We must address the dual threats of climate change and our dependence on oil — and the oil spills that come with it — head-on, and we must do it now.
Defenders of Wildlife
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Today’s new round-up talks about the growing concern over the chemical dispersants being used and how little is known about how it will affect wildlife, sea mammals that are starting to wash up on shore, and how grooming your pet can help save wildlife.
The tragedy now unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico has spurred calls for a rapid shift away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy – and that’s exactly the right response. America’s voracious appetite for oil must be curbed before our nation can move away from dirty, damaging – and sometimes, as the current crisis shows – disastrous drilling for oil in our lands and waters.
Today’s news roundup takes a closer look at the risk an ever growing oil slick in Gulf waters poses to brown pelicans, bluefin tuna and other species already fighting for survival.
Eimhear Marvel slept in a beanbag on the floor of the boat as her dad, Captain Peace Marvel, and I bounced across the choppy Gulf out of Venice, LA, Saturday afternoon. Eimhear (pronounced ‘emer’) is a strawberry-blond youngster who decided to accompany Peace and I on a trip to assess the extent to which oil from the April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig had reached the Chandeleur Islands. But Eimhear had reasons of her own for being there. Two of her favorite animals were often to be seen on boat rides with her father, and she wanted to get a chance to see some dolphins and sea turtles.