To contain the oil spill, Gulf of Mexico slicks will be set alight. The hope is that this will stop the oil spill before it hits land. But oil burns are a sign that other efforts have failed.
A Christian Science perspective.
South Koreans watch a live TV broadcast of South Korean climber Oh Eun-sun reaching the summit of Annapurna in Nepal on Tuesday. Oh made history in the Himalayas by becoming the first woman to scale the world's 14 highest mountains, beating out a Spanish rival for the record.
Oil spill: Gulf of Mexico spill has been seen by a NASA satellite as the slick expands from the site of last week's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has tripled in size in 24 hours. Company officials remain confident that they can contain it before it hits land, but environmentalists are increasingly doubtful.
The oil spill issuing from the sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is not yet an immediate threat to the Louisiana coast. But the longer it spreads, the greater the risk to the fragile ecosystem.
The ecosystem of the Gulf Coast is at risk as an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil are leaked per day.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion comes three weeks after the Obama administration proposed opening up parts of the Gulf for deepwater exploration. Two Democratic senators are raising broader safety concerns.
The science and history behind oil spills.
A well 'blowout' from the sunken Transocean Deepwater Explorer oil rig is spewing 7,400 barrels of crude oil a day, and could threaten Gulf of Mexico ecology.