Maybe We Can Clean up the Oil With Norwegian Peat Moss

If you have been horrified by the oil spill, but only slightly less horrified by the idea of mopping up oil with booms made of human and animal hair (some people are really bothered by this), you'll be interested to know that a Norwegian company called Kallak Torvstroefabrikk has a "peat moss mixture" that "can absorb the equivalent of five times its weight in oil" and the EPA is interested in trying it out to protect certain high-priority areas.

Photo of Sphagnum flexousum (a kind of peat moss) from Wikimeia Commons.