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Remember the Gulf

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | December 14, 2010 9:50 am

Yesterday a student asked me if the devastation from 2010′s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is “over.” The answer of course is no. Not by a long shot. When the spill happened, we could only observe the immediate effects: Birds drenched in oil, spoiled fisheries, and the hardships faced by many people living and working in the region. Longer term impacts will be more difficult to evaluate and we don’t know how resilient the system will be. Studies will likely continue for decades and despite all of the news coverage over the summer, I hope we do not grow complacent about what’s occurred–as we so often do when it comes to the marine realm. Please folks, remember the Gulf, and let’s do our best to make sure it never happens again.

GulfSpiA bird is mired in oil on the beach at  East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast
 on Thursday, June 3,  2010.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) 
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