Deepwater Horizon: the beautiful effect of the oil spill

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.

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Recycled Island: inspired by Gorillaz' Plastic Beach

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.

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Nuclear: not a secure option

Highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor at Japan's crippled nuclear complex. The plant, which is location 150 miles north of Tokyo has been unstable since the tragic earthquake, which left more than 27,000 people dead or missing across northeast Japan.

Fires, explosions and radiation leaks have repeatedly forced engineers to suspend efforts to stabilize the plant, including on Sunday when radiation levels spiked to 100,000 times above normal in water inside reactor No. 2.

More than 70,000 people have been evacuated from an area within 12 miles of the plant. Samples of rainwater in Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania have registered “very low” concentrations of radioactive material.

Also, the first signs of radiation have reached the Portuguese island of Azores, in the Atlantic Ocean. The radioactive particles, Xenon 133, traveled a long way from Fukushima - more than 11471 kilometres (7100 miles). Fortunately, its low levels do not cause any harm to human beings.