Greek oil spill creates black plague on Israeli beaches

Green Prophet

A tanker from Greece dumped its bilge and catastrophic amounts of tar and oil are clogging Israel’s beaches. The recent crisis is a large oil spill which is currently washing mounds of goopy tar onto every inch of beach along Israel’s 170-mile coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. .

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.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The Real Impact of Environmental Disasters {an Infographic}

Green Living Ideas

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.

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. “We have formed a team of environmental experts to monitor the impact of the cargo spill from the ship,” Sulaiman Bin Nasser Al Akhzami, a senior official at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, said on Sunday.

Oman 87

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. Others blame it on the Military-Oil-Government alliance that views free-flowing oil (and free-flowing oil profits) as something to promoted at all costs.

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. “The safety and health profession do well in identifying causal factors, but we must do better to sustain improved safety culture awareness throughout the oil and gas industry,” Hill said in an interview with pr-inside.

Qatar 66

BP Should Pay Maximum Civil Damages for Deepwater Horizon.

Sierra Club Compass

Ground-Breaking Solar Agreement Between LA and Nevada Tribe » BP Should Pay Maximum Civil Damages for Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Today the Sierra Club delivered the following letter calling on the Obama Administration to hold BP fully responsible for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster -- the largest environmental disaster in American history.  Sutley, Council on Environmental Quality Administrator Lisa P. Dirty Money (oil).

2012 58

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. More on Iraq’s environmental problems: A Profile of Iraq’s Environmental Woes. Travel & Nature birth defects environmental disaster

2011 85

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. The Deepwater Horizon accident has resulted in eleven lives lost, countless of animal lives affected and an oil spill that is growing in size every day. According to reports the oil spill has tripled in size during these past days. Dick Cheney and the oil spill. -

Yemen’s floating bomb in conflict zone could detonate an Exxon Valdez any minute

Green Prophet

After witnessing neglect and the dire humanitarian crisis after the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon , Greenpeace and Green Prophet is urging the United Nations to help Yemen as an abandoned oil tanker there threatens to explode or dump more than a million barrels of oil into the pristine Red Sea.

2020 85

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. Although such shipments are for the most part illegal today, the Obama Administration is quietly changing the rules to favor oil exporters. In fact, for nearly four decades, the US government has tightly restricted exports of domestic crude oil.

2015 87

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. Back in 2008, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) wrote a report titled “ Danger in the Nursery: Impact on Birds of Tar Sands Oil Development in Canada’s Boreal Forest ” which covers various ways tar sand development affects bird populations including: Habitat loss. Trailings ponds and oiled birds. Oil sand mining has a large impact on the environment.

2013 209

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. Their burrows are being monitored daily by the Oiled Wildlife Response Centre to help the birds survive this environmental disaster.

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 the wake of such an enormous disaster that is the Gulf Oil spill, an unspeakable crime against living ecosystems, political leaders are getting a jostle. In 1969, a Union Oil Co. I’m thinking the oil industry operates very similarly.

2010 51

'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. These machines could very well save us from another 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident, where oil flowed unabated for almost three months and caused extensive damage to wildlife and marine habitats as well as the fishing and tourism industry.

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. In 1979, 140 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico due to the Ixtoc disaster. One of the earliest oil leaking measurements was 42,000 gallons a day.

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

Sierra Club Compass

Today, leading environmental groups and corporate campaigning organizations released an open letter to major corporations -- the biggest consumers of tar sands, the dirtiest oil on the planet -- calling on the corporations to take responsibility for the disastrous effect that lax to non-existent corporate purchasing policies are havin on the climate. Over the past year, corporations have come under increasing public pressure to stop using tar sands oil.

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.

2013 155

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. The plan would open up one lease sale area off the southeast stretch of the Atlantic Seaboard, an area the oil industry has long hungered to exploit. Why else would the government try to stop mining in Alaska?

2015 160

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.

