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lunes, 9 de agosto de 2010


Isn’t it stupid to keep thinking that environmental issues won’t affect our lives and pockets? Of course I am not an expert in economy, but I was just wondering… Do you really believe that a big international oil company as BP is really going to loose all that money without finding out a way to getting it back? How? Well I don’t know… Maybe moderately raising oil prices. It’s an option, and I’m sure they’ll be able to figure it out!
While most of us will indirectly suffer the consequences of BP’s oil slick, Gulf of Mexico’s wildlife, coral reefs, marshes and estuaries, tourism, fisherman, the seafood industry, real estate investments, etc. Have already started to suffer some of the Oil Slick results, and they’ll keep doing it for a looooong time.
Even a Native Americans Community way of live is being threatened after BP’s disaster.
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/index.html -- and click on: Oil Spill Threatens Northern American “Water” village.
I recommend you to read a very interesting article from The New York Times (Seeking Answers on Oil Spill as Questions Mount), where some questions regarding BP’s latest disaster have been answered. There it’s said that BP has used dispersants from the Corexit line of products, which are controversial, and that “E.P.A. instructed BP to identify and start using a newer, less toxic dispersant” but “BP did not do so, arguing that Corexit products were the best available and that there was no gold standard for evaluating the toxicity of dispersants”.

Another gripping point of this article, is that it says that calculating the number of killed animals due to Oil might be very difficult, because it is not clear that all the animals found were killed by oil. However, “But if the count is way off, it is probably an undercount. Most animals, particularly sea creatures, live far from where humans spot them. For every bird found covered by petroleum muck on a beach, there are untold others who simply die on a secluded beach. For every dolphin that washes ashore, there is another that sinks at sea, and so on”. Interesting point, isn’t it?
Finally, just to encourage you to check out this link that clearly explains how the Gulf of Mexico has been suffering environmental damage long before the recent oil spill, plus the Oil Spill’s Effects on Wildlife. Consider yourself warned; statistics and data are not very cheerful … But closing our ears and eyes and ignoring what’s going on won’t make us any better.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/04/28/us/20100428-spill-map.html?ref=us(The New York Times, The Oil Spill’s Effects on Wildlife)

And if you want to see some pics, here you have a great slide show :

Webgraphy :
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/26/us/26primerWEB.html?_r=1&ref=earth Seeking Answers on Oil Spill as Questions Mount, The New York Times, June 25).
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/04/28/us/20100428-spill-map.html?ref=us (The New York Times, The Oil Spill’s Effects on Wildlife)
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/index.html -- and click on: Oil Spill Threatens Northern American “Water” village.

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