oil spill clean up


“This sponge absorbs oil from water. In a recent test, it pulled oil out of 2 million gallons of seawater.“

Greek oil spill forces closure of Athens beaches
By Helena Smith

An emergency operation is under way to clean up an oil spill from a sunken tanker that has blackened popular beaches and bays in Athens’ Argo-Saronic gulf.

What had been thought a containable spill is being described by officials as an ecological disaster after thick tar and oil pollution drifted toward residential coastal areas.

By Thursday, four days after the 45-year-old Agia Zoni II sank off Salamína island, mayors in suburbs south of the capital were forced to close beaches, citing public health risks.

“This is a major environmental disaster,” said the mayor of Salamína, Isidora Nannou-Papathanassiou. “Clearly the danger [of pollution] was not properly gauged, the currents have moved the spill.”

The vessel sank while at anchor in the early hours of Sunday. It was carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel oil and marine gas when it went down in mild weather. It has emerged that only two of its 11-strong crew – the captain and chief engineer – were on board when it began to take on water. Both men have since been charged with negligence but freed on bail.

Second Chance (Karamel) - Chapter 2

Originally posted by fyeahkaramel

One moment can change everything.

When Mon-El lost Kara, his fiancee, in an alien invasion one year ago, he thought he’d never see her again. Since then he’s been trying to build himself a life and pick up whatever pieces of him was left after losing her, and he’s been failing miserably. Just when he thinks he can’t go on anymore and loses all hope, he’s thrust into a world completely different than his; a world in which everything he used to know is changed. Which includes Kara Danvers never dying on that fateful night.

Mon-El soon finds out it won’t be as easy as he hoped it would be to reverse the changes, especially when with each passing day he gets more sucked up into his new life. Because in the end, reversing everything means losing Kara all over again, and he’s not sure he’s strong enough to go through that a second time.

Other Chapters:
- Prologue
- Chapter 1: Failure
- Chapter 2: Nightmare
- Chapter 3: Gone
- Chapter 4: Ripple Effect
Chapter 5: Fault
- Chapter 6: Valor
- Chapter 7: Not Enough
- Chapter 8: Happiness

Karamel Fanfiction Masterlist

Note: All I can say is… Prepare for angst. (And maybe have a tissue or two by your side. Just in case.)

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Thinking Outloud about Modern Witches

Are Sea Witches trying to fight back the Fukushima radiation?

Are Mountain and Desert witches battling the frackers?

Are Swamp Witches cleaning up oil spills?

Are Storm Witches marking the changes of climate and weather?

Are City Witches putting up protection and peace wards when terror threats are high?

Are Green Witches growing cannabis to heal their neighbors?

Just my daydreams for today…

New Material Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

by Marcus Woo, Inside Science

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago today, killing 11 people. The leak that followed spilled millions of barrels of oil, creating one of the worst environmental disasters ever.

Despite renewed safety efforts, disastrous accidents will almost surely happen again.

During the Deepwater Horizon disaster, cleanup workers used a number of methods to reduce the spill’s impact, including boats that skim the oil off the gulf’s surface, chemicals that disperse the oil, oil-absorbing pom-poms, and even burning. Now, researchers have developed a new potential tool: a high-tech coated mesh that separates oil from water with the ease of a sieve.

“There’s only so much oil you can absorb,” said materials scientist Bharat Bhushan of The Ohio State University. “What we try to do is rather than absorb it, we try to separate the two.”  

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I’ve always had a bit of a thing for hair, artistically and otherwise. At uni it became the material and conceptual focus of my Bachelor of Fine Arts. In addition to drawing and photographing it, I embroidered, knitted and felted with it. Friends and family were more than happy to donate their hair but it was never enough, so I used to visit the hairdressers down the road and take the bags of hair they’d otherwise throw in the dumpster, sorting through it for different lengths and colours.

I’m a bit of a hoarder, especially of art materials, so I’d hung on to the leftovers from my BFA until recently when I was cleaning out my cupboard and decided it was time to free up some space. I’m always reluctant to throw things in the garbage and add to the already abundant mountains of landfill so I had an idea.

During my degree I’d read somewhere that as well being useful in cleaning up oil spills, hair also makes for great mulch because it’s incredibly effective at suppressing weeds on account of it allowing water through but felting in the process. So I’ve decided to put it to the test in a section of the garden where I’ve been battling some particularly persistent weeds!

I’m sorry I made a hero out of you. Ordinary people don’t always like to be twisted into angels. You’re a sinner, just like the rest of us, with twisted up shoelaces and a wretched laugh. Together our voices sound like oil spills and someone’s always going to have to struggle to clean up the mess we leave behind. I’m sorry I painted you like an art exhibit – another MoMA frame tilted and mounted on the vanilla walls. Just like when we walked around the floors and spent forever trying to dissect oil painting clown faces from the people around us. I swore when I held your hand I’d crush every single bone you offered to me.

