An oiled penguin in the aftermath of a spill in the waters of Algoa Bay.
Oil spills from a project that's designed to harness the economic potential of South Africa's oceans are threatening the world's largest remaining African Penguin colony.
Oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
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In 2004 an underwater avalanche destroyed an oil platform off Louisiana, causing a 14-year spill. An expert on oil and gas seeps in the Gulf of Mexico warns that this could happen in other places.
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Climate change, pollution and illegal fishing by foreign boats is threatening the livelihoods of millions of people.
There’s a bridge over this Michigan waterway and a precarious pipeline beneath it.
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A big spill in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac could have devastating consequences. But does replacing the pipeline running beneath it make sense in a warming world?
Nine years after the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea, victims have yet to receive compensation.
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Despite its magnitude, the response to the Montara oil spill did not receive the publicity of other offshore oil disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A freight train curves past a line of waiting tanker cars in California.
The "dig and dump" approach to cleaning oil and gasoline from soil is destructive. Why not nudge the soil's natural cleaners to do the job?
Sunset on the beach, Santa Barbara, California.
Fifty years after a major oil spill in Santa Barbara helped launch the environmental movement, Californians strongly oppose the Trump administration's push to expand offshore drilling.
Sockeye salmon need strong hearts to migrate long distances. An oil spill could hurt their survival.
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Pacific salmon are ingrained in the culture and economy of Canada. They are also a key link between ocean and land. But what happens if a pipeline failure contaminates their habitat?
Shell’s drilling rig destined for waters off Alaska met with problems in the Arctic and protesters in Seattle.
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The industry has wanted access to offshore oil for decades, but the Arctic remains challenging. Consumers, meanwhile, seem conflicted on expanded offshore drilling.
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Population declined by 95% in the years around World War II, according to a new study.
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What happened to the massive underwater 'oil plume'?
Hollywood turns its hand to the worst environmental disaster in US history – from which the environment is strangely missing.
It took BP 87 days to cap the Gulf of Mexico spill.
BP's plans for the Bight say it would take 10 days to begin dispersing an oil spill at source, and 35 days for well-capping equipment to reach the site – making it likely that oil would hit the coast.
Overfishing can teach us valuable lessons about ecosystem resilience.
Large-scale natural experiments such as oil spills, tsunamis and climate change are things you wouldn't want to do on purpose. But that doesn't mean they're not scientifically useful experiments too.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has moved to address environmental pollution and improve the livelihoods of the Ogoni people.
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Oil spills have long plagued the Ogoni people living in the Niger Delta. President Buhari is finally doing something about the pollution. But there are flaws in the government's approach.
The oil fields in the Niger Delta are regularly sabotaged by people living in communities surrounding the fields.
Nigeria must work together with its people to help keep the peace in the Niger Delta.
Offshore oil is not just a risk to the environment – if the world gets serious about mitigating climate change, these resources risk becoming stranded assets.
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Big oil companies are moving to exploit new resources such as the Arctic or the Great Australian Bight. But are they worth the risk?
The MV Shen Neng I spills oil onto the Great Barrier Reef in 2010. Large accidents are rare, but there is still very little monitoring of long-term chronic damage from shipping.
Port traffic near the Great Barrier Reef will more than double by 2025, as coal and other exports grow. While major incidents are rare, the chronic toll on the reef itself still remains largely unknown.
Uncertainty over seafood safety caused anxiety in coastal communities in the wake of the spill.
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Gulf Coast communities are still grappling with the social and economic ills caused by the oil spill.
An oil and gas drilling platform offshore from Australia.
If anything good is to come from the devastation caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Australia’s Montara oil and gas leak the year before, it is that we learn from our mistakes…