedure Thursday. But the cut was jagged, and as of Thursday night, robotic submarines were wrestling to place a cap on the gushing well beneath the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama told Larry King he was "furious" about the situation, saying that BP hasn't moved fast enough......read more

The Oil Spill: How to Help

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How you can provide assistance in the Gulf Coast.

With news from the Gulf seemingly getting worse every day, people everywhere are wondering what they can do to help. What not to do: fly to the Gulf, go to the beach and start scrubbing birds -- that can hurt the birds and yourself. Let trained experts handle that stuff and get involved in one of these ways: GOOD suggests sending in water samples from areas affected by the spill for testing.......read more

The Issue with Salvaged Oil

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Dot Earth asks why oil salvaged from the spill is going to BP instead of U.S. reserves.

It's not clear exactly how much oil is being salvaged from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico or the seabed gusher below, but for the moment, BP officials are saying the collected crude belongs to the company. On Andy Revkin's always thought-provoking Dot Earth blog, the NY Times writer and eco-thinker poses an excellent question: Why is salvaged oil going to BP instead of U.S. reserves?......read more

Bhopal and the BP Oil Blowout

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What the worst industrial disaster in history can teach us about the BP oil spill.

In 1984, a small town in India experienced the deadliest environmental disaster in history, when an explosion at a Union Carbide chemical factory in Bhopal sent 27 tons of methyl isocyanate gas into the slums. 22,000 people died as a result. Twenty-six years later, locals are still affected by birth defects and disease. On Monday, Indian courts sentenced eight Union Carbide officials – all from......read more

SHFT SAMPLER 6-10-10

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The first edition of our new, weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Give us some of those good vibrations. How everyday behaviors can produce clean energy. Livable cities all have one thing in common; they're designed for people, not cars. It's hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. What does that mean for the worst oil spill in U.S. history? Now that's sustainable architecture. Straw, string or human hair, urban birds build nests with......read more

SHFT Sampler 6-15-10

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Our weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Oil gushers and global warming: The New Republic asks why we stink at dealing with ecological catastrophes. GOOOAAAAAL! Scoring green at the FIFA World Cup 2010. Tunto Design modestly describes its wooden LED1 lamp as "the best lamp in the world." It's hard to disagree. The hybrid goes virtual: Honda's CR-Z sport hybrid coupe makes debut at E3 video game expo. Gehry vs.......read more

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