I’m sorry I wasn’t one of those cool girls without a crippling personality disorder to dictate every step I took. Sorry I couldn’t seem to separate high school hallways from reality. I never really claimed to be sane, in my defense, but I remember when you met me and I swear I wasn’t always this little girl riding around, choking up nicotine and counting the skips in my pulse. Something in me switched – on or off, I don’t know, but it’s like a light switch. You know? I don’t know. This poem was supposed to be about the questions I never asked you – the ones that keep me up at night – but the point is, they don’t matter. None of it matters. Right?

I’m sorry I made poetry out of you. Grew rose bushes around your ribcage and cried out, frightened, when I first learned that thorns draw blood. Caught the riptide in your eyes and grew angry when I found myself drowning. In every metaphor you remain cast as the boy with sun in his eyes and fire in his hands. You are drowning and rising from ash. There is no way to write about your hurricane; I only pop open bottles of champagne to dull this careful song that rises in my throat every time I visualize your bags packed and your hands full of someone else’s nightmares. Perfect precision; my hands shake after touching you for hours. Cuts thread through soft skin like tiny ribbons.

Actually, that didn’t happen. I won’t do it, but it sounds nice in poems. That’s the shit people want to read about. I’m sorry. I’m doing it again. I’m writing about us in nothing but metaphor and simile; I’m ripping these scars wide open. Yours and mine.

There is a dangerous throb in the center of your wrists now. I dare you to cut open a vein to spill that magic; what color do you bleed? I imagine instead of red, you’d bleed ink – every single poem I have ever written for you.

—  Real poems for real ghosts

Physicists Manipulate Waves To Make Tractor Beam

Scientists studying how floating particles move on the surface of water have come up with a way to pull them in, push them away or make them stay still. They can now precisely control objects by generating waves with specified frequency and amplitude.

The work by Australian National University researchers might find use in cleaning up oil spills. It could also lead to a better understanding of how moving water develops into rip currents.

“We have figured out a way of creating waves that can force a floating object to move against the direction of the wave,” said physicist Horst Punzmann, who led the research. "No one could have guessed this result.“

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Drabble: I'll See You in the Morning

Blanche sighs when she enters the quiet and dark apartment, it’s been a long week. Because of a nearby oil spill on the beach, it forced Blanche’s tentacool migration research a delay of at least a couple weeks. Blanche massages her forehead and leans against the wall where she toes off her shoes and moves them next to a pair of red flats and yellow converse. She sheds her coat and freezes when she hears a clatter from inside the apartment. Her ears strain to hear and she spots a faint yellow light far to her left. Her feet are silent as she pads to the kitchen and discovers- Spark. 

With a mouth full of chocolate cereal. He startles and opens his mouth to greet her or yell, probably something unnecessarily loud, but the milk and chunks of cereal dribble out of his mouth and spill back into the bowl and partly on his shirt. Blanche closes her eyes and sighs while Spark looks down and shrugs, swallowing whenever was left in his mouth. “Blanche! You’re back!” He whispers loudly with a grin. 

Blanche gives him a small smile. “I’m home. What are you doing up now though? Do you have any idea what time it is?” She frowns. She looks at her watch and rubs her eyes. 1:27 AM. Spark only shrugs and shoves another spoon of cereal in his mouth. 

“Cravings.” He says around the food. Blanche makes a disgusted face leans against the counter and Spark chews. He swallows and gives her a concerned look. “I don’t think I’ve seen you at home for more than a couple of hours this week, Blanche.” She looks down and rubs her aching forehead. 

“I know, but with the oil spill and everything being pushed back and holding a pokemon clean up rather than research, I’ve been very busy, I have to be there, everyone is relying on me to-” a hand rests on her cheek and nudges her head up. A thumb smooths under her eyes where dark purple crescents have made their home on her face this past week. 

“Blanche, you need to take care of yourself.” Spark says with a frown. He’s set the bowl aside and both hands settle on either side of her head and begin to rub small, soothing circles into her temple. “I understand that there’s a lot to be done but you’re only human. I know for a fact that you have very capable interns and trainers that would happily lighten your burden. Trying to fix everything yourself is going to run you into the ground.” He whispers and Blanche allows herself to shut her eyes and relax into the ministrations. 

Blanche loses track of how much time passes but when Spark lets his hands fall away, she opens her eyes drowsily. “Go get some sleep, you can shower in the morning.” He gently nudges her towards her bedroom and gives her a warm hug outside her door. “Good night, Blanche,” he smiles. 

