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- 27 May 2010 | Environment
The Corona Save The Beach project started in 2008 to raise awareness around the need to protect Europe’s coastlines. We have pledged to save one European beach every year. Last year it was Italy’s Capocotta beach. This year it could be a British one but it needs your help.
As if that wasn’t already enough this year we are going one step further and have set out to build the first and only hotel in the world made partly from trash collected on European beaches.
- 25 May 2010 | Environment
Over one month after the initial explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, crude oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico. According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, more than 65 miles of Louisiana's shoreline has now been oiled.
BP announced this morning that it was once again delaying its attempt to shut off the leak. The oil company has been planning to attempt a procedure known as a top kill, in which heavy fluid would be pumped into the well.
A top kill has been tried on land but never 5,000 feet underwater, so scientists and engineers have spent the past week preparing and taking measurements to make sure it will stop the oil that has been spewing into the sea for a month.
They originally hoped to try it as early as this weekend. BP spokesman Tom Mueller said there was no snag in the preparations, but that the company must get equipment in place and finish tests before the procedure can begin.
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson is currently in the affected area, having returned for her third visit to the Gulf Coast since the disaster. She will be monitoring the response efforts and talking with residents about the spill's effect on the region. The spill has tainted 150 miles of coastline in two states and penetrated more than 12 miles into Louisiana's sensitive wetlands.
The Surfrider Foundation is calling on concerned citizens to get involved and send a strong message to President Obama that new offshore drilling is not the answer.
- 18 May 2010 | Environment
In the first sign of progress toward containing the oil gushing from a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers on Sunday inserted a tube into the leaking pipe and began siphoning some of the oil to a barge at the surface.
If it works, the inserted pipe could keep a substantial amount of the oil out of the sea. This news follows reports that scientists are finding enormous oil plumes below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots.
The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.
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