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25 Largest Man-Made Environmental Disasters

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Chernobyl, the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, the Three-Mile Island explosion, and more. How well do you know your history regarding man-made environmental disasters? Educational YouTube channel ‘List 25’ has created a top 25 list that’s sure to leave you wondering how it’s possible for humanity to have screwed up so many different things all around the same time-period. What did you think? How many of those did you already know, and how many were new? It’s a sad fact, but in the next 50 years, most of those will likely be replaced by disasters we’ve yet to experience.

Raw Low-Grade Cotton Absorbs 30 Times Its Weight in Crude Oil

Raw Low-Grade Cotton Could Clean Up Crude Oil Spills

The inevitable spills of crude oil could be cleaned up with low-grade cotton in the future, according to research from The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH). Low-grade, or low-micronaire cotton, which accounts for about 10% of the cotton grown in West Texas, does not take a dye well, so it gets discounted. But according to the new research, it also happens to be remarkably effective at picking up crude oil, and can not only pick it up on the surface of the cotton, but can also absorb the oil right into the fiber itself. In fact, it’s so… read more

Toxic Clean Up

Toxic Clean Up

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig experienced a devastating oil spill in 2010. The Gulf of Mexico residents thought the damage done was just going to be from the 4.9 million barrels of oil which were floating around in the water. The Gulf ecosystem was nearly destroyed, tourism shot down in the area, and marine sources of food were scarce, resulting in one of the worst man-made disasters in recent memory. However, BP promised to be the knight in shining armor, and to come save the residents and ecosystem of the Gulf. Through poking and prodding from the Gulf residents and… read more

Is Our Water Safe?

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The Keystone XL pipeline has been moving forward without hindrance, although President Obama did place a delay on the proposal. However, it appears as though it will be approved, and will be installed, pumping oil across the country. One area the pipeline would traverse is the Ogallala/High Plains aquifer, which is one of the nation’s most important sources of drinking and irrigation water. It would make sense to ensure that if there were to be an unfortunate and disastrous leak or spill, an incredibly important water source would not be damaged or destroyed. However, sense did not prevail in the… read more

Safe Sources of Energy?

Safe Sources of Energy?

Hydraulic fracturing processes hold many secrets. Safety information held by Michigan state regulators state that one ingredient, an unidentified solvent, can cause damage to the kidney and liver. A subsidiary of Nabors Industries Ltd. (NBR) pumped a mixture of chemicals identified only as “EXP-F0173-11” into a half-dozen oil wells in rural Karnes County, Texas, in July. A year-old Texas law requires drillers to disclose chemicals they pump underground during fracking, but the law was unable to compel transparency for EXP-F0173-11. The solvent and several other ingredients in the product are considered a trade secret by Superior Well Services, the Nabor… read more

Irresponsibility Punished

Gulf of Mexico oil spill

BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal fine in U.S. history—$4.5 billion—to resolve all criminal charges arising from the fatal oil rig explosion and subsequent catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said that it had agreed to pay $4 billion to the U.S. government over five years, and $525 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the next three years. However, the settlement does not resolve all of the claims against BP for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and the company could face billions in restoration costs to the waters, coastline, and… read more

Prompt Action Required

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Environmental policy, like many other areas of legislation, is not exempt from the slow-moving nature of the American government. As a result, it is difficult to convey the need for prompt action, especially in the case of progressive environmental legislation. However, America is in a situation which demands immediate action. Former Governor Mitt Romney presented his energy plan last week in Hobbs, New Mexico, and called for a boost in oil exploration along the East coast. In addition, he would reverse the suspension of oil drilling off of the coast of Virginia, which was handed down by President Obama following… read more