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Nature Inspires Net To Fight Back Against Oil Spills

The net could cost just $1 per square foot, according to researchers at Ohio State University

Clean Up Crews Hard At Work via Flickr User John Kim

Previous oil spills have brought to light that our limited responses to such catastrophes are exceedingly expensive and often fall short of the intended goals. The longer an oil spill persists, the wider it spreads, and the deadlier it is to local communities, wildlife, and habitats.

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The Battle to Save the Arctic from Drilling is Heating Up

Greenpeace’s oil-rig occupation may be over, but the struggle to preserve a pristine Alaskan environment is far from finished.

Photo © Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace via Twitter user @zoevirginia

If you happened to be drifting in the Pacific Ocean last Monday, 750 miles northwest of Hawaii, you might have seen what looked like the opening sequence of an action movie—a rigid-hulled, inflatable boat skipped along the high seas. Briny wind and ocean spray whipped across the occupants of the craft as they sped towards their target: an Arctic-bound oil rig being hauled toward a Seattle port. When they reached the steep side of the rig, the climbers mounted it using ropes and climbing gear.

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Yes, a Tree Falling in the Forest Makes a Sound

Coast of Death, a gorgeous documentary by an experimental filmmaker, visually upsets the man v. nature balance of power

Still from Coast of Death

The tree we first watch collapsing to the floor of its ever-dwindling forest is well-miked, so we're sure to hear the sound it makes when it falls. But first we hear the panting lumberjack approach and pull-start his chainsaw. He's joined by several others, and soon the logs they've accumulated require specialized heavy machinery to stack.

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From Boing Boing comes this video, by Al Jazeera, which offers one look at a legal battle between a resident of the polluted Niger Delta and Royal Dutch Shell. It's not surprising that the people with the least means—like this fisherman whose pond was destroyed by an oil spill—both suffer the most and have the lowest chances of successful recourse against titans of industry. What might be surprising is that, according to The Guardian, more oil is spilled each year in Nigeria than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico.

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