- 01 June 2011 | Environment
Talk about a happy ending. Last week, a pod of more than 100 pilot whales were discovered moving back and forth along the Loch Carnan coastline in South Uist in the Western Isles, Scotland, showing signs of distress.
The pod of pilot whales, about 20 of which had severe head injuries, was spotted late Thursday night as the mammals attempted to beach themselves on the rocky shore of a remote Scottish island. Dozens of healthy whales had also followed them into the shallow water raising fears that up to 100 of the animals could strand themselves.
- 19 April 2011 | Environment
Nearly one year after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, killing 11 people and starting the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, life goes on with many adjustments in the Gulf of Mexico.
The 86-day Deepwater Horizon gusher sent nearly 200 million gallons of oil, tens of millions of gallons of natural gas and 1.8 million gallons of poorly studied chemical dispersants into the northern Gulf of Mexico.
A massive environmental-crime investigation spearheaded by federal and Gulf state officials is currently underway to tally the harm and has logged tens of thousands of samples from the Gulf’s waters, seafloor, marshlands, beaches and wildlife.
- 05 April 2011 | Environment
A Dutch architect has announced plans to build a recycled island using plastic debris collected from the Pacific. The floating island would be located somewhere between Hawaii and San Francisco and be 100 percent self-sufficient and sustainable.
The island would also support its own agriculture and get all of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wave energy. It reminds us the concept of Gorillaz' Plastic Beach.
The proposal has three main aims: cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste, creating new land and constructing a sustainable habitat.
Ramon Knoester, from WHIM architecture, proposes three main aims: cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste, creating new land and constructing a sustainable habitat.