 She covers her yawn and nods.

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Seaworld trainer on facebook posted her thoughts about BWP and the proposed ban on breeding.  

“Beyond frustrated right now. Please be advised, a long rant begins here.

I don’t understand how so many people turn their back on the very place that is directly responsible for making them come to know and fall in love with killer whales? Before SeaWorld, these animals were feared, mindlessly hunted, and actually used as target practice, and today they are one of the most loved animals in the world. I would have NEVER had the opportunity to see such an animal up close and personal during my childhood if SeaWorld didn’t exist. That type of connection cannot be replicated anywhere else, and I cannot even begin to express the impact it had on me as a child. It has shaped me into the environmentally aware and animal loving adult that I am today.

With the California Coastal Commission’s approval of SeaWorld’s killer whale enclosure expansion, comes a stipulation to ban the breeding and movement of a whale and/or genetic material in or out of California, and that is completely outrageous and unacceptable. Just like you cannot force a 10,000 pound animal to do ANYTHING, you cannot stop them from breeding either. In order to fulfill that demand, SeaWorld is left with two options: separate males and females for the rest of their lives (I’m talking keeping pools in between them because they can definitely still breed through a gating system if so desired by the animal) and separate and disrupt the social structure, or have all of the females on birth control for the rest of their lives, where there is still a possibility of pregnancy occurring. Please be reminded that both of these options are something that animal rights activists have complained about; stating inaccurately that we separate families of whales, or that we drug up all of the animals in our care. One cannot complain about these issues, yet enforce them.

Before the announcement of our plans to expand the exhibit, those who oppose SeaWorld claimed the enclosures are too small. Now SeaWorld is essentially being told to accept imminent extinction of killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego, or simply be denied the opportunity to further enhance the lives of these whales by nearly doubling the exhibit from 5 million gallons to 10 million, and an overall surface area of 1.5 acres. Not to mention all of the new enrichment that would be added with the advancements that have been made in technology. That logic is without reason, completely unjustified, and beyond hypocritical. It also tells me that those who voted on this proposal do not actually care about the animals involved and how they will be effected by this decision, at all.

The whole point of this expansion is to continue what SeaWorld has always done: be a world leader in animal care, to evolve and improve allowing us to better understand these amazing animals and share that knowledge with others, and to educate the public on the importance of conservation efforts. Because we are a for profit company, we have the ability to take top notch care for the animals we house and offer our assistance to animals in need out in the wild.

When there’s an oil spill, who is there to assist and clean up the animals? SeaWorld. When there’s an unusual mortality event such as the massive die off of sea lions, who is there to provide care for these sick animals and get them healthy again so they can be returned to the wild? SeaWorld. (I actually worked close to 80 hours of overtime in addition to normal 40 hour work weeks during this event). When there’s a whale entanglement issue, who is there to assist and provide experience to ensure the whale is freed of the trash that a human has deposited into its environment? SeaWorld. When there’s a stranded manatee, who is one of the three facilities in the world qualified to rescue and rehabilitate it? SeaWorld. When there is a stranded dolphin or whale, who is one of a very small handful of facilities in the world qualified and equipped to rescue and rehabilitate it? SeaWorld. Who do non-profit rescue facilities turn to in times of need? SeaWorld.

As if that isn’t enough, in 2013 alone, SeaWorld and Busch Garden’s Conservation fund granted 1.2 million dollars to 93 different conservation projects around the world. They have awarded over 11 million dollars in conservation grants to over 800 organizations since the creation of this non-profit private foundation in 2003.

There is a common theme in this post, and it is one of hypocrisy. The activists and scientists who claim SeaWorld needs to go away are the very same people who would like to, instead of SeaWorld, house the animals in their care (because they believe they would do a better job), and/or sentence them to imminent death by releasing them into the ocean, which a signifiant majority of the whales have never seen because they were born at SeaWorld. They only care about their personal ideals and gains, not about the best interest of the animals.

If you made it this far, thanks for sticking it out and reading till the end. I will always stand up for these animals and continue to be a good steward for them and their wild counter parts. Always.”

Absolutely love this.  Thank you Melissa for voicing your opinion!  

Chevron has partnered with Texaco Oil company and have been dumping their waste around the Amazon. Since there are indigenous people living in voluntary isolation near the oil projects, they have to suffer from being exposed to such toxics. This little girl has to live with these pollutants because Chevron and Texaco do not take in consideration where they are leaving their waste and have no need to clean it all up.

Microbial communities provide humans and other species with tangible and sometimes even delicious benefits. Microbes make up a major fraction of the biomass on Earth and play a critical role within the global ecosystem that supports all larger organisms, including us. They produce much of the oxygen we breathe, and are recruited to clean up environmental pollution like oil spills, or to treat our wastewater. Not to mention, biofilms are normal and flavor-enhancing parts of many of the foods we enjoy, including cheese, salami and Kombucha.

