via Clean Technica – Steve Hanley – Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have studied the microbes found on several shipwrecks in the vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon, the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that exploded in 2010, killing 11 workers and spewing an estimated 4 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf. Their research, published June 28 in the journal Scientific Reports, claims the oil residue has caused fundamental changes in those microbes, which play an important role in carbon dioxide absorption by the oceans and are essential building blocks in the food chain for marine life.
“At the sites closest to the spill, biodiversity was flattened,” Leila Hamdan, a microbial ecologist at the University of Southern Mississippi and lead author of the study, tells The Guardian. “There were fewer types of microbes. This is a cold, dark environment and anything you put down there will be longer lasting than oil on a beach in Florida. It’s premature to imagine that all the effects of the spill are over and remediated.”
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“This is an oil spill of a type we haven’t seen before,” said paul johnston, a scientist at greenpeace research laboratories at the university of exeter in england. “working out the impact is actually a huge task — probably next to impossible.”
Zhoushan, china — a fiery collision that sank an iranian tanker in the east china sea a month ago has resulted in an environmental threat that experts say is unlike any before: an almost invisible type of petroleum has begun to contaminate some of the most important fishing grounds in asia, from china to japan and beyond.
What could be the largest oil spill since 1989’s exxon valdez is unfolding in the east china sea after a deadly and fiery collision between two vessels caused a tanker to sink.
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Deep Thunder combines big data and machine-learning tools from IBM Research with The Weather Company’s global forecasting model, which includes more than 195,000 personal weather stations.
Mary Glackin, head of science and forecast operations at The Weather Company, said the tool will help companies with critical decision making. The data will be able to show how minor changes to weather, such as temperature, might affect things like consumer buying behavior, helping retailers to adjust their supply chains and shelve stocks, she said.
It is also to control the Weather Channel message.
Photo synthesis tapers off at 104. Iranians have reported ambient temperatures of 124. 165 heat indexes in India.
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