Clean-up operations after a spill can miss large quantities of the oil, with severe risks for marine habitats, fish and birds.
Multiple ocean industries are rapidly growing, but efforts to protect vulnerable habitats are stalling.
Mauritius’ oil spill highlights the plight of impoverished communities that live along the coastline.
Marine wildlife rarely remain in one habitat. Most species rely on a healthy network of ecosystems to raise their young and catch their food.
After the oil spill, the usual sight of families strolling by the sea was quickly replaced by volunteers working hard in a concerted effort to protect their coast.
Independent investigations will need to look into potential failures in response to the disastrous Mauritian oil spill.
Mauritians have been volunteering to help clear an oil spill from the MV Wakashio but have been told not to. It’s difficult when the threat of oil and inaction is what many have seen.
No one wants an oil spill in their backyard. Yet to understand the real-world fate and effects of diluted bitumen — a Canadian oil sands product — that’s exactly what some scientists did.
Climate change is thawing permafrost and increasing the risk of these accidents, and the region has fewer of the bacteria that can ‘clean up’ oil spills.
The Niger Delta oil conflict requires broad consultation and effective dialogue between communities, oil companies and the Nigerian government.
The eastern Arctic and sub-Arctic marine areas of Canada are changing rapidly under climate change.
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.
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.
Climate change, pollution and illegal fishing by foreign boats is threatening the livelihoods of millions of people.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
The industry has wanted access to offshore oil for decades, but the Arctic remains challenging. Consumers, meanwhile, seem conflicted on expanded offshore drilling.