The Real Impact of Environmental Disasters {an Infographic}

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It’s no secret that the biggest environmental disasters stem from our insatiable need for progress. Whether it’s an oil spill , a nuclear meltdow n or damage from the ill-fated Keystone XL pipeline , it’s always bad news. The beautifully sad infographic illustrates the deeper impacts of environmental disasters, and hopefully makes us rethink our need for a fossil-fuel dependent economy.

Canada's proposed Pipline: Economic Necessity or Environmental Disaster ?

Celsias

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds speaks with environmentalists and the Native Canadians who say the plan for the controversial pipeline from Canada to China will result in oil tankers clogging narrow waterways, posing a potential risk to the nature preserve and local communities.

Ship Carrying Thick Black Bitumen Sinks off Oman’s Pristine Coast

Green Prophet

Unlike Egyptian authorities, however, who frequently attempt to cover up oil spills in the Red Sea , the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs responded swiftly and openly to the crisis. Business & Politics environmental disasters Gulf of Oman nature oil spill scuba diving travel

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Are consumers responsible for the BP oil disaster?

Green Blog

A controlled burn of oil from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill sends towers of fire hundreds of feet into the air over the Gulf of Mexico June 9. Following the BP/Deepwater oil well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, many commentators have tried to explain why it happened.

Qatar Eco-Summit Spotlights Environmental Safety

Green Prophet

Accidents associated with oil and gas operations endanger human life, damage adjacent communities and threaten the environment. A summit in Qatar aims to mitigate these risks for oil-producing nations. Image of oil rigs and tanker from Shutterstock.

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Tire Fire In Kuwait Seen From Space

Green Prophet

Hundreds of firefighters as well as soldiers and employees of the Kuwait Oil Company took part in the efforts to extinguish the blaze. According to Grist, a fire that size will have huge environmental impacts. “It

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Why So Many Fallujah Babies Are Born Deformed

Green Prophet

Green Prophet writer Arwa has been hot on the trail of the war’s devastating environmental impact on Iraq. She created a profile of environmental problems caused in part by the war and talked to conservationists Nature Iraq about the requisite steps to restore Iraq’s marshlands.

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Greenpeace: Obama must shelve Arctic drilling plans, call for offshore moratorium

Green Blog

In light of the ongoing offshore oil drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico Greenpeace is demanding that President Barack Obama cancels Arctic drilling plans and calls for an offshore moratorium. According to reports the oil spill has tripled in size during these past days.

Sightline Sues Obama Administration over Crude Oil Exports and Illegal Secrecy

Sightline Daily

Oil tanker Alaskan Frontier anchored near Port Angeles, WA, in June, 2008 by Joseph Novak used under CC BY 2.0 If the oil industry gets its way, the US will soon begin exporting tankers full of American crude to overseas markets.

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Little Blue Penguins And the Rena Oil Spill in New Zealand

Celsias

There is no 'good' time for an oil spill to happen. But for the little blue penguins of Mount Maunganui this is breeding season, and the timing of the Rena oil spill in the Bay of Plenty could not have been much worse.

Gulf Oil Spills Onto Political Shores

Green Blog

On May 1, most of the oil slick was southeast of the Mississippi Delta. The oil slick appeared as a tangle of dull gray on the ocean surface, made visible to the satellite sensor by the sun’s reflection on the ocean surface. In 1969, a Union Oil Co.

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'Microsubmarines' could help clean oil spills more efficiently

EcoFriend

Sonia Renthlei: Scientists have reported new developments along with successful testing of the very first ‘microsubmarines’ that are designed to be self propelled and can suck oil droplets from contaminated waters and transfer them to collection plants.

Fears that Gaddafi May Sabotage Oil Facilities | Green Prophet

Green Prophet

According to an article in Time Magazine, sources close to Gaddafi have warned that the situation in Libya will escalate into further chaos as the eccentric leader has ordered security services to sabotage oil facilities. Which can also be celebrated in an environmentally conscious way.

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What does the Keystone XL Pipeline have to do with Birds?

10,000 Birds

Tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. Trailings ponds and oiled birds. This is an aerial photograph of the Athabasca Oil Sands when things were slow in 1984. Oil sand mining has a large impact on the environment.

