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The Environment

Global Warming and Climate Models

Aug 30, 2010 at 09:03 | Andy Soos

Climate models use various methods to simulate the interactions of the atmosphere, oceans, land surface, and ice. All climate models take account of incoming energy as short wave electromagnetic radiation,…

Microbes Dissolving the Oil Spill Much Faster Than Anticipated

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:38 | Environmental News Network

What is the real story about the "missing oil"? One study shows that most of the oil is gone, while another shows that there is still a whole lot of…

Ocean Acidification – The Other Carbon Problem

Aug 22, 2010 at 11:07 | Dave Cohen

Humankind's assault on the oceans continues apace. A short time ago, we considered the loss of 40% of the phytoplankton in the oceans since 1950. In my post How…

Media and Politics Impact on The Oil Spill Disaster that Isn’t

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:42 | Brian Westenhaus

The BP well blowout, fire, explosion and platform collapse, and the ensuing crude oil leak are without doubt the result of human failings.  Underestimating the quality of the reservoir is…

Why Oceans Are So Resilient To Oil Spills

Aug 13, 2010 at 09:58 | Al Fin

A 2003 research paper by Kvenvolden and Cooper in Geo-Marine Letters estimated that natural seeps dump 140,000 metric tons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico each year –…

Dwindling Hopes for Climate Accord

Aug 11, 2010 at 09:04 | ISN Security Watch

Heat waves and deadly floods notwithstanding, an effective global climate change treaty is not on the horizon. Delegates from 190 countries gathered in Bonn last week for the UN Climate…

Climate Change: The Danger of Complacency

Aug 10, 2010 at 12:27 | Claudio Guler

As US climate policy stumbles, runaway climate change scenarios highlight the dangers of complacency. A choice topic to spoil dinner parties and a long-standing, legitimate source of concern among scientists…

Gulf Spill Has ‘Far Reaching’ Impact on Oil Company Credit – S&P

Aug 07, 2010 at 09:04 | Christopher Cundy

The oil spill and subsequent suspension of drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico will have a long-term impact on the creditworthiness of oil and gas companies, according to ratings…

The Greatest Manmade Oil Spill

Aug 04, 2010 at 08:54 | Al Fin

Take a good look at the graph below. It shows average annual oil spills into the ocean in thousands of metric tonnes. Nature spills more oil than man, but of…

The BP Oil Spill: The Static Kill Process Has Started

Aug 03, 2010 at 13:54 | The Oil Drum

Progress on the relief well at the Deepwater Horizon well has now reached the point that BP have started the procedures for the top static kill of the well. There…

BP Oil Spill Damages to Stretch Insurance Coverage

Aug 02, 2010 at 10:51 | Gloria Gonzalez

BP and its partners on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig do not have enough insurance to cover the potential damages sought in litigation so far, according to an analysis by…

As Oil Rapidly Disappears, Crews Prepare to Kill the Well

Jul 27, 2010 at 05:15 | Al Fin

...the pressure in the well has now risen to just over 6,900 psi, while the temperature at the BOP remains at 40 deg – suggesting no flow and that well…

As Tropical Storm Bonnie Breaks Apart Ships Return to the Deepwater Horizon Site

Jul 26, 2010 at 03:53 | Al Fin

Tropical Storm Bonnie broke up over Florida, and is now heading across the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical depression. Some of the mission-critical ships involved in drilling relief wells…

Climate Concerns May Soon be a Thing of the Past as Scientists Work on Splitting CO2

Jul 26, 2010 at 03:31 | Al Fin

A team of scientists at George Washington University and Howard University have devised a theoretical means of splitting CO2, turning the demon gas into either solid carbon or into carbon…

As Hurricane Nears Oil Spill Site Obama Sidesteps Critical Decision

Jul 23, 2010 at 04:51 | Al Fin

BP workers in the Gulf of Mexico have stopped drilling a relief well and are preparing to evacuate the oil spill site as a tropical depression nears. There is a…

Natural Oil Seep Causes White House Panic

Jul 20, 2010 at 05:19 | Al Fin

Officials had worried that the seep — usually a flow of hydrocarbons from the seafloor — could have been evidence that oil, gas or both were escaping from the well…

BP Considers a New Way to Seal the Well: The Static Kill

Jul 20, 2010 at 04:55 | Al Fin

In Kent Wells' 19July evening press briefing, he announced the possibility that BP would attempt a new way to kill the well from the top called "static kill." It is…

Schlumberger Denies Having Deepwater Horizon Mud Logs

Jul 20, 2010 at 03:53 | Wayne Madsen

On July 7, 2010, the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) reported: "Oil drilling industry inside sources have reported to WMR that 'smoking gun' documents, including what are known as "mud logs"…

Global Oil Industry Forms Response Group to Study Gulf Spill

Jul 15, 2010 at 03:04 | Darrell Delamaide

International oil producers are forming a special group to respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and research ways to prevent such an event occurring again. “We remain driven…

BP Committing Ecocide on Islands in Gulf

Jul 13, 2010 at 13:11 | Wayne Madsen

From environmentalists and wildlife specialists to fisherman and businessmen along the Gulf Coast the message is the same: BP is not only strangling the news of what is actually occurring…

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