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August 03 2012

18:22

On Our Radar: Hunger in North Korea

Floods have swept away crops and damaged wells and pumping stations, leaving many without food or clean drinking water, a United Nations agency said.

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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March 24 2011

12:30

February 03 2011

21:30

Oyster Reefs Are Vanishing From Overharvesting

Roughly 85 percent of the world's wild oyster reefs have disappeared over the last century, largely as a result of destructive overharvesting and other manufactured causes, a study finds.

July 21 2010

17:11

For Oysters, a 'Remedy' Turned Catastrophe

Diversions of freshwater from the Mississippi are said to have killed as much of 80 percent of the oysters in some Louisiana fisheries.

June 30 2010

20:40

New Start for Schools, Fish and Human

Governors Island will be the new home of the Urban Assembly Harbor School, a public high school currently in Bushwick, Brooklyn, that focuses on environmentalism.

June 13 2010

12:31

The Day the Shucking Stopped

The P&J Oyster Company, the oldest oyster processor and distributor in New Orleans, has stopped shucking oysters because of the oil spill.

June 08 2010

15:50

Tracking Oil Though the Food Web

A scientist at the California Academy of Sciences is using his experience tracking oil pollution residues in the shells of San Francisco Bay mollusks to understand the impact of the oil spill on the food web in the Gulf of Mexico.

May 12 2010

17:02
12:07

Update: Fishing Shrivels as Slick Advances

The area of the Gulf of Mexico off limits to fishing grew yet again on Tuesday as federal officials invoked emergency powers to close down thousands of additional square miles in advance of the oil slick that is spreading uncontrollably from an undersea well blowout.
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