Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gulf Oil spill WORSE than Exxon-Valdez? The real cost of OIL?

This Satellite image, taken on April 26, 2010 by the European Space Agency, shows the oil spill as it is spreading out across the gulf and heading toward the New Orleans shore. Conservative calculations show that in the first week of this spill at least 6 million gallons have entered the Gulf. That's a spill rate of at least 850,000 gallons (20,000 barrels) per day, 20 times larger than the official Coast Guard estimate of 42,000 gallons per day. The Exxon Valdez tanker spill totaled 11 million gallons. "We could exceed that in just a few days, if we haven't already", says John Amos, the president and founder of the nonprofit firm SkyWatch, which specializes in gathering and analyzing satellite and aerial data to promote environmental conservation. Amos
previously worked as a consulting geologist, "using satellite imagery as a global geologic tool," in his words, to locate natural resources for
major oil and mining corporations. Now he assists advocacy organizations, government agencies, and academic researchers with data collection and analysis.

Based on a map released from a flyover on Wednesday and compared to "the last good satellite image that we got, from the afternoon of April 27," Amos believes that the slick covers about 4,400 square miles. Official estimates to date have put the slick at about 2,200 square miles.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans, exploded and caught fire on April 20 and sank a week ago today. There were 126 people on board; 11 are missing and likely dead. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency today because of the spreading oil slick -- which is expected to reach the state's coast late tonight -- and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called it a spill of "national significance."

The spill was bigger than imagined - five times more than first estimated - and closer. Fingers of oily sheen were reaching the Mississippi River delta, lapping the Louisiana shoreline in long, thin lines.

"It is of grave concern," David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press. "I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling."

The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world's richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life. Oil was thickening in waters south and east of the Mississippi delta about five miles offshore.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday so officials could begin preparing for the oil's impact. He said at least 10 wildlife management areas and refuges in his state and neighboring Mississippi are in the oil plume's path.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


12 Years ago, Captain Moore, after having finished a race, was sailing from Hawaii to CA. He decided to take a route that is rarely traveled. Half way home he was completely astonished! As he looked around him, he realized that the sea was completely full of plastic! I know this sounds like a nightmare, but unfortunately this is reality.

Sadly, it took 12 years for the first scientific expedition to take place. Last July Scripps Institute partnered with Seaplex ( and commandeered this investigation. Check out their research: Their preliminary findings? "IT IS MUCH WORSE THAN WE EXPECTED!" I could hardly breathe when I read the next line, "BUT WE BELIEVE THAT THE PLASTIC GARBAGE PATCH IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC IS EVEN BIGGER!" - Wait a minute. Now you are telling me there are 2 GARBAGE PATCHES IN THE OCEAN? What does this mean for the surrounding areas? How big are these plastic garbage patches? Well, it turns out that the estimates for the North Pacific Garbage Patch are 1 1/2 times the size of the continental United States - and no, that is NOT a typo. And as far as hurting the surrounding areas, well, plastic is killing us all (more on that later) and certainly altering life in the sea. Ocean creatures see plastic and think "FOOD" - and all too often this "FOOD" ends up killing them.

Plankton, you see, are the basic building blocks of the ocean. In fact, the majority of the oxygen we breath comes from plankton in the ocean. Now, in the N. Pacific Garbage Patch, it has been reported that there are 6 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF PLASTIC TO PLANKTON! Plastic is replacing food - it is altering the sexes of organisms - this is a very very bad thing.

Now for the bad part - it is suspected that there are actually 5 GARBAGE PATCHES IN THE WORLD! Confirmed so far - N Pacific (N Pacific Gyre), S Pacific and Atlantic Garbage Patch.
So, if this is really happening, why don't we know about it? Why don't they talk about it on the news? Hmmm, very good questions. Let's see, what is plastic made of? Oh yeah, OIL! HMMM.


- Last year 50 million acres of Rainforest were destroyed
- Last year over 600 fires were started each day in the Amazon
- We are losing 137 species of Plants and Animals every day
- 40% of the Amazon will be lost by 2050 if we do not ACT NOW!

Experts agree that by leaving the Rainforests in tact and harvesting it's nuts, fruits, medicinal plants, ect., the Rainforest has greater economic value than cutting it down to make grazing land for cattle.


Help PLANET REHAB to SECURE, PROTECT AND MANAGE the ENDANGERED COSTA RICAN RAINFOREST. We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas:

Americas Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change

On June 4th, 2003, a press conference took place to release a New Major Report by the Pew Ocean Commissions. The report, entitled Americas Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change, is the culmination of a three year process representing the first comprehensive look at U.S. Ocean Policy in 30 years, and includes detailed recommendations for the U.S. Government and the American Public to improve the state of the ocean. Some of the major focus of the study are:

Species Depletion
Approximately 90 percent of the largest fish in the ocean have disappeared due to over fishing according to a study published in the May 15, 2003 Science Journal Nature.

Due to large and small Oil Spills (i.e. Exxon Valdez) the health of the Ocean's waters are being seriously compromised. Urban Run-off, not only by Coastal Communities, but from ALL STATES ( as All Water Ways eventually lead to the Ocean) has also had a major impact. In this portion of the report, Surfers interviewed detail the rashes/diseases they encounter as a result of Ocean Pollution.

Loss Of Coastal
LandsFactor in that now approximately 50 percent of U.S. Citizens live in Coastal Communities. Habitat Loss is at an all time high. More buildings means more pollution, more asphalt and less opportunities for nature's soils to attempt to "cleanse" the effects of contamination.For more information regarding this report, please click on link below: