BP’s debacle laid out in new documentary

BP Gulf oil disasterJust saw a documentary produced by or for the BBC on the disastrous Gulf oil spill of 2010. This hour-long documentary features the five major attempts and failures to avert this enormous environmental disaster and the key players involved in the oil company’s eventual success.

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Gray whale sighted off coast of Israel

Gray whale 2Whales have  become common sights off the Pacific coastline, where whale watching has become a burgeoning industry. But the northern Atlantic hasn’t seen whales since the 17th or 18th century. Until now that is.

Gray whale 1A gray whale stunned scientists by its appearance last week off the central coast of Israel. It may have taken a “wrong turn” to get there as it made its way through the Arctic Northwest Passage, which, until recently, had been blocked by sea ice.

Definitely another sign of climate change, but perhaps a positive one. Could this be the forerunner of a new whale colonization of the Atlantic? Time will tell.

We're in Hot Water all over the world!

Waters off Maine are seeing unprecedented warming temperatures

Waters off Maine are seeing unprecedented warming temperatures

The world’s oceans are heating up at an alarming rate.

In an article penned by noted AP Science writer Seth Borenstein, July was the hottest the world’s oceans have been in almost 130 years of record-keeping.

This translates to water temperaturs of 72 degrees off the coast of Maine and 90 degrees in the Gulf of Mexico. And worse, temperatures near the Arctic are up 10 degrees above average, creating devastating environmental consequences.

To see see a stunning map of daily sea surface temperature anomalies (differences from normal) from US Navy (in Fahrenheit) go to http://3.ly/fhs (it may say it’s not a secure site, but don’t worry).  The redder it is, the hotter the temps.

If this isn’t a wake up call, what is?