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Flood Water Plus Fertilizer Runoff Creates a “Dead Zone” the Size of New Jersey

The Gulf of Mexico is in for its "largest ever amount of hypoxia." And that's not a good thing.

Natural processes used to occasionally create a "dead zone" of oxygen-poor water grows in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It would happen when nutrients from upstream got washed out to sea, feeding phytoplankton in the area. As that phytoplankton population exploded, and then decomposed, bacteria would absorb the water's oxygen, making it deadly to animals, from crustaceans to fish.

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Wait, a Fishing Hook That Sets Tuna Free?

These new "weak hooks" bend enough to give a greater percentage of the Gulf's bluefin tuna a fighting chance when they're caught accidentally.

If everyone in New York took one or two bites of otoro—the prized belly cut of bluefin tuna—it would probably be enough to wipe the species out of the Atlantic, bringing the prospect of peak tuna one step closer to reality. Making matters worse, bluefin tuna breed in the Gulf of Mexico, and, in addition to the uncertain but undoubtedly harmful consequences of last year's oil spill, they're being caught accidentally by longliners fishing for your canned light tuna (yellowfin) and swordfish.

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Even Fossil Fuel-Friendly EIA Says Massive Expansion of Offshore Drilling Won't Lower Gas Prices

The cold, hard facts on why "Drill, baby, drill" is a canard, and why increasing our cars' fuel efficiency is a much better way to lower gas prices.

With the price of gas up at $3.86 per gallon, opportunistic politicians are again making the stubborn case that this administration's drilling policies are responsible for rising gas prices—or that Obama hasn't done enough to lower the price of gas. They are wrong.

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Oil Spill Art That is Made from BP Oil

A money-raising art project is using oil collected from the BP oil spill to create posters that will help fund the relief.


Happiness Brussels has put together an art project to raise money for (and awareness about) about the oil spill relief, with limited-edition posters bearing the simple but strong message "Oil & Water Do Not Mix." The hook? They are using oil from the oil spill in the Gulf for the prints. They sell for 150 pounds apiece, with all proceeds going to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Here is what the oil looks like:

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NRDC and StoryCorps Bring You Oral Histories of Gulf Life After BP

Six months after the fatal Deepwater Horizon explosion, NRDC and StoryCorps have partnered to bring oral histories of life in the post-BP gulf.

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On this very sad anniversary, as six months have passed since the tragic and fatal explosion that set off the long, slow Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the Natural Resources Defense Council have partnered with StoryCorps and Bridge the Gulf to bring us stories of Gulf state residents "living with the BP oil disaster."

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