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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

Deepwater Horizon: The First 36 Hours

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Jaw-dropping photos of the infernal early moments.

From Neatorama: On April 20, 2010, a mayday call from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico reporting an explosion aboard signaled the beginning of one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in the United States. Today, the environmental, economic, and political repercussions of the oil spill are just being felt – but what happened the day the rig went ablaze,......read more

Uncharted Waters

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In the chaotic aftermath of the Gulf oil disaster, one thing is clear: we need to start tapping the clean energy potential of our oceans.

At present, upwards of 200,000 gallons of oil are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico daily. President Obama is rushing to assign responsibility, which BP CEO Tony Hayward readily accepted before shifting the blame to the drilling contractor. The left-wing is trying to contain damage to the environment as the right-wing does the same with its political agenda. But, for all the commotion, precious few......read more

Water Fight

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It's World Water Day. Here are a few ways to get involved in the fight for clean water.

It goes without saying that clean water is at the root of the most important environmental and health problems of our time. All life on earth is dependent on clean water. Good water quality sustains healthy ecosystems, and healthy ecosystems sustain life. There are lots of nonprofits fighting the good fight for clean water. You can take an active role in World Water Day by getting involved. Here......read more

Can Desalination Solve World Water Woes?

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New technologies offer promise for expensive process of making saltwater fresh.

"Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink."- Samuel Coldridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 1798 There may be plenty of water on our blue planet, but the vast majority (almost 98%) is unfit for human use. Today, an estimated three hundred million people now meet their water needs with water that is too salty to drink. And the situation isn't getting any better.......read more

Clearwater

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Hudson Valley sloop flies the flag for clean waterways.

In 1966, folk singer Pete Seeger and a group of Hudson River-lovers set out to reverse the plight of the polluted New York waterway. The group came together under the shared belief that “by learning to care for one boat on one river, the public could come to care for all our threatened waterways.” Three years later, the Clearwater sloop made her maiden voyage down the Atlantic Coast from......read more

Clear Water Revival

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No chemicals, thank you. The swimming pool of the future is natural.

The philosophy behind a conventional swimming pool is to kill everything in the water without killing the swimmer. For example, I learned recently that they treat the water in my local public pool with sodium hypochlorite, more commonly known as bleach. Bleach is a substance I've come to understand I should avoid contact with, so swimming in it seems...counterintuitive. Thankfully, the......read more

Last Minute Climate Change Deal Struck

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For environmentalists, watered down climate change agreement is too little, too late.

BBC News reports that key states have reached what they call "a meaningful agreement" at the Copenhagen climate summit. In the press conference, President Obama called the agreement a "historic step forward". But no one, including the leaders involved, believe it's enough to halt global warming. Obama said the US, China, Brazil, India and South Africa had "agreed to......read more

Mobile Solar Power

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Gigantic articfical waterfall design unveiled for Rio.

If only these were around when I was working as a laborer, inhaling gas fumes and slowly going deaf by the roar of the power generator. Unlike internal combustion generators, Mobile Solar Power's transportable solar generators create zero emissions, zero exhaust and zero noise. There may be a few zeroes on the price tag as well, but with only a few moving parts and no need for oil or......read more

Pottok Prints

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Eco wallpaper patterned by the great graphic artist Geoff McFetridge. Hand silkscreened in Los Angeles using water-based inks.

If you’re looking to liven up your walls, look no further than Pottok Prints, which offers a bunch of irresistible, tongue-in-cheek wallpaper designs from Geoff McFetridge, the great LA-based graphic artist. Printed on recyclable paper and hand silkscreened using water-based inks. A frequent collaborator of Spike Jonze, you can also see McFetridge's handiwork in the title sequence of Where......read more

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