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March 01 2013

13:13

April 18 2012

14:54

An Enemy in Your Sand Castle

A new study offers guidance on what levels of disease-causing bacteria in sand could pose a risk to children and other beachgoers.
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March 30 2012

15:45

Deadly Bacteria Found In Gulf Coast Tar Balls

Since the very first tar balls began rolling onshore along the Gulf of Mexico following 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion and subsequent underwater oil geyser, the oil industry told us to relax because those tar balls were completely harmless. But as we approach the two year anniversary of the disaster, new studies have confirmed that the tar balls we’re seeing along our beaches contain bacteria that are capable of killing human beings.

The new study, conducted by scientists at Auburn University, confirmed the presence of a bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus. According to researchers, this is the same bacteria that is responsible for causing illness and death from eating bad oysters. The tar balls contained concentrations of this bacteria more than 100 times greater than the surrounding water. The Centers for Disease Control says the following regarding Vibrio vulnificus:
  

Wound infections may start as redness and swelling at the site of the wound that then can progress to affect the whole body. V. vulnificus typically causes a severe and life-threatening illness characterized by fever and chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock), and blood-tinged blistering skin lesions (hemorrhagic bullae). Overall, V. vulnificus infections are fatal about 40% of the time. Wound infections with V. vulnificus are fatal about 20% of the time, and aggressive surgical treatment can prevent death.

Persons who have immunocompromising conditions and especially persons with chronic liver disease are particularly at risk for V. vulnificus infection when they eat raw or undercooked seafood, particularly shellfish harvested from the Gulf of Mexico, or if they bathe a cut or scrape in marine waters. About three-quarters of patients with V. vulnificus infections have known underlying hepatic disease or other immunocompromising illness. Otherwise healthy persons are at much lower risk of V. vulnificus infection.
 

It is important to remember that this isn’t a fleeting threat to those of us who live, work, and play along the Gulf Coast. National Geographic recently pointed out that tarballs are continuously washing up along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico, meaning that the threat of bacterial infection is not only real, but it is persistent. And with Spring Break season in high gear, beaches along the Gulf Coast are currently inundated with out of state families playing and relaxing on top of these toxic bacteria balls.

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January 09 2012

20:05

Revisiting the Deepwater Horizon Plumes

Instead of forming undersea rivers or plumes, a study suggests, dissolved oil and gas from the Deepwater Horizon spill probably formed big, billowing clouds that drifted around the northern gulf, appearing or reappearing in different places at different times

October 28 2011

18:19

March 10 2011

17:07

Ethanol Plant Is Switching to Butanol

When butanol goes into rubber and plastics, it not only replaces oil but also becomes a place where carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, can be stored after it is pulled out of the atmosphere.

February 10 2011

14:57

Yet Another Route to Cellulosic Ethanol

Ineos will gasify plant waste and then use bacteria that eat the resulting carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The gas they don't eat will be burned for electricity.

November 08 2010

20:40

August 24 2010

17:00

Scientists Find Oil-Eating Bacteria Plentiful in Deep Gulf Waters

Oil-eating bacteria exist in significant quantities even in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and may be breaking down submerged oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak faster than previously believed, scientists are reporting today.

August 18 2010

20:25

Oil Plumes May Be More Toxic Than Thought, Scientists Warn

If preliminary results hold true, they would add weight to warnings that the heavily dispersed oil in the gulf remains a persistent threat to sea life.

July 06 2010

13:45

March 15 2010

21:04

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