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Gulf Oil Spill Estimates Increase Again, Nine Times Exxon Valdez

Eco Friendly Daily

The oil spill occurring due to the Deepwater Horizon disaster is an immense environmental tragedy for the Gulf of Mexico region. It appears now that the spill may be able to surpass the 1979 Ixtoc oil spill disaster that occurred in Mexico in the Gulf as well.

Organizations Call on Major U.S. Corporations to Ditch Tar Sands

Sierra Club Compass

Unless a company has a specific policy in place not to purchase tar sands oil, the company is in practice supporting the destructive tar sands mining industry that is polluting our water, air, communities, and climate. " "Tar sands crude is the dirtiest oil on the planet.

A triumph of the notion of passive use values (and jobs in the Atlantic?)

Environmental Economics

The Obama administration moved Tuesday to open up a vast stretch of East Coast waters to oil and gas drilling, a decision that could have a profound impact on the economic and environmental future of states from Virginia to Georgia.

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Climate change “worst” is yet to come, UN report warns today

Green Prophet

The conclusion that the effects of climate change are going to get much worse matters little to countries already stretched beyond their limits due to environmental disasters and political unrest. Lifestyle Climate Change Energy Energy Efficiency fossil fuels oil United Nations

The energy-independent future that never was

Green Blog

Bernie Sanders, the only democratic socialist in the US Senate, says that the single most important lesson we can learn from the ongoing oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is that drilling is not the answer. "Further, we must learn that with any risky technology, whether it is offshore oil drilling or nuclear power, it is not good enough to be 99% safe. This crisis occurred at a time when the United States was considering opening new areas to offshore oil drilling.

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BP and US Citizens Learn from

Green Earth Journey

But otherwise, nearly eight years after the Prestige tanker broke apart off the coast of this town in northwestern Spain, spilling 66,000 tons of oil, there are few visible signs of damage. What remains instead, say those who lived through the disaster, is the memory of their own power.

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Three Years On From Deepwater Horizon little has Changed

Celsias

Three years ago on Saturday April 20th, the world watched in horror and disbelief as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and unleashing 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf over the course of 87 days.

Unlucky Ducks, Lucky Penguins, and Good-Luck Ostriches

10,000 Birds

near Little Rock, Arkansas, an oil spill has polluted a lake. Some ducks have succumbed to the oil, while others have been rushed to rehab facilities. While penguins who live in Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium don’t have to worry about oil spills or other environmental disasters, they have problems of their own.

"We are now in the era of Extreme Energy" -Naomi Klein interviewed

Celsias

This is Naomi Klein on the era of 'extreme energy" and the BP Oil Spill. We also have the issue of the incredible environmental disaster that was BP. AMY GOODMAN: You just wrote a piece in The Nation , "The Search for BP’s Oil.". It's a transcript of a video that can be seen on Democracy Now. AMY GOODMAN: So, you have climate change. NAOMI KLEIN: Yeah, yeah.

The Big Belch Graphic Novel Needs a Few More Hundred

Celsias

Two baby boomers, a parrot and a French bulldog take on a greedy oil company to save the world. As her entry reads " Will a major oil company's greed and foolishness spawn an environmental disaster so serious it could threaten the earth itself? And can this horror be foiled by a most unusual team of environmental crime fighters? So starts the entry on kickstarter by one of our readers Kay Wood, and she's looking for $2500 to get this off the ground.

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Climate Risk Means Financial Risk

Sierra Club Compass

of the coal, gas, and oil reserves publicly listed in the world's stock exchanges must stay in the ground, making these unburnable carbon sources hugely overvalued. Coal Dirty Fuels Energy Solutions Green Transportation Health International Oil Safe and Healthy Communities

Alberta Tar Sands wildfire and global warming

Green Prophet

Located in the province’s well publicized Alberta Tar Sands, the big question being raised now is whether this industry, deemed to be one of the most environmentally damaging projects in North America, may be attributing to making it spread so quickly.

"We are now in the era of Extreme Energy" -Naomi Klein interviewed

Celsias

This is Naomi Klein on the era of 'extreme energy" and the BP Oil Spill. We also have the issue of the incredible environmental disaster that was BP. AMY GOODMAN: You just wrote a piece in The Nation , "The Search for BP’s Oil.". It's a transcript of a video that can be seen on Democracy Now. AMY GOODMAN: So, you have climate change. NAOMI KLEIN: Yeah, yeah.

Too Few Lessons Learned in Two Years

Celsias

Two years ago today, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling platform killed 11 workers and marked the beginning of a prolonged environmental disaster now acknowledged as the worst in American history.

