New research shows that one-third of yearly nitrogen runoff from Midwest farms to the Gulf of Mexico occurs during a few heavy rainstorms. New fertilizing schedules could reduce nitrogen pollution.
Nov. 2, 2020 • ~9 min
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A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura's damage in this area of oil fields and industry
A storm-driven chlorine gas release in a vulnerable community is the type of worst-case scenario that scientists and engineers have warned about for decades.
Aug. 28, 2020 • ~7 min
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Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Gulf of Mexico are putting commercial fishing and marine life at risk, researchers warn.
July 27, 2020 • ~6 min
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The Deepwater Horizon disaster set new records for holding polluters to account. But it had much less impact on laws regulating offshore drilling or US oil dependence.
April 23, 2020 • ~8 min
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The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill caused widespread damage in the Gulf of Mexico, but some parts of this complex ecosystem fared better than others.
April 16, 2020 • ~9 min
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Sampling the air over offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico suggests the federal government's calculations of methane emissions are too low.
April 14, 2020 • ~7 min
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Scientists have found oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in fishes' livers and on the deep ocean floor
The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster catalyzed a decade of research on oil contamination in the Gulf of Mexico, from surface waters to the seabed, with surprising findings.
April 13, 2020 • ~10 min
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The BP Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010 triggered the largest offshore oil spill in history. Ten years later, post-spill reforms are being undone and the Gulf of Mexico remains vulnerable.
April 10, 2020 • ~9 min
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"The best-case scenario is that we have rapid and widespread reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the near term, the next 20 years. The corals in the Gulf of Mexico are hardy."
Dec. 12, 2019 • ~6 min
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"The bottom line is that geological conditions led to a decision to use a specialized cement that failed. This... was a root cause of the ultimate blowout."
May 13, 2019 • ~5 min
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