Widespread Land Loss On US Gulf Coast From BP Oil Spill

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Hurricane Katrina Gulf of Mexico 2005

Wetlands and barrier islands provide protection from the strong winds and storm surges of hurricanes. It is estimated that every 2.7 miles of wetlands reduces a storm surge by one foot. As erosion continues, and wetlands turn to open water, their ability to decrease approaching storm surges decreases and the risk of catastrophic loss of life and property from hurricanes is greatly increased.” https://www2.southeastern.edu/orgs/oilspill/wetlands.html

Study Finds Widespread Land Losses from Gulf Oil Spill
Nov. 17, 2016

2010 photo of a shoreline in Bay Jimmy, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, impacted by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Oil weakens and kills vegetation, leading to the loss of roots that help hold soil together.
Credits: Bruce A. Davis, Department of Homeland Security

Dramatic, widespread shoreline loss is revealed in new NASA/U.S. Geological Survey annual maps of the Louisiana marshlands where the coastline was most…

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8 comments on “Widespread Land Loss On US Gulf Coast From BP Oil Spill

  1. Honestly, Nancy, the US president is overruling all the little good things done before his terrible arrival at the white house. I’m afraid nobody and nothing will be able to make him use the brain (ups, does he have one?) since it seems to me that each single decision he takes, is going to worsen the environamental situation.
    How can american people feel safe? How can they tolerate such position statements and actions? I wish you a serene week, in so far… :-)c

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    • Claudine, every president we’ve had especially Clinton and the ones that followed, has screwed over this country one way or another… They all cater to special interest, with the big bucks!President Trump wants to bring (money) back into this country and he’s not going to let anyone stand in his way of making money….. that includes the Environment and Wildlife!

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    • Those of us who are thinking don’t feel safe. Obama was really in bed with the nuclear industry so I thought it couldn’t get worse, but it has. I think Obama let them pollute at 50% as a compromise between big business and the public. (Obama was still letting them put many tonnes of mercury into the air in his clean air rule.) Trump’s letting them pollute at 100%. Any ideas of what to do? The majority dislike him. I don’t understand what’s in most people’s minds, however. And, less and less so. The US hasn’t had a real economy since at least Reagan, if it ever did. Jobs haven’t paid a living wage. Getting a formal education is a worthless endeavor. So, I think survival is what most focus on. Feeding their kids and grandkids, and not getting killed by the local drug dealers and mafia. Now many generations of defunding of education means a huge part of the population is illiterate anyway. But, I wouldn’t feel safe in Italy either since the mob has buried rad waste all over. However, based on Schiavone’s testimony, I think the mafia did a better job than the US gov as they buried it in lead-lined containers, apparently on the side or under highways. Also, not just Trump but the Congress is a problem. On a more pleasant note, I love your icon. And, it’s amazing to know that such lovely and caring people as you and Nancy exist. That is a sort of miracle.

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      • I don’t think we are a miracle… actually each sentient being can do wonders… even the littlest creature such an ant, can.
        We have to change paradigms, we have to reach out to the sky and show that we care about our planet Earth… the only one House we have!
        It all starts with the “deep change” inside ourselves, giving examples, speaking to friends and family members… doing the first step!
        This is the reason why I write novels, to spread around sensibility enclosed into a plot…
        But the change will take a long time, and we don’t have such privilege…
        Hugs to you and thank you for your help for the environment! Never give up.
        :-)claudine

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