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UGA Researcher Calls for More Natural Baseline Data Collection in World’s Oceans

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According to University of Georgia’s Samantha Joye, one of the biggest challenges in evaluating the environmental impacts of the Macondo blowout was the lack of baseline data. She argues in a new article in the journal Science that environmental monitoring data is desperately needed to establish natural baselines.

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Oil Spill Experts from Clarkson U. - Beacon Institute Available to Interview on Indian Point Plant Oil Spill Impact

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New Gulf Oil Specialist More Than Getting Her Feet Wet

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Monica Wilson, the new Florida Sea Grant Gulf oil spill specialist, works with colleagues in several states to bring the latest science data to fishermen, businesses, tourism officials and more.

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Five Years After Gulf Spill, Residents Still Suffering Significant Mental Health Problems

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded. The spill caused enormous environmental damage, but it also caused great stress among Gulf Coast residents. Even now, a significant percentage of people there continue to deal with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, researchers say.

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Five Years After Oil Spill, UF Survey Shows Gulf Coast Residents Are Still Impacted

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The survey shows that more than 34 percent of residents said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their community’s economy after the DWH oil spill, while only 15.6 percent felt that way before the oil spill.

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Five Years After the Deepwater Horizon, Are Gulf States Prepared for the Next Oil Disaster?

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It has been five years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Are Gulf states better prepared today to deal with the next disaster?

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Study Shows Seafood Samples Had No Elevated Contaminant Levels From Oil Spill

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Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. Ina University of Florida study, all seafood tested so far has shown “remarkably low contaminant levels,” based on FDA standards, and revealed that: • 74 percent of samples were below quantifiable limits; • 23 percent of samples were between 0.1-0.9 parts per billion, and; • 3 percent of samples were between 1.0 and 48 parts per billion.

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Researchers Publish Findings on Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Marine Organisms on the Gulf Coast

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Researchers from FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have published findings on the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine organisms such as oysters, conch, shrimp, corals as well as marine plankton (microalgae or phytoplankton, rotifers or zooplankton), which provide the basis of coastal and oceanic food webs.

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Scientists Develop Mesh That Captures Oil—but Lets Water Through

A mesh with a high-tech coating captures oil while water passes right through. With further development of this technology, the researchers say, "you could potentially catch an oil spill with a net."

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NIH Still Active in Gulf Region Five Years After Oil Spill

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters.