Water & Oceans

Gulf Dispersants Called Trade Secret

The exact ingredients of the chemical mixture being sprayed on and pumped into the spreading BP oil spill are secret, even though some are rated toxic and may endanger the health of Gulf residents and ecosystems.

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May 19, 2010 to May 20, 2010

America's Everglades Summit

Tom Brokaw is the scheduled roundtable moderator for this event designed to generate political support among policymakers for restoration of America’s Everglades and further raise the profile of its ecological and economic impact.

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Scientists Find Ancient Asphalt Domes Off California Coast

"Some 700 feet deep in the waters off California's jewel of a coastal resort, Santa Barbara, sits a group of football-field-sized asphalt domes unlike any other underwater features known to exist. About 35,000 years ago, a series of apparent undersea volcanoes deposited massive flows of petroleum 10 miles offshore. The deposits hardened into domes that were discovered recently by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and UC Santa Barbara (UCSB."

Source: AFP, 04/28/2010
June 3, 2010

Water Matters! Global Water Conference

The United Nations Environment Programme appointed Pittsburgh to be North America's Host for World Environment Day (WED) 2010. This event is part of Pittsburgh's answer to the call.

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"Plans Percolate To Revive Some SF Native Creeks"

"'Daylighting" of urban creeks is being embraced in cities throughout the world. Seattle, Portland, Ore., Yonkers, N.Y., Providence, R.I., as well as Zurich are among many places reopening long hidden waterways. Resurrecting old creeks can help remove hundreds of millions of gallons of storm water from sewer systems each year -- meaning fewer sewage spills and cleaner water."

Source: AP, 04/26/2010

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