Oil prospecting in the Atlantic: ‘seismic airguns’ endanger marine life

March 31, 2016 by  
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Oil drilling along the Atlantic Coast of the United States has been discontinued since the early 1980s. The Obama Administration had recently considered opening the coast of Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas to drilling, but, under pressure from local and environmental opposition, decided against the move . Though there are no imminent plans to lease the Atlantic shoreline to oilmen, the Obama Administration has approved the use of “seismic airgun testing” in prospective offshore oil territory. These tests, designed to determine the presence of oil or natural gas below the seabed, could disrupt already threatened marine life and interfere with their abilities to mate and eat. The specific sites for seismic airgun testing are currently in review, though the potentially impacted area spans from Delaware to Florida. The tests involve the generation of loud and powerful seismic waves that are aimed at the ocean floor. The echoes from these waves are then used to determine whether a large cache of fossil fuels is buried down below. Marine scientist  Douglas Nowacek  described the experience of such a seismic impact as akin to being at “the epicenter of a grenade blast” so forceful that it “would easily cause the rupture of the human eardrum.” Concerned citizens question why these tests are being done at all. “Since the Atlantic has been removed from drilling for the next five years, there’s no immediate need for companies to prospect for oil and gas in this way,” says Dr. Ingrid Biedron, marine scientist at Oceana . “We’d encourage them, and the government, to wait until there is safer technology available before going ahead with this.” Related: Amazon pipeline spill leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into rivers that provide water to indigenous communities Even if the testing is conducted, certain safety measures, already in use in the Gulf of Mexico, could be applied to protect wildlife. The airguns could gradually be brought to full power, which allows disturbed animals to leave the area, while monitors ensure that the coast is clear. A controlled schedule of blasts and limiting their strength could also limit the testing’s ecological damage. The Obama Administration’s recent dance with offshore oil in the Atlantic is not its first dip in the deep. In March 2010, President Obama announced that the Mid-Atlantic and South-Atlantic coasts would once again be open for oil and gas extraction. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster from April 2010 through July 2010, the reactionary White House announced that it would ban all Atlantic drilling through 2017. The Administration’s decision to continue with the seismic airgun testing suggests it is thinking of the future, when the next president will decide whether to drill. Via The Guardian Images via Oceana  and Brian Gratwicke, Flickr

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eL Seed’s latest calligraffiti covers 50 buildings in Cairo’s “Garbage City”

March 31, 2016 by  
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Wildlife rangers killed one of Kenya’s most beloved lions because they didn’t have tranquilizers

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Yesterday, a beloved lion named Mohawk was killed by Kenyan wildlife rangers after escaping from Nairobi National Park and allegedly attacking a man. Standard protocol for subduing a wild lion on the loose calls for tranquilizing the animal so that it can be returned to its habitat, but the rangers who responded to calls for help showed up without the proper equipment. Lacking tranquilizers, wildlife rangers turned on Mohawk with rifles, and shot him dead. Read the rest of Wildlife rangers killed one of Kenya’s most beloved lions because they didn’t have tranquilizers

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Obama finally admits climate change is a public health issue

April 8, 2015 by  
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When talking about climate change, the causes and environmental impacts typically take center stage. The crucial piece missing from the conversation on a political level is the human toll—until now. In a roundtable discussion this week at Howard University , President Barack Obama finally admitted what many have known for ages: climate change should be examined as a public health issue as well as an environmental one. Read the rest of Obama finally admits climate change is a public health issue Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change debate , climate change discussions , climate change legislation , environmental protection agency , howard university , impacts of climate change , obama climate change , president barack obama , public health , public health issues

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USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat

February 7, 2014 by  
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Lengthy droughts , severe storms , epic floods and fires, and extreme temperatures have all wreaked havoc on the agricultural landscape in the past year, putting some ranchers and farmers out of business and causing price fluctuations in the food market. To help assess risk and deal with these threats, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack just announced a new system of climate hubs, which will open all across the US to gather and analyze the effects of climate change. Read the rest of USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addressing climate change in the US , Agriculture Secretary , Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack , climate change hubs , drought and farming , drought in the US , fighting climate change , fighting global warming , fires and farming , fires impact farmers , flooding and farming , flooding impacts farmers , global warming hubs , obama climate change , obama state of the union , pests and farming , results of climate change , US agriculture , us climate change , usda , USDA Climate Change , USDA climate change hubs , USDA Global Warming , USDA global warming hubs , USDA Hubs , USDA Tom Vilsack        

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