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U.S. Coast Guard vessels battle the fire on the Deepwater Horizon while searching for survivors from the rig’s 126-person crew. U.S. Coast Guard/Wikipedia

‘Deepwater Horizon’ honors oil rig workers but oversimplifies the blowout

The new movie 'Deepwater Horizon' depicts the blowout that triggered the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A professor of petroleum engineering assesses what the film gets right and wrong.
Sperm whales, like many other species, use echolocation which can be hampered by noise. Gabriel Barathieu/Wikimedia Commons

It’s time to speak up about noise pollution in the oceans

We tend to think of the oceans as quiet, when in fact they're anything but. Noise is the "forgotten pollutant", but the good news is that unlike many other pollutants it can be switched off if we try.
Cartier Island marine reserve is part of a network that covers one-third of Australian waters. Australian Institute of Marine Science

Oil, gas and marine parks really can coexist in our oceans – here’s how

Marine parks need to cover large swathes of ocean, but they also need to cover the right areas if they are to deliver the best conservation. New research off Australia's northwest suggests how.
Activists surround Shell Oil rig in Seattle’s Elliot Bay to protest Arctic drilling plans. Daniella Beccaria/Flickr

Offshore drilling: why it makes economic sense to wait

Offshore drilling debates boil down to "Drill, baby, drill" versus "spill, baby, spill." But economists say the right question is when we know enough to drill safely – and often that means waiting.
The Kulluk, Shell’s Arctic offshore drilling platform, was grounded in 2013 after efforts by the US Coast Guard and tug vessel crews to move the vessel to a safe harbor during a winter storm. Zachary Painter/ US Coast Guard/

US permits Arctic drilling, but questions about safety remain

Shell is going back to the Arctic to explore offshore drilling, but the company and the Department of Interior are not using the best practices for avoiding the risk of a spill.
Ready for more? Department of Energy

Are we ready for more offshore drilling?

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration is looking to expand offshore drilling. Is it any safer today?

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