A new study of dolphins living close to the site of North America’s worst ever oil spill – the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe two years ago – has established serious health problems afflicting the marine mammals.
The report, commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], found that many of the 32 dolphins studied were underweight, anaemic and suffering from lung and liver disease, while nearly half had low levels of a hormone that helps the mammals deal with stress as well as regulating their metabolism and immune systems.
More than 200m gallons of crude oil flowed from the well after a series of explosions on 20 April 2010, which killed 11 workers. The spill contaminated the Gulf of Mexico and its coastline in what President Barack Obama called America’s worst environmental disaster.
“I have a foreboding of America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public intrest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost their ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish what feels good and what is true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”
~Carl Sagan – The Demon Haunted World
Wet the grass, son… The time is now.
These are police at the ready to stem and control protesters at the republican national convention (an event whereby the party leader is officially nominated for the eventual electoral campaign for presidency).
People who went to the convention with the intent of disrupting proceedings will most likely be detained until the convention has completed.
They have covered their names, and are wearing full body gear to obfuscate themselves in the event misconduct of theirs could be taped.