Tag: Gulf of Mexico

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) 
CATEGORIZED UNDER: Culture, Environment, Marine Science

This IS the Worst-Case Scenario

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | July 9, 2010 6:54 am

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via xkcd. Sounds about right.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Marine Science, Media and Science

Oil In The Water

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | June 10, 2010 12:01 pm

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Click on the map to watch CNN’s time-lapse video

Now go read Nicholas Kristof’s related Op-Ed in the NYTimes:

The national campaign to get President Obama to emote, throw crockery at oil executives and jump up and down in fury has failed. But here’s a long-term solution: Let’s anoint a king and queen.

….

[It] would give President Obama time to devise actual clean-up policies. He might then also be able to concentrate on eliminating absurd government policies that make these disasters more likely (such as the $75 million cap on economic damages when an oil rig is responsible for a spill).

Our president is stuck with too many ceremonial duties as head of state, such as greeting ambassadors and holding tedious state dinners, that divert attention from solving problems. You can preside over America or you can address its problems, but it’s difficult to find time to do both.

Exactly.

* Update: You can now vote for king and queen of America at Vanity Fair. *

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Marine Science

The Nuclear Option?!

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | June 2, 2010 9:19 pm

On the road somewhere in Tennessee tonight, I read the present top story at the NYTimes:

Nuclear Option on Gulf Oil Spill? No Way, U.S. Says

The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking the well?

Decades ago, the Soviet Union reportedly used nuclear blasts to successfully seal off runaway gas wells, inserting a bomb deep underground and letting its fiery heat melt the surrounding rock to shut off the flow. Why not try it here?

Of course this won’t happen, but the idea isn’t actually all that far fetched. Furthermore, does anyone have a better suggestion? Now go read the article and let’s get an interesting discussion going in comments…

42,000 Gallons of Oil a Day…

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | April 26, 2010 6:57 pm

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NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard officials said Monday afternoon that the oil spill near Louisiana was now covering an area in the Gulf of Mexico of 48 miles by 39 miles at its widest points, and they have been unable to engage a mechanism that could shut off the well thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.

More at the New York Times

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Conservation, Marine Science
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