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Unexploded Bombs Threaten Oil Rigs

BP was recently given a record fine for mistakes that caused a major oil leak in the Gulf. But there are other threats, besides CEO mistakes, lurking in the deep waters out there.

After World War II, the US government dumped their unexploded bombs into...
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Bacteria Gobbled it Up

That BP Oil spill (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) did some awful things to the Gulf. But...
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Dolphins Dead and Fisheries Closed Due to BP Spill and Cleanup

Increasing numbers of deformed fish and crustaceans being harvested from the Gulf of Mexico have prompted officials to close fisheries from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle so that the situation can be studied by scientists and the situation evaluated. It is...
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Fish Still Deformed from BP OIl Spill

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexio--in the worst offshore spill in US history--deformed fish and eyeless shrimp are still being found (NOTE...
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Is Someone Killing Off BP Whistleblowers?

Six years ago, people began to notice that microbiologists seemed to be mysteriously dying. Now the BP researchers seem to be have some kind of mysterious affliction as well....
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The Amazing Story of a Long Time Polluter

The BP oil spill in the Gulf isn't the only major water pollution problem. There's one that's went on for 30 years: That's how long two General Electric facilities released about 1.3 million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into New York's Hudson...
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BP Oil Spill One Year Later: Good News & Bad

What's going on in the Gulf, one year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, 2010? What are the impacts to wildlife--in the air, on the land and in the sea? (...
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Not Over Yet

The explosion and fire on a BP-licensed oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) had huge environmental and economic effects, with...
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Whew!

Seafood from the Gulf is OK - Did the BP oil spill contaminate Gulf Coast seafood? After receiving a shipment of Louisiana seafood samples collected by a reporter with "Good Morning America," Texas researchers found NO evidence of petroleum hydrocarbons.

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Can Big Biz Make Money PROTECTING Nature?

Something we can't let ourselves forget is that companies are always trying to make a profit, sometimes in nefarious ways. Instead of simply exploiting the environment, companies may be able to make a profit helping to SAVE it.

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Oil Spill: What About the Birds?

UPDATE: Worst bird colony devestation found - When it comes to the oil spill, we think we know what's happening to the birds, but since they can't tell us, we need to figure it out for ourselves.

As oil washes ashore along the Gulf Coast, ornithologists are asking bird watchers to keep an eye on nesting birds--not just...

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Will the Gulf Sand Clean Itself?

Tar balls have landed on a beach in Galveston, Texas, meaning oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill has now hit all 5 Gulf states. It turns out that sand naturally cleans itself, but the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be too much for it. Scientists are investigating how quickly the oil carried into Gulf of Mexico beach sands is being degraded by...

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MORE Oil Spills in the Future

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is not simply a random accident. Is it a conspiracy? There will be more of these spills to in the future, because the days of easy oil are over.

Anthropologist Bret Gustafson says, "BP and other oil companies have tried to portray this spill as an accident or an aberration, but in...

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BP Not the Only One

BP is not the only oil company to ruin the environment due to careless drilling. When Texaco (which later merged with Chevron) drilled in the rainforest in Ecuador from the early 1960s until 1992, they created what has been described as the worst oil-related environmental catastrophe ever--and they still haven't paid that country any...

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Oil Spill May Release Dangerous Gas

The BP oil spill may be leading to an almost unimaginable disaster--an extinction event that could kill off a large swathe of marine life.

Methane gas can deplete oxygen in the water, leading to the kind of oxygen depletion that can create a fish-killing dead zone. While methane occurs naturally in ocean water, high concentrations of it...

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BP Drilling Not the Only Major Ocean Danger

Oil exploration plans in eastern Russia are a serious threat to gray whales. The Rosneft company is about to begin a seismic survey around Sakhalin island, a place where these whales come each summer to feed. This kind of seismic oil survey work, which produces high-intensity sound pulses, would seriously disrupt their feeding.

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BIGGER Disaster Ahead?

There may be ominous news in our future, because there is increasing evidence that something even more frightening than the oil spill is happening on the ocean floor of the Gulf of Mexico. We know that there's a danger of marine life extinction, but could the oil spill lead to OUR extinction as well?

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What if the Oil Leak Never Stops?

There is a lot that we're not being told about the BP oil spill, and one of these things may be that the spill is unstoppable. Of course, the leak will stop eventually when the oil runs out, but no one knows are big the oil reservoir is, so this could affect our entire future.

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Dreamland Special: The Spill--What You're NOT Being Told

Documentary filmmaker James Fox went to the Gulf of Mexicoto chronicle the historic oil spill taking place there. Heexpected to see a massive cleanup effort, but was shocked todiscover that what appears to be taking place is more of acoverup than a clean-up. To listen,click here.(Due to heavy traffic, there may be a delay).

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Pollution or Extinction?

Expert calls oil spill doomsday scenario - There is growing evidence that the BP oil spill may be impossible to plug, because there is a leak in the well casing 1,000 feet beneath the ocean floor. If so, not even relief wells are likely to stop the flow in the foreseeable future. If the flow continues for more than a few more...

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The Latest on the Oil Spill

Bacteria & information lockdown? - Bacteria are the only hope for cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP needs to let billions of hydrocarbon-chewing microbes loose in the gulf that that's probably what they plan to do: their reason for using over 800,000 gallons of chemical dispersants on the oil slick both...

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BP Oil Spill: What About the Animals?

Three dead sperm whales killed by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could put the small population native to the gulf in peril, and not only that, but endangered and 3 species of threatened sea turtles could face major population decimation as they breathe in toxic fumes and ingest crude oil.

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Oil Spill Realities

Update - According to a study of a controlled deep-water spill that was conducted in 2000, surface oil slicks may account for as little as 2% of the oil now spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the oil may end up remaining in deep water, with devastating consequencesfor the ocean's food chain.

The 2000 study...

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