Oil threatens coral in a variety of ways, from smothering the tiny animals, to impairing reproduction. And when corals suffer, the whole ecosystem that relies upon them does as well.
This week has been busy for President Obama, who headed down to the Gulf of Mexico, addressed an expectant nation on oil spill recovery and dealt with BP accountability.
Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas teem with an incredible array of wildlife, and are home to imperiled creatures such as polar bears, bowhead whales and spectacled eiders. But despite the importance and fragility of this region, Shell Oil plans to drill five offshore wells during the summer of 2011. A spill in Arctic waters would… Read more »
For weeks now, scientists from many disciplines have been eager to get their first glimpse of the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the remotest corners of the Gulf of Mexico. Seabird biologists have been especially frustrated at being confined to shore – they well know that many of the marine birds most vulnerable to oil are only found far from land, well out of view. They needed a lucky break to get on the water, as the incredible demand for ships has made passenger space for scientists vanishingly scarce.
It’s big. It’s bad. And it’s coming to the coastlines of some of America’s best beaches. I wish I were talking about a Jimmy Buffett tour, instead of the ongoing Gulf oil spill. Who hasn’t seen the headlines about British Petroleum’s failed attempts at capping the gushing flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico… Read more »