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Reusable sponge used for tackling oil spills

Oil spills cause considerable environmental harm, including posing risks to seabirds and fish. A rapid response to an oil spill is critical. While there are different methods, each is limited. A new ‘sponge-like’ material looks promising so far.

Nanotechnology provides solution for oil spills

Oil spills are very difficult to address and cause significant ecological harm. A new method, based on nanotechnology, can turn an oil spill into a floating mass of brown jelly.

Magnets could pull oil from water to protect wildlife

Scientists are examining a novel way to address oil spills, and to protect marine wildlife, through the use of magnets. The idea is to use magnets to draw the oil away from key zones.

Deepwater Horizon continues to cause environmental problems

Oozing oil on once cherished marshland continues to be a problem on the U.S. coast as the effects of Deepwater Horizon continue to affect the environment and marine life.

Op-Ed: At the UN climate summit, Peru can't hide a dirty, oily secret

Lima - As delegates from countries around the world gather in the final hours to come to an agreement of climate change, little or nothing at all is being said of the government-sanctioned deforestation, and destructive exploitation of natural resources.

Op-Ed: Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson on Joint Review Panel outcome Special

Calgary - This is an Interview with Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson about the Joint Review Panel outcome and more. Barry acted as legal counsel to three environmental groups in the Joint Review Panel hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

Op-Ed: Attention focuses on fracking in Colorado votes

Boulder - While the nation may not have been watching at all, it certainly was not paying much attention when industry developed a way to make the U.S. the world’s leading energy producer again.

Op-Ed: Greenpeace not the Pirates of the Arctic

Russian has dropped piracy charges against 28 Greenpeace International crew and activists. Hooliganism charges remain, and could result in prison time.

B.C. rejects the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project

Calgary - The B.C. Liberal government rejected the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project shortly after they were elected to office. The project was fraught with conflict, and analysis of evidence for this pipeline approval was thorough and relentless.

Oil spills are often bigger than reported

New research suggests that many ocean oil spills, classed as 'minor', are actually bigger than official reports indicate.

Alberta and B.C. fight over Northern Gateway pipeline intensifies

Calgary - The battle between Alberta and British Columbia over the Northern Gateway pipeline project intensifies and continues with no sign of it letting up as Premiers Alison Redford and Christy Clark have a ‘frosty’ meeting in Calgary, Alberta.

Op-Ed: Economic benefits are debated as Enbridge hearings resume

Calgary - The Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings resumed on Tuesday, September 4th as Calgary-based Enbridge and the Alberta Government prepare to convince Canadians that the 6 billion dollar pipeline is important to Canada’s economy.

Op-Ed: Plains Midstream Canada oil spill leads to a $75 million lawsuit

Calgary - On Friday June 22, the Calgary based Merchant Law Group LLP served Plains Midstream Canada with a class action lawsuit for the oil spill near Sundre on June 7, 2012. The lawsuit cites damage done to personal property and the decline in value.

Op-Ed: The Pembina Institute responds to federal environmental cuts Special

Calgary - The Pembina Institute responds to the federal Environmental Emergencies Program cutbacks and consolidation that may compromise environmental emergency responses in future oil spill disasters.

Op-Ed: Keystone XL pipeline project threatens Ogallala Aquifer (Part 3)

Calgary - With the installation of the Keystone XL pipeline, the huge Ogallala Aquifer that supplies fresh water to 82 percent of the people living within its boundary is at risk.

Op-Ed: Keystone XL pipeline poses risks to environment, people (Part 2)

Calgary - Environmentalists warn that the environmental consequences of the Keystone XL pipeline projects will cause further unrest and action from protestors.

BP, Exxon just keep spilling oil

A rupture at a BP pipeline closed for maintenance spilled 4200 gallons of a mixture of methanol and oily water onto the Alaskan tundra over the weekend.

Scientist plans to put crude into Arctic ocean to test clean-up

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is behind a plan to dump up to 1,200 liters of crude oil in the Arctic Ocean in a bid to test clean-up responses.

Study: Oil spill clean-up kills more fish than spills

A new Queen's University study shows that detergents used to clean up spills of diesel oil actually increase its toxicity to fish, making it more harmful.

MIT Develops a 'Paper Towel' for Oil Spills

A mat of nanowires with the touch and feel of paper could be an important new tool in the cleanup of oil and other organic pollutants.

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Map shows the 3 300 pipeline spills and ruptures that have occurred in the US between 2010 and 2015.
Map shows the 3,300 pipeline spills and ruptures that have occurred in the US between 2010 and 2015.
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