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Just about the time BP oil stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, oil pipes in the Chinese city of Dalian exploded, causing 1,500 tons of crude to spill into the Huanghai Ocean polluting an area of around 100 square kilometers. In the photo above, an oil firefighter is rescued after being submerged beneath the oil slick.
No, this isn’t the BP oil spill. It’s the annual Gulf of Mexico hypoxia zone caused by animal waste and fertilizer runoff from, among other places, America’s Corn Belt. Each and every year, nitrogen and phosphorous travel down the Mississippi River into the Gulf, creating a giant “Dead Zone” that this year is expected to extend for up to 7500 square miles (a record). The event kills fish and slow-moving creatures like clams, lobsters, and oysters. The effect of this year’s oil spill on hypoxia is not yet known.
Hat Tip: blogs.telegraph.co.uk
This image is currently third in the’s Best Illustration section of Greenpeace’s Rebrand BP contest.
And this is the leader in the Best Wildlife section:
“Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.” This Irwin Cobb quote is the context for this Friday’s Focus: Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise: 7 whimsical views of the BP Oil Spill. The last one’s the best. Ha ha ha.
More of same at theonion.com.
For up-to-date information about what’s really happening in the Gulf of Mexico, check out skytruth.org’s GULF OIL SPILL TRACKER (or just click the pic). With the support of partners Surfrider Foundation and the Ocean Conservancy, SkyTruth uses satellite images and other remote sensing techniques to investigate, and illustrate the BP Spill. Overall, the organization provides “stunning images backed by scientifically robust information about our changing environment to stimulate changes in habitat protection, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable resource management.”
Get a more personal perspective on the BP Oil Disaster by CLICKING ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.
“In many ways, it (the Gulf oil spill) seems to me to be the biggest story of the year, a gaping, unstaunched wound in the planet, emitting death. And yet the prospect of going without drilling seems remote, the possibility of any political will to jump-start alternatives with the impact we need seems just as elusive, and the helplessness of government and industry to stop this nightmare is the most obvious fact (I just assume that BP is doing all it can as of now): all of it makes this story as huge as it is simply despair-inducing.
If we cannot stop this, what else can we not stop?”