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  • Gulf oil spill: failure of blowout preventer traced to bent drill pipe

    Gulf oil spill: failure of blowout preventer traced to bent drill pipe

    A team of Norwegian experts concludes that the ‘blind-shear ram,’ which was part of the blowout preventer, was not designed to deal with the bent pipe. Their report on this aspect of the Gulf oil spill was released Wednesday.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Pollution

    This NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico obtained on May 28, 2010 shows the extent of the oil released from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The oil can be seen as a sheen on the water surface. It is especially evident when the angle of the sun's light that is reflected off of the ocean surface is equal to the viewing angle of the satellite - called sunglint.

  • On a mission to restore the Louisiana bayou

    On a mission to restore the Louisiana bayou

    Retired dairy farmers, they were no strangers to muck as they helped revive the marsh of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.

  • Eight ways $100 oil may affect you

    Eight ways $100 oil may affect you

    In recent weeks, the price of a barrel of oil has stayed at about $100 a barrel, and gasoline prices have been edging closer to $4 a gallon. The costs are apparently due to events half a world away, in the Middle East. Even though plenty of oil is around, there is fear of further disruptions, and consumers, business people, and politicians have all been making adjustments. Here are eight ways that higher energy prices are starting to affect America.

  • Opinion Japan's nuclear crisis pales in comparison to destruction from global climate change

    As horrific as nuclear meltdowns are, they pale in significance to the global meltdown of climate change. The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reminds us of the mortal threat we pose to the living earth itself. The good news? We can do something about that crisis.

  • Reports: Lax oversight, 'greed' preceded Japan nuclear crisis

    Reports: Lax oversight, 'greed' preceded Japan nuclear crisis

    Reports suggest that greed within the worldwide nuclear industry, combined with an insufficient UN watchdog and lax oversight of Japan's nuclear plants, contributed to the Japan nuclear crisis.

  • Obama defends energy policy as gas prices rise

    Obama defends energy policy as gas prices rise

    President Obama, under attack from Republicans over higher gas prices, counterpunched on Friday, saying domestic oil production is at its highest level since 2003.

  • Fat Tuesday: biggest crowds since Katrina? Big Easy hopes so.

    Fat Tuesday: biggest crowds since Katrina? Big Easy hopes so.

    Fat Tuesday celebration expected to be largest since hurricane Katrina. New Orleans firms need big influx of Fat Tuesday tourists.

  • Spring break deals? Plentiful in Panama City, Fla.

    Spring break deals? Plentiful in Panama City, Fla.

    Spring break deals are popping in Panama City Beach, Fla. Airboat tours, limousine rides, and hot wings are some of the spring break deals available to students.

  • Baby dolphin die-off in Gulf: Cold water, not oil spill, the culprit?

    Baby dolphin die-off in Gulf: Cold water, not oil spill, the culprit?

    Runoff from unusual snowfall in Alabama caused water temperatures in Mobile Bay to drop suddenly, possibly leading to stillbirths of baby dolphins, researchers say. Poisoning as a result last year's oil spill is another possible culprit.