What Are the 4 Main Types of Non-Renewable Energy?

Greentumble

While a lot of countries may not have coal, oil, natural gas or uranium deposits, they definitely can benefit from wind, solar, geothermal or hydro power or a combination of thereof. 2 Oil. Once the oil has been drilled, it must be refined to separate it from several other chemicals.

Actress Lucy Lawless and Greenpeace blocks Shell arctic driller

Green Blog

Earlier this week a group of Greenpeace activists, including the actress Lucy Lawless, scaled an oil drill ship that was due to travel to the Arctic. The ship was scheduled to travel to the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska yesterday to drill three exploratory oil wells for the global oil and gas company Shell. A major oil spill in the Arctic would be an environmental disaster”, said Nick Young from Greenpeace in New Zealand.

Rediscover the bicycle. and help the world go green

Green (Living) Review

Cycling has many benefits and whatever your reasons, and those of others, for choosing to ride a bicycle, the choice favorably impacts not only your health but environmental and the Planet's health as well.

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Eco-Resolution for July: Driving Down Fuel Consumption

The Green Samaritan

In the the midst of summer and day 78+ of this disaster, it is even more important to reflect on our on personal oil dependence and ways we can drive in a more fuel efficient manner.

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Cold Tarator Soup for Nine Meatless Days

Green Prophet

See Karin’s 5 stories of environmental disasters that give anyone license to mourn at this time. 1 tablespoon olive or sunflower oil. Mix the cucumbers with the remaining ingredients, except for the oil and walnuts, in a large bowl. Stir the oil in.

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Methane-Absorbing Bacteria Beneficial For Combating Climate Change

Eco Friendly Daily

The BP oil spill was an environmental disaster, there is no negating this fact. Of the millions of gallons of oil which escaped into the Gulf of Mexico, it is estimated that thirty percent, by weight, was methane.

The Environment and the Invisibility Ring of Gyges

Green Prophet

In ancient times our environmental impacts were obvious. The simplistic solution is to build more power plants, drill more oil wells, desalinate more oceans. Environmental economists could have predicted the outcome. Consumers already feel overwhelmed with environmental choices.

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Dimona Silica To Ship The Negev Desert To China

Green Prophet

An infusion of foreign investment has since saved them from obscurity, but at grave environmental cost. The company claims that their product is more environmentally-friendly than conventional asphalt mixes since there is no need to heat the asphalt, and emissions are reduced by 30%.

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Magazine Outtakes: Gulf Revival

Conservancy Talk

set out across five states to capture what he calls the “many faces of the Gulf of Mexico” for a Nature Conservancy story about the region’s ongoing recovery from several environmental disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years ago.

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Researching the deep of the sea with “Deep Heart” station

Green Prophet

We need to be cautious and vigilant in preventing an environmental disaster, and we also need to better understand the ecosystem, so that if something does happen, we would be prepared whether the cause is natural gas – or oil production in the future – or other sources of pollutions.

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Lebanon Carpet Fire Causing More Atmospheric Pollution

Green Prophet

The environmental damage was said to have been made worse due to a large number of oil canisters on a lower floor, which also were in danger of igniting. Doumet Kamel, head of Lebanon’s World Environment Party, told the Lebanon Star that: “This is an environmental disaster.

The Keystone XL pipeline is down, but not out

Green Blog

Her efforts were seen by many as unwise, especially as her state - a long-embattled victim of Big Oil in its own right - had nothing to gain from the project''s approval, as the pipeline would not go through Louisiana, and would thus create no jobs there.

Peak passenger pigeon – looking at “Martha” after a century extinct

Green Prophet

Then, following the same pattern as peak whale oil , peak fish and peak oil , their numbers began to collapse. One hundred years ago on the first of September 1914, a bird named Martha died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Canada Ready To Talk Environment With Obama

Eco Friendly Daily

It may not be perfect, but it is a start and a big step in the right direction following the environmental disaster that was former-President George W. He has also made a major commitment towards developing green collar jobs and pushing for clean technology over a reliance on oil.

Deep Sea Mining the Next Frontier for Sudan and Saudi Arabia?

Green Prophet

As usual, the justifications for such a project highlight the benefits deep sea mining will bring to the Saudi Arabian and Sudanese economy, while failing to highlight the environmental impact (disaster) this would have on the Red Sea and its ecosystems.