2010 46

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

Green Prophet

In an interview Monday on CNN, Christopher Field , founding Director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University; and a co-chairman of the working group that wrote the report, told CNN that if world temperatures increase between 2 and 4 degrees Celsius “every person on earth will be effected by rising food costs averaging $125 per person.

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. HSBC economist warn that companies like BP and Shell could lose 40 to 60 percent of their market value, since their gas and oil holdings would be off-limits. Coal Dirty Fuels Energy Solutions Green Transportation Health International Oil Safe and Healthy Communities

"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.

Greed 57

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. As an estimated 40,000 barrels of oil continue to gush daily into the Gulf of Mexico, BP's Deep Horizon spill threatens to pose exponentially graver problems than the Prestige ever did.

2010 109

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. The environmental devastation caused by the blowout led to the deaths of thousands of dolphins, sea turtles, fish, deep sea corals and countless plankton and fish larvae.

"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.

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.

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. Before the Macondo well was finally capped, more than two hundred million gallons of crude oil had gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, killing untold thousands of birds, sea turtles, dolphins, and other marine mammals.

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. According to informed sources in International Business Times, the Alberta oil or tar sands account for more than 80% of Canada’s entire petroleum production. Photo: Alberta Tar Sands crude oil , by Jonathan Hayward/ AP.

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. However, coal extraction and combustion are both environmentally hazardous processes which carry with them a number of health concerns. 2 Oil. Oil is extracted by drilling into where it is trapped between 2 layers of rock, a pipe is then inserted in the hole to siphon it to the surface.

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. Back in 1991, Saddam Hussein ordered engineers to burn oil field and blow up wells in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. If Time Magazine’s sources are accurate, there is no doubt that sabotage of Libyan oil fields will cause similar damage and destruction.

Libya 54

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. Every gallon of gas you put into your car comes out of the ground and every gallon that you save by cycling can safely stay there as oil, or used as oil for other purposes, such as making plastics.

2011 122

Eco-Resolution for July: Driving Down Fuel Consumption

The Green Samaritan

Home About Terms of Use & Privacy Policy Disclosure Contact Product Reviews Monthly Eco-Resolutions Quick Reference Guide Subscribe Eco-Resolution for July: Driving Down Fuel Consumption July 6, 2010 Of course, I didn’t realize that when I designated the eco-resolution for July as the month to practice driving more efficiently to conserve fuel and reduce carbon output , would there be the worst oil spill and environmental disaster taking place ever.

2010 152

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. This refreshing soup fits the menu perfectly when temperatures soar and the nine meatless days of Av begin. A quick historical note is in place here. The Jewish month of Av begins on a dark note.

2012 71

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. Ongoing concerns as to whether the spill has been properly cleaned up or if more needs to be done continue to plague the U.S. Despite these concerns, what can scientists learn from the spill and will this knowledge help with understanding climate change?

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. Each of these remote places concealed environmental disasters which were revealed through information technology. Consumers already feel overwhelmed with environmental choices. My precious ring!

2012 70

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%. More Industries that sacrifice Israel’s pristine environments: Dead Sea Worker Exposes Environmental Disaster Through Film. Canadians Fight Tar Sands, Israelis Fight Oil Shale.

China 81

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 environmental damages to the vicinity where the factory is located will obviously be felt for some time to come. :: Daily Star.

Leader of Conservation Group to Become Coal Export President

Sightline Daily

The board president of an environmental group, who is on the board of a second, will soon leave his partnership with a major law firm to go to work full time in support of coal exports, according to knowledgeable sources in the legal community. Like all large coal export terminals, Millennium would be nothing short of an environmental disaster. CIT Group, Not CSX, Owner of Lynchburg Oil Tank Cars New “Safer” Tank Cars Were Involved in Lynchburg, VA Oil Train Fire.

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. But environmental activists and those affected by the oil industry have been answering that question since the project''s inception back in 2008. "If

Obama 44

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. Photographer Carlton Ward Jr.

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.