Bon appetit!

From the TED-Ed Lesson The microbial jungles all over the place (and you) - Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter

Animation by Qa'ed Mai


The World’s Smallest Robots: Rise of the Nanomachines

This short documentary by the The American Chemical Society & the University of Nebraska about nanomachines is worth a watch. Not the ususal #transhumancyborgswilldisruptyourfutures stuff but a realistic look at science and opportunities.

Nanomachines – including nano-sized motors, rockets and even cars – are many orders of magnitude smaller than a human cell, but they have huge promise. In the future, they could deliver drugs anywhere in the body, clean up oil spills and might even be used as artificial muscle cells.

What is the disconnect between BP spilling millions of barrels of oil and BP paying to clean it up? You break the ocean, you pay for it.

The Oil Industry has too much power, creates too much pollution, and needs to be taught a lesson by “We, the People”.

velcropleather  asked:

Yo nice blog, from what I had heard from other sources there were a lot of good regulations on the trans mountain pipeline, of course any pipeline is most likely going to be incredibly negative, but was everything pretty much entirely unreasonable ?

Its not reasonable.

This government wants to reduce its Climate Change emissions 30 per cent before 2030. That’s virtually impossible with this pipeline as it will emit more CO2 than they’ll save with their carbon tax or the phase out of Coal, combined.

Also the PM has no social license to proceed with this project. BC’s major cities, the majority of First Nations and 91% of people who showed up at hearings rejected this project.

In Burnaby this pipeline will go right through a wildlife conservation area, and right through a big University (SFU).

There’s also a very real chance this pipeline could spill causing billions of dollars and risking Thousands of jobs in British Columbia. And as the diesel spill in Bella Bella shows we are not capable of cleaning up oil spills, even small ones.

And if that weren’t worse enough this pipeline is predicted to make the Southern Resident Killer Whales go extinct.

Economically, it’s not a job creator. Most jobs it will create are temporary, construction based. Permanent jobs total: 50. Which is a joke. That’s not a wise investment of money. Spending almost 10 billion dollars for 50 full time jobs is laughably bad.

I’ll cite my sources below. I encourage you to read them.

Trudeau, Climate Leaders Don’t Build Pipelines (Contains stats on Climate emissions from this pipeline)

Approving Kinder Morgan Would Make Coal Phase-Out Irrelevant

Kinder Morgan Approval Insults Democracy, Science and Economic Logic

Environmentalists predict pipeline expansion will lead to extinction of orcas

Big oil v orcas: Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink

Burnaby Public Town Hall – 100% Opposed to Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan pipeline, tankers endanger thousands of B.C. outdoor jobs and potentially billions in future revenue

Eco-tourism worth billions trumps value of Kinder Morgan project, new report argues


Independent scientific assessment rejects Kinder Morgan pipeline

Leak from proposed pipeline would devastate bird, wildlife population

Kinder Morgan pipeline spill could cost Vancouver $1.2 billion

Obama invokes 1953 law to indefinitely block drilling in Arctic and Atlantic oceans
President Barack Obama used a provision, which Donald Trump cannot easily sweep aside, to block drilling in federal waters.
By Tom DiChristopher

“The law allows a president to withdraw any currently unleased lands in the Outer Continental Shelf from future lease sales. There is no provision in the law that allows the executive’s successor to repeal the decision, so President-elect Donald Trump would not be able to easily brush aside the action.

…The lands covered include the bulk of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in the Arctic and 31 underwater canyons in the Atlantic.

Canada also imposed a five-year ban on all oil and gas drilling licensing in the Canadian Arctic. The moratorium will be reviewed every five years.

 "These actions, and Canada’s parallel actions, protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region on earth,“ Obama said in a statement.

 ”They reflect the scientific assessment that, even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region’s harsh conditions is limited.


Oil Spill Help: New Coating Quickly Separates Oil From Water 

by Michael Keller

Scientists at Durham University in the UK have developed a coating that repels oil and attracts water. When applied to stainless steel mesh like that found in screen doors, the material lets water pass through quickly while blocking oil.

The team behind the innovation, which rapidly separates water-oil mixtures with 98 percent efficiency, says it could be used to clean up oil spills and in similar applications. 

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taintedvoodoo-deactivated201607  asked:

(( I'll send one o3o )) A whole crew was set out on an oil spill clean up. The waves were unforgiving as they splashed against the ship. Once they got close to the oil rig, they saw giant, purple tentacles hanging onto it. (( I'm not very good with starters ;3; ))

lukes eyes widen seeing the tentacles