Latest Environmental disasters Stories

2010-08-25 14:40:43

Prosanta Chakrabarty works with visualization expert to map data on extent of oil and chemical impact on wildlife To establish a baseline for measuring and predicting the biological impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a LSU ichthyologist and an Ohio biomedical informatics researcher are using Ohio Supercomputer Center, or OSC, systems to help map data on the extent of the spill and chemicals and the distribution of various fish species. "We know very little about deep-sea life and even...

2010-08-16 11:46:00

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Stuart H. Smith, representing the United Commercial Fishermen's Association, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, public and private entities, and citizens harmed by the BP oil catastrophe, today issued this statement: "Independent analysis by toxicologists dispute FDA claims made in the last few days that chemical dispersants used by BP during the oil catastrophe may not accumulate in marine animals. "In fact, in a full report by...

2010-08-11 15:08:10

The environmental impact of millions of gallons of oil still in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon incident may depend on microscopic helpers: Bacteria that consume oil and other hydrocarbons and could break down the spilled crude, making it disappear. That's the topic of an article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine. It points out that the oil-eating bacteria are beneficial in helping to clear away the oil. Their...

2010-08-03 06:25:00

A new study showed on Monday that dispersants mixed with crude are no more toxic to marine life than oil alone and the type used by BP in the Gulf of Mexico is no worse than any others. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered toxicity tests on eight types of dispersants, including Corexit 9500A, which was used widely by BP to break up the oil slick in the Gulf. An earlier study on the toxicity levels concluded, as BP had always maintained, that Corexit was no more toxic than...

2010-07-30 16:55:00

NEW ORLEANS, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A Statement from Attorneys Stuart Smith and Mike Stag, and Toxicologist Dr. William Sawyer: "Most southeast Louisiana residents know by now that BP is using chemical dispersants in the Gulf to help make the oil go away. Unfortunately, dispersants do not 'make the oil go away' - quite the reverse, dispersants merely conceal a portion of the oil underwater. "Dispersants also leave behind a witch's brew of other potentially-dangerous chemicals after...

2010-07-30 09:05:00

New BP CEO Robert Dudley will be in Biloxi, Mississippi today to address the company's future plans for dealing with the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill recovery efforts, according to Associated Press (AP) reports. AP's Kevin McGill reports that Dudley was set to announce that former Federal Emergency Management Agency head James Lee Witt would be aiding the petroleum giant as they start formulating long-term plans to help the areas affected by the 100-plus day environmental disaster. The...

2010-07-30 07:30:00

MOBILE, Ala., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The oil flow has stopped. Now what? Now that the gushing of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has been stifled, scientists and coastal communities are faced with the task of cleaning up what's left. So far, most beaches have remained relatively clean, but that could change with a major storm or hurricane. BP and the USCG no longer need additional skimmers, so this show is designed to address the need for the technologies borne of American ingenuity by...

2010-07-27 12:41:00

MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit in the Southern District of Alabama against British Petroleum and Nalco Company. The firm represents class representatives Glynis Wright and Janille Turner, who claim personal injuries and property damage related to BP's oil spill remediation activities on the Gulf Coast. The Plaintiffs claim that BP was negligent and reckless in dumping toxic dispersant...

2010-07-19 06:50:00

The massive BP oil spill has scientists and experts fearing a decades-long "cascading" effect on marine life that could lead to alterations in the entire biological network in the Gulf of Mexico. With more than 400 species at risk in the Gulf -- from bacteria to shrimp and crabs, sea turtles, marine birds and sperm whales -- experts warn that the impact of oil and chemical dispersants on the food chain has already set in, and could grow exponentially. Ron Kendall, director of the Institute...

2010-07-15 09:40:00

Could Have Applications to Gulf of Mexico Spill A team of chemists led by Dr. George John, Associate Professor at The City College of New York (CCNY), have developed a non-toxic, recyclable agent that can solidify oil on salt water so that it can be scooped up like the fat that forms on the top of a pot of chilled chicken soup. The agent could potentially be used to recover oil lost in the British Petroleum (BP) spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Professor John said. In the laboratory, Professor...

Latest Environmental disasters Reference Libraries

2009-07-06 16:44:13

Haze is a type of atmospheric phenomenon where dust, smoke and dry particles in the air obscure the sky's clarity. Haze is created through various activities including farming, traffic pollution,and even wildfires. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) categorizes the obscuration of the Earth's atmosphere by a list of different types of atmospheric phenomena. One of these is haze. The other classifications are: fog, ice fog, steam fog, mist, smoke, volcanic ash, dust, sand, and snow....

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