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BP's Oil Spill Response Plan: Toxic Chemical Dispersant, Dead Experts, Extinct Walrus Protection

In order to obtain a permit for offshore drilling, you obviously need a plan for the event of a catastrophe, such as the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Lawmakers this week examined British Petroleum’s (BP), as well as other oil companies, plans in light of “BP’s struggle […]

June 16th

Is Traditional Water Management the Future?

The world’s water situation is only going to get more challenging in the coming years. There will be more people a water supply that is increasingly polluted and often distributed with aging infrastructure. Clearly we will need to embrace new methods of water management- is it possible that those methods have been around for thousands […]

May 26th

Schwarzenegger Removes Support for Offshore Drilling in Wake of Gulf Spill

If you have followed California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career, you will find he has flip flopped on the issue of offshore drilling several times.  In 2008, Schwarzenegger refused to join the Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s call to lift a moratorium on offshore drilling; however, the state soon faced an insurmountable budget crisis that caused […]

May 4th

The Rise and Fall of Bottled Water

The evolution of the bottled water industry has finally crested and demise has begun.  I admit, I fell for bottled water’s marketing strategy in believing tap water was not safe.  The H2O held in those clear plastic bottles was safer, I believed, until I learned that the plastic containers leached BPA.  After successfully convincing us all […]

March 22nd

Like Chimps, Whales and Dolphins Found to Possess Qualities of Personhood

Researchers have discovered that Cetacea, long thought to be “the most distinctive and highly specialized orders of mammals” actually exhibit characteristics of “personhood.”  Like chimpanzees, whales and dolphins exhibit “considerable social complexity and individual distinction.”  Scientists believe future research will prove Cetacean personhood will approach that of primates.  Such research gives even more significance to […]

July 19th

Obama Pledges $279 million for Everglades Restoration

In 2000, legislation to restore the Everglades created a partnership between the US federal government and the state of Florida to undertake the largest environmental project in US history called the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).  Under this agreement, saving the Everglades would take 30 years, and the burden of cost (estimated at $10 billion) […]

May 20th

Biologists Warn 3 Pesticides Harm Salmon

Three common agricultural pesticides carbaryl, carbofuran and methomyl are jeopardizing the survival of salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest.  Federal biologists warn these pesticides can affect andronomous fishes’ abilities to smell, swim, grow, and avoid predators, and ultimately will kill them in certain concentrations.  The National Marine Fisheries Service is recommending restrictions and bans […